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0000PSEPH'00 ORPHANAGE NUMBER nation ;rant that l [( . ,ight of ,-- ..... d. ! aeir Great t.thouldavealarge . Ff I/ ! [/4   le prophecie$i'i -----_.__ SECTION ONE i A Catholic Paper Is a Perpetual Mission-- Pope Leo XIII "The Guardian" in every home-our Mottu. ine spirit tl : m Israel wi aid submiss] d One be  t: ,, ]willnbeKi ad ' IU The Apostl whole earth,l: ;inn mission ings. But t m of the woI: elve poor fis re accomplisl iraCles ever, men, who 'e to lay do 2% belonged: The Official Organ of the Diocese of Little Rock, Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas, Saturday, July 31, 1920 Number 7 , despise. . the Faith, Is. First Call MINISTERED t must be Heart to who were c, have been d ii )ice of thei .come before the good , / ay soon an Insa s with our ninth an- ,n offered thi nber of THE GUAR- ,e zealous i his year we publish this e Priests m half of St. Joseph's thi. nation i,e of the most worthy the Holy' .a the South, and one a the altar ee for good extends far Israel. These anniversary num ry of the C everal good purposes. day is past e columns the works of ; nation once reviewed; each year's in of" deici  the various parishes nes the Sta  Diocese of Little Rock, rs their si  the entire State of crifice - sh'own; those who have [1 come in helping the pro- "The great work are men- the the completion of e mighty form of this annual l come, for each member of this ms of a )recious souvenir of he of those, through d bud; and Whom such an instiu- the world Orphanage has In this form THE Kneel a link in that x the tme  men and women, feet of corporations, at- e to a most look upon' zd and one D. S., in JOSEPH'S ORPH00kNAGE TO }nderful Influence for Motherless and O'IER ONE THOU3AND DESTITUTE CHILDREN DURING THE PAST YEAR Good That Extends to Every Community in Destitute Children. Furnishes a Home for Non-Sectarian in Its Charitable Service. -FITZGERALD HALL; HOME OF.HE ST; JOSEPH'S ORPHANAGE. the State. Educates and Unfortunate Aged. Trains :4he Orphans. returns over and been planned by him and one of the Ual Guardian complim,nt most important was to make pro- Lof the issue are passed vision for the most destitute of the ON Sisters of the Orphan- State--to care for the children who .... ' are held for the had no parents to look after their wel- ,00 :'fthe creature comforts fare and the old people who had no u 00reme md John ,ePUblieitYai"known l 'muerNDS AT THE ORPHANAGE. :[ PATIC GROUNDS AT THE 0  HANAGE. ;ainst fihalha . .... and. indigent chil- children to be the staff of their de- . use.  x" deelal,,li'tl  Go foxed t, hutches ,.: to the to the :am. ,, ". butii: ::m]se tolested u:,: : . creature comforts are who have put away and consecrated their God's work. "I was took me in and fed shelter." "Inasmuch the least of these, ye are Scriptural words, ,. se of reward for our .ir religio z  as theY of 1919, we gave a his- ponents of:.issionaries who toiled of e  discouragements and which, d.'ta hardships that the of Gdtlins-'f'tdayt], might of the Ct ;,, e. Little ud they i, / "Exeelsi_ e,ll they did their work ureh ia oVere to come to life at af l" 'e the wonderful institu- orators. _I': e been laid upon the altrana a. ey had built, great otable sel$ SUrprise and gratifica- a conten rth eomm  amount . greatest of l/h::l e: ?hese pioneer ten with their lot, people f, *n-gl over disappoint- t Of theix'*:l[ t lis, they enjoyed the atlOZZ  W as destined them nts of ctd',Z cry record that refers e fO'areers, oin ha reserv " e ' " p ts to a ppy 'and tkefiM: ," Xlstence. rated by a the 'r " (it' v pnanage. , _ C a0p Morris succeeded, mtof life  practically been in ] .of good:,i iocese a considerable . :u . . .le o:l: oU, the illness of hm pre- ate seph Fa ' Bishop Fitzgerald, i ly f ']ad amiliar with the IIZE OU,'I[** :i ' out a program for ' ', et.. Many things had L ....... :, ,, /: i cent 82-room, fire-proof building with accommodations for 250 persons. The Bishop placed the Orphanage in charge of the Benedictine Sisters of Shoal Creek, Ark. Sister Scholastica ., was appoin!ed frst Superior, with Ss-. ter Cornelia as teacher and Sister Constance house sister, as her assist- ant. Sister Cornelia is still stationed at Lhe Orphanage, only her field of labor has broadened into Sister in charge of the wee ones. In January, 1910, Sister Regina came to her assistance and these two Sisters have in their keeping at the Orphanage an interest- ing family of about twenty-five little ones, all of whom are under school age. Adept Administration of Sister M." painful and a bitter disappointment to him, for his country had asked for :omething that :he had spent years to "levelop and was a most promising centure. It was the project most dear to his heart. Patriotism of Bishop Morris, -I Bu his patriotism wouhl not allow l him to refuse. He was willing to sac-I rifice his dearest project to a cause that was fighting to make this world a safer and better place to live. He surrendered the ground and the beau- tiful Orphanage home, which has since been used as the Belmont Ho.el and is patronized by the families and friends of the officers and soldiers of the United States Army. War's Emergcncy. When Bishop Morris completed the with the surroundings, the old-time contentment is returning and happi- ness prevails in its fullest extent at he new Orphanage. Orffaanage Supply Farm. Although the 4isappointment of having to leave their beauty spot upon the hilis will never be forgotten by the present generation of Sisters and children, new provisions made by the Bishop have placed them in as good a position, if not so con- venient. He knew that the Sisters and children longed for the fresh lmme-grown vegetables, the milk and butter .and the fruit that only the farm cauldsupply, and soon was pur- clmsed 57 acres of low land a few miles from Little Rock, on the Jack- :;onville Pike, near Fairmont station of the Me. Pac. R. R., and erected a modern house, barn and the necessary outbuildings. Model Farm Near City. Bishop Morris shows the same spirit of improvement among the institu- tions of the Diocese that he advocates and demonstrates in civic life. A1- 'houg,;z labor was scarce and has been since the beg'inning of the war, he has continually pushed the improvement of this Orphanage farm until it has become a garden spot ,equipped with the best of buildings, farming imple- ments and registered stock, among which are some splendid specimens of Anna. new college buildings and campus on Time has wrought its changes and Pulaski Heights and moved that im- people and affairs have had their own portant educational institution into its clining days. identity within their own days. This new quarters, it left the former build- IIolstein and Jersey cattle and Poland Bishop Morris Plans. is particularly true when it is a ques- ings occupied by the College at China and Mulefoot ogs. Nothing To fulfill the large program set tion of administration of institutional Twenty-fourth and Gaines streets va- is left undone to make this farm, a aside for the Orphanage, a large tract iwrk among our Catholic religious. Icant "This was a most provident paying investment and to put it on a of ground was necessary. As is well St. Joseph's Orphanage for the past lthin' for the Ornhanae, because it soli'd basis as an agricultural proposi- known the Bishop has always been seven years has had as its dreetoresslmcant a house of refuge for the Sis tion. It is the main resource to fur- l "S " partial to rural beauty, but with Skter M. Anna, and if successful, yes,]ters and the children. The okl college nishiag the Orphanage with vegeta- it ' phenomenally successful administra-lbuiidings, three in number, did bles, butter, milk and eggs anti raises ever goes an eye for the practical. A .  , ste not too far from the ety wth tmn s now attached to St. Josephs plenty of tillable soil and pasture for lOrp!hanage, in a great measure it re- not have the favorable features wheat, oats and corn enough to play of St. Joseph's on the Hills, at a big factor in the flour and meat pro- grazing cattle was his idea. He dounds to the making and the taking Levy, but they were a good sub- visions for the table and feed for the planned to have plenty of room and character qualifications of the present stitute in time of need, and as stock. a healthy and comfortable spot forlSuperior, "Good Sister Annie," as she 'hey are improved from thne to time Thefarm was given to St. Joseph's the children. A place where nature is lovingly titled, land the inmates become more familiar by the Bishop when he purdhased it, would do as much as good care to-[ Finely Equipped. [ wards keeping this mammoth family For ten years the happy family un- "   .   ; of little one healthy and happy and der the care of the Sisters at the at the sam''me to have enough efil- Orphanage enjoyed anti appreciated i :.' : :: :i  :f,': tivated soil to make the place partly this beauty spot. The Bishop had . 4'" '  ' '' : . * :'' :" self-sustaining through agricultural equipped the farm with fine barns, " I I " J i : pursuits. Nothing is more conducive[stables, a silo, modern implements and r hfe and lent some of the finest re ste d to health than outdoo " P Y l g'. "e stock in eed abund e State The farm had tak of fresh air. The young n "1 " " en on r se that ll a prosperous look and ts rod ance of room for exe c" " [ " " p uetion [ beautiful xxas all that could be ex ected help develop fine body. The " [ ' p . The rustic surroundings are restful to the place was well fenced and besides the development for betterments that was an annual oecurranee, the Bishop had future plans of development for edu: cational and vocational training that would have made St. Joseph's Orphan- age one of the greatest institutions of its kind in the United States. He never has stated just what his plans were to be, but it was understood that he had intended big things for the Orphanage. U. S. Government Covets. Sometimes our most cherished de- sires are doomed to disappointment and it was true in this case. The Government coveted the Bishop's beauty spot and in their greatest need appealed to him for this land to be- come part of the cantonment at Camp Pike. To grant their request was brain, the pure fresh air is strength- ening to the lungs. The children that grow Under these advantageous and healthy nvironments usually grow .to be strong and healthy. Orphanage Located and Built. BiShop Morris selected a most ideal site of 720 aces seven miles north of Little Rock. Many locations for an orphanage presen[te4 themselves to Bishop Morris, but there was no question in his mind of the best and when he secured this large plot of land the people at large appreciated the fact that the best location in Pu- laski county was his, and upon it he started his charitable work for the children. There were some buildings on the place, to which he added a magnifi- and in order that its products might be delivered promptly to the institu- tion he supplied them with a Ford auto truck to make frequent trips daily. This truck he jokingly calls "The Orphanage Express," much to the lride of the young chauffeur in w!h.ose charge the machine is given. Provisions for Winter, Since our description, given in 1919 issue, the Orphanage fauna has taken on a decided turn for prosperity. Two Sisters are now in charge and most w'onderfUl results have followed. The Orphanage has had a bountiful sup- ply of fresh milk, butter and eggs. The hens, about eighty in number, have been especially busy laying doz- ens of eggs daily. It seems, too, that the pigs know their value anti believe in raising large families. There are some very fine specimens of Poland China anti Mulefoot hogs in the pens on the Orphanage farm, which means cut- ting the high cost of living on the meat bill this winter. Sister Annie Reports. The vegetable garden is most prom- is'ing. All the early vegetables,, such as greens, peas, kohl-rabis, beets and onions, are more than plentiful. Rows of these canned are on the shelf at the home for next winter's use. The last summer's drouth killed most of the strawberries. Thi' did NORTHEAST vIEW OF ST. JOSEPH'S ORPHANAGE. not discourage them, as a new field is planted which will give a good yield next spring. The wheat was no so good this year. Oats made a fine croD hich will relieve the feed bill con- siderably. 2he co field is a beauty' for the eye. Our fm manager, a thrifty German, worked hard to get the corn in as early as possible, was laughed at by some dark-skinned neighbors. A preacher of the same race, who, after Gospel preaching, works in this neighbor's field, spoke in (Continued on page 3) A GROUP OF THE ST. JOSEPH'S ORPHANAGE FAMILY.