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Qui Vive? By _ The Sentry Pope Pins XII, the twenty-fifth of his episcopal con- month..He will re- bouquets and good all over the world, children are in Under the sun. _.He tJs all to pray for peace sent a special request because he knows the innocent little ones Divine Saviour. Even Master was physically his rduous labors, he allow the apostles to ,'hildren back from His He loved them because pure and unsullied by So the Holy Father to pray because they friends of God. But taught to pray by parents have a to teach them and example. Why are cynical and and prayerful? Be- Parents have neglected to train them children of every the same. If they disrespectful and parents and teach- In too many parents have been them over to the Catholic parents have fulfilled their children when tQ a Catholic school is the corn- home, not a sub- If the fathers and  spend their time the training of bound to suffer. The children show know it. The get a true estimate from the character that come from it. has ever been as if it were not for the parents to training that they children at home, the best efforts by their interior- Work of the school. are to pray, their them to pray. be done? There is The family must Family prayer in the modern ha been too much at all hours. The never all at The pursuit and money has ruined The members of the gather at some ap- and pray. exercises of leading Poly- the principal George H. Blakes- Of history stud In- He is con in his knowledge affairs. In one he said, "Our is not due to in literature, the fine arts. This gy. It is us into which it is technology the major part in For this state- commended press. This is a of how far people the true state day world. When ounted an expert and relations fear of contra- can be the peaceful relations real knowledge has It may be: brought us: may be true i to fight with our enemies, so bring us victory. only language understand. not true that us a lasting I US war, science sets it- guide of men's to make men standards of In the success, the resources of and technical skill such a decision Y as long as the lack the same this decision Will be another war settled of another abeyance only of men are law. Only be allowed the theirs by reason nture. Only recognized be established. People go by little about SOme countries the direction of and it is called If it is done in of demo- Right now on foot ,to vacation in in many of This sug- the United wa-', of the an all-year may be oung men of ous to finish ore taking up seems that for not necessary. work that especially Y, this work brothers, on Page 8 o JO ^ . DO IT TODAY Renew your subscription today. Prompt renewals greatly assist The Guardian in its efforts to provide you with the best paper possible. ,E OFFICIAL ORGAN OF THE DIOCESE OF LITTLE ROCK LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS. MAY 15, 1942 No. 21 Volume X $5,000 Initiates Endowment (ampaign For St. John's Holy Martyrs of Uganda, E1 Dorado The little cottage church of the Holy Martyrs of Uganda, E1 Dorado, Colored will note its first anniversary on May 26th, the 55th anniversary of the martyrdom of its patrons. Top photo shows front view of the ctaurch, which was converted from a three-room house Lower photo gives side view. The Rev. R. J. Marmon is pastor. Holy Mar/yrs, Seventh Church For Colored of Diocese, Notes Burse r Comes00 From Pocahontas Pocahontas, parishioners of at Pocahontas havre jointly given a $5,000.00 Burse to St. John' Home Missions Seminary, ing to word reaching The Guardian office today from the Rev. Edward J. Yeager, pastor. This preliminary report is made as the campaign for Seminary En- downment gets underway with the organization of committees and plans to contact every adul] mem- ber- of the congregation, "Father Yeager explains. , The enthusiasm i manifested to date, says the Pocahontas pastor, gives great encouragement for the success of the diocesan-wide cam- paign to endow St. John's Semi- nary as a tribute to Our Beloved Bishop on the occasion of his double anniversary on June 11. IAuxiliary Blesses Our Lady Grotto It was a beautiful and impressive ceremony Ior Mother's Day when i. *  A - ' ]l /It '1 '_ sI [ the Most Reverend Albert L. Flet- cher, D D, dedicated the recently FITSI /-lrtnIoersary tJrt IVlaU 00,Olnl ..... ,J . I compmtea grotto of the Blessea El Dorado  The little, white turn, Father Marmon has receivea I Mother at St. Johns' Seminary." frame cottage on East Frst and the. assistance of his .cIred par- [ A procession started from Morris Brewster streets., E1 Dorado, looks ishmners, whose limited number Hall, went to the center of the no different from the clean, well- seemed to make them tireless in loyal, and crossed' to Fitzgerald kept houses around it, except for their work for the Church. I Hall, whence it broke up to take the symbolic wooden cross which' The property, purchased by the the several paths leading to the Bishop, occupies five lots, with a grotto behind the gymnasium. rises above it. It is the cross which tells the story. And the story of this colored church, which celebrates on May 26th its first anniversary, is one of prayer, sacrifice and ten Years of active planning Thirteen colored parishioners are cared for by the Rev. R. J. Mar- mon, the only diocesan priest at present engaged in such work. And of these 13, six are converts, five have been reclaimed to the Church. The little building, formerly a three-room house with corner porch, came into possession of the diocese on May 26th, 1941, the 55th anniversary of the martyrdom of the holy patrons of the parish, the Holy Martyrs of Uganda. And on June 1, Pentecost Sunday, the first Holy Mass wrs' celebrated there by Father Marmon. Bene- diction of the Most Blessed Sacra- ment was given first on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Easter, 1942, the first High Mass was celebrated in the cottage church, and to date, over 500 Communions have been distributed to the colored faithful. Ten years ago His Excellency, Bishop Morris, began planning for this church for the colored, but was presented with many obsta- cles. Today, this story of spiritual progress can be told, only because of His Excellency's unwillingness to accept defeat in his apostolic mission, which he entrusted' to his priest, Father Marmon, whose missionary activity in Northwest Arkansas is so well known. In May is the month of activity, and The Guardian is swamped with stories. We want them all, but help us by getting write- ups to the office early, even on Friday and Saturday when possible. Thanks! 250-foot front facing north. The former three-room house has been converted into church, with two rooms for the resident priest. The corner porch has been enclosed, and brush, old fences and shrubs removed. Facilities for running i water, sewerage, electricity and gas are available. The interior of the church, which seats 50, has been furnished entirely by gifts. There are three altars, carpeted sanctuary, iron altar railing, oak confessional, sta- tions and an organ. The parish also possesses candle- sticks for three altars, monstrance, vestments of all colors and statues of the Blessed Virgin, St. Joseph, Blessed Martin, Little Flower and two angels. Other statues, which are being supplied by donors, and which have not yet arrived are: Sacred Heart, St. Anthony and the Infaht Jesus of Prague. L. S. Terrell, appointed warden, following the first Mass, has served faithfully. The Altar society, early organ- ized under the title, "St. Mary Guild", has made it possible to pass over many financlal bumps; to date it has raised over $150.00. The organization, which meets on the first and third Sundays of the month, is headed by Mrs. Ora Terrell. Other officers are: Mrs. Rosetta Graham, vice-president; Effie Gene Terrell, secretary; and Mrs. Azzil Lee Alexander, treasur- er. The first church site, purchased by Bishop Morris ten years ago, was sold to procure the more ad'- vantageous present site. The in- valuable advice and services of R. C. Bodenhamer, Real Estate, Insurance Agt. K.W. Bullion and Judge George M. LeCroy in secur- ing the property and clearing the title, should not go unmentioned. Mass is celebrated in the cot- tage each Sunday at 7:30. Bishop Fletcher blessed the corner-stone. MlBeorge Freyal- denhoven, whose family donated the statue of Our Lady of Lourdes, then placed the folio containing a history of the Seminary, of the grotto's construction, and of the donors of the statue, in the corner- stone. After the Auxiliary Bishop blessed the statue he spoke of those "dreams that do come true," and said the grotto was one of those dreams. He recalled' that members of the faculty often spoke See GROTTO on page 8 : Catholic Hi Carnival, Health Meet Thursday Little Rock--The Catholic High School Carnival, an annual af- fair, will be held this year on the school grounds at 25th and State Streets on the afternoon and even- ing of May 21st. As usual, the Carnival will be preceded by the Health Parade of the pupils of the Parochial schOols of Little Rock and North Little Rock at 2 P. M. The Parochial school track meet will be run immediate- ly after the Health Parade and will be conducted by Coach Pete Mer- loni, of Catholic High School. In addition to the usual Carni- val attractions, new ones will be added. A supper will be served by the ladies of the PT.A. in the gymna- sium from 5 until 8 o'clock, under the direction of Mrs. Jos. Beck, president of the P.T.A. The feature attraction will be the awarding of $50.00 to the holder of the lucky ticket. All our friends are invited and are assured of a pleasant afternoon and evening at the Catholic High School. D00otate00d \\; Double Anniversary Of B,shop Founder Noted "I must have priests," said His Excellency. "The needs I see," he continued, "cannot be remedied without them. They ought to be trained somewhere here in the Mission Field, so that they would come to understand from youth the extent of our need." Thus spoke Bishop Morris many years ago to the late Monsignor V. H. Aretz. "With your help, Monsignor, I could establish a Sere- mary," the Bishop said, and like a bolt from the blue he asked: "Will you help me?" Scores of such stories are being unfolded today at the To Launch 'Rev. John L.Curran, O.P., t Campai9 n StatesArmy Chaplain in the ed the Distinguished Service Crosll] for heroic service in action. For- merly stationed at St. JosephT Church, Ponchatoula, La., Father i Chrran holds the rank of Captain.] He studied t Catholic University,1 where his brother, the Rev. Pau .C_Curran, O. P., was ord__e .aat Jua.Sk(_..q_..,  Sr. Raymond Celebrates Silver Jubilee Little Rock--The Seminary En- dowment Fund Campaign t o emass a gift from the Diocese to our Seminary in honor and com- memoration of the double Jubilee of Our Beloved Bishop will be launched next Sunday, May 17. The campaign, which is so or- ganized as to permit all the faith- ful, priests, and' religious to give their mite or fortune to perpetuate our Home Missions Seminary is to last until June 7, when a tabu- lation will be made of results. On Thursday, June 11, the a- mount realized in combined gifts and pledges will be presented His Excellency at a dinner tendered him at the Seminary on his Gold- en Jubilee Day. Many people are expected to make outright gifts and many more will use the convenience of a pledge card, which can be re- deemed by tim donor over a period of eighteen months, all of which shall culminate on the 28th day of November., 1943, e centenary of the founding of the Diocese, A pledge, it is explained by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Jas. P. Gaffney, Rector of St., John's Seminary and Diocesan chairman of the cam- paign, is a sum of money given weekly, monthly or on whatever terms an individual desires, over See CAMPAIGN page 8 Fort SmithThe softly lighted sanctuary redolent with the frag- rance of lovely spring flowers, lavishly adorning altar and clus- tering statues, and the exquisite music issuing from the nuns' choir, all lent an added note of impres- sive .significance to the religious celebration of the Silver Jubilee anniversary o Sister Mary Ray- mond Hoeing, R.S.M. The event was observed on last Tuesday morning in the chapel of St. Edward's Mercy Hospital.' The Rev. T. J. Kennedy, acting chap- lain during the illness of the Very Roy. M. J. Norton, celebrated the High Mass and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The singing of the Te Deum ended the morning service. Present for the occasion was the jubilarian's sister, Mrs. Joseph Prause, from North Little Rock, and several other relatives resid- ing .in Fort Smith. Previous to her entrance into religion Sister M. Raymond's home ee JUBILEE on page 8 Editors to Hear Addresses On Current Topics Milwaukee, (E)--New features will mark the annual conven-: tion of the Catholic Press Asso- ciation to be held in Birming- ham, Ala., May 28-30, Humph- :rey E. Desmond, of the "Catho- lic Herald-Citizen" here, Secre- tary of the Association, has an- nounced. Headquarters will be :at the Hotel Tutwiler. Special features on the pro- gram this year will mark a de- parture from the usual pro- cedure of devoting all available ', time to editorial and advertising *, problems. Addresses on cur- rent topics of vital interest" to editors are being arranged by a special planning committee un- der the chairmanship of the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Edward A. Freking, Editor of "The Catholic Tele- graph-Register", Cincinnati. ,, .,. Annual Communion Breakfast of Little Rock Knights Sunday Little Rock--Lt. Col. J. R. Crume, Executive officer of the Little Rock district United States lngineers will address the Little Rock Council, Knights of Colum- : bus, at their annual Communion breakfast at the new St. Andrew's Cathedral Hall, ninth & Louisiana Sts., "Sunday, May 17th. Honor guest will be His Excel- lency, the Most Reverend Albert L. Fletcher, D.D., Auxiliary Bishop of Little Rock. The breakfast will follow cele- bration of Holy Mass in St. An- drew's Cathedral at 7 o'clock by the Rev. Jas. E. O'Connell, Chap- lain, who will also preach the sermon. Knight will receive Holy Communion at the Mass. The group will gather at the Cathedral Hall at 6:55 a. m. and march in a body to the Cathedral and following the Mass will pro- ceed to the Hall. The breakfast will be served by a committee of ladies of St. Andrew's, headed by Mrs. Ed O'Brien. Committee in charge of Annual Communion, who were appointed by Grand Knigh Leo Byrne of Council 812, are: Bernard Heinze, chairman, Bernard Randolph, co- chairman, S. J. Lynch, John Hum, Wright Lewis, Harry Elliott, Julian Nabholz, John Helbron, Ed Wort- smith, Sylvester Lukas, Gus Parsel and Tom Newton, Jr. Mrs. John Pruniski New Head of Diocesan Women's Organizationl Women Urged to Strengthen F'aith by Prayer, Study Little Rock--"Be better mothers, Grath, Little Rock, aud'itor; and Catholic Action", and as a means There is a theme in every good loyal to your Diocese, and con- Mrs. Mary Mundi, Pocahontas, of enriching their knowledge of work, the Bishop said, and the fident in your Church," the Most Reverend Bishop admonished dele- gates to the fourth Little Rock Diocesan convention of Catholic women, here Tuesday, as he de- livered the sermon at the con- vention Mass in St. Andrew's Cathedral. "Obedience and loyalty to your Diocese is important", said the Bishop, "for you are as loyal to the Universal Church as you are loyal to your Diocese". Conve/ation delegates gathered from throughout the State Tuesday afternoon elected Mrs. John Prun- iski, North Little Rock, president of the Diocesan Council of Catho- lic women, 'succeeding Mrs. Bud- ley C. Johnston of Fort Smith. Other officers elected were: Mrs. Joseph Beck, Little Rock, record- ing secretary; Miss L. M. Caraher, Conway, treasurer; Mrs. J.J. Me- theme of the NCCW, as an affiliat- ed diocesan organization, he called "the Diocese and the parishthe Bishop and the priest". The Catholic women were called upon to prayfor the arm- and the navy, for piety and vismn to attain the spirit of fortitude, and for the health and strength of the Bishop, that "I might do more for the Diocese than I have done". LikeWise, they were urged to receive often the Sacraments of Penance and Holy Eucharist, the two sacraments necessary to prac- tical Catholicity. "Avoid sincultivate grace", the Bishop charged them. "Love your Church more than anything else on earth, for when we love our Church, it means we love God, Whom She represents". Chaulains to Bishol Morris were See WOMEN on page'3 their Faith. "It is a very excellent paper", he said. As an example of The Guard- ian's service in cemeting the Dio- cese, he recalled an aging Catho- "lic lady in a remote section of Arkansas who told him of her uleasure in receiving The Guard- ian each week, so that she might learn more about the Diocese. The extent of our capabilities in assisting God's Church through knowledge of the Faith is un- limited, the Bishop said', as he told how persons of average in- telligence often become well versed in knowledge of their re- ligion through cooperation with God's grace. Brilliant Catholics, 1 i k e w i s e, have been known to become as humble as saints in their know- ledge, the Bishop pointed out. parliamentarian. \\; District presidents serve as vice- presidents. The full day's program of speak- ers and convention sessions closed with Benediction and special pray- ers for peace in St. Andrew's Ca- thedral late Tuesday afternoon. The Bishop presided at the High Mass celebrated by the Rev. Jas. E. O'Connell, Diocesan Director. The Most Reverend Albert L. Flet- cher, D.D., was seated in the sanctuary. Calling upon the women to in- crease their knowledge of the Church's teachings, Bishop Morris asserted: "We should be even better equipped in religion than in busi- ness and social life". Twice His Excellency commend- ed The Guardian, diocesan organ, to the women as a "champion of Mrs. John Prnniskl approach of the Double Jubilee of Bishop Morris in June. Dur- ing that month His Excellency will celebrate his seventy-sixth birthday, his thirty-sixth anni- versary as Bishop, and his fif- tieth Anniversary as a priest. All of his long, faithful years as Bishop have been given to the welfare of the Church and of the State of Arkansas. His Golden Jubilee will be celebrated modestly. In place of a grand celebration and personal honors, His Excel- lency desires that the people direct their affectionate regard for him toward the support of the insU- * * * * * $ * * * * * * Benefactors of the Semi- * * nary share In spiritual bene- * * fits. Many Masses by the * * priests, spiritual exercises * * and special prayers morning * * and evening, communions * * and recitations of the Ros- * * ary by faculty and students * * contribute to the fund of * * graces shared by those who * * help our Seminary. * tution which means most to him and which can do most for them their own Diocesan Seminary. Born In Tennessee, June 29, 1866 Born on June 29, 1866, the Most Reverend John B: Morris, D. D., had as his birthplace Henderson- ville, TennesSee. He gave early romise of the brilliant future a lay before him. After grad- uating with distinction from St. Mary's College, Kentucky, in 1887, the talented student was sent to Rome for ecclesiastical training Ordination to the Holy Priesthood came on the eleventh of June, 1892, in his twenty-sixth year. It was conferred by Cardinal Paroc- chi, the Vicar General of Rome. Only 34 When Made Vicar General of Nashville Young Father Morris was rapid- ly given increasing responsibilities. First, as assistant at the Cathedral in Nashville; then, at the age of twenty-nine, Chancellor and secre- tary to the Bishop, two years later he held the position of Rector of the Cathedral. He was only thirty-four when, in 1900, his Bishop appointed him Vicar Gen- eral of the Diocese. The honor of being made a Domestic Prelate came in the same year. But Divine Providence had des- tined him for a greater field of labor. He was consecrated Bishop in the Nashville Cathedral on the eleventh of June, 1906. It was then that he came to Little Rock as Coadjutor Bishop. He suc- cecd'ed to the See of Little Rock upon the death of Bishop Fitz- gerald, the twenty-first of Feb- ruary, 1907. Founds St, Joseph's Orphanage On 720 Acre Tract His heart turned first to the destitute. More than that, he had the vision and the courage to plan, and the faith and abundant energy to carry that plan forward. oof tract of 720 acres in the vicinity North Little Rock, was pur- chased by His Excellency in July, 1907. Then a building program, with the object of providing a home for orphans, began on this territory. After two years of construction, the work was brought to successful completion in April, 1910. What had been termed by many, an impractical dream, had become a very real reality--St Joseph's Orphanage, "one of the most remarkable charitable insti- tutions to be found in the United States" (Arkansas Gazette, May 15, 1910.) Founds The Guardian April 25, 1911 The Apostolic Delegate, when he honored us by his visit in 1940, referred to the "extraordinary and amazing progress made during the episcopate of Bishop Morris." We shall not attempt to enumerate his achievements. The founding of Little Rock College in the Fall of 1908 of "The Guardian", the flourishing Diocesan J ou rn a l, which first appeared on the, twenty-fifth of April, 1911; the Bishop's untiring efforts for the spiritual welfare of the negroes" his solicitude for every need of the unfortunate: the work of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd' in Hot Springs; the fine boarding school, directed by the Poor Brothers of St. Francis of Cin- cinnati, at Armstrong Srins: the establishment, in the fa] ,f 1930, of Catholic High School in Little, Rock: well eminued modern. buildings for schools, orphanages, See GIFT on page 6