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Number 37 The Diocese of Little Rock Weekly Newspaper October 3, 1998 diocese will celebrate Bishop An- McDonald's 75th birthday Satur- 24 in grand fashion, diocesan announced this week. marks the day when the submit his letter of resigna- Pope John Paul II as required by law. The decision is left to the succeed Bishop McDonald When the successor will be named. tribute will be held at 1 l 'i Oct. 24 at the Statehouse Conven- (Excelsior Hotel) in Little estimated 5,000 are expected to coming to the celebra- relatives and friends of the his birthplace and" he served as a priest for 24 years. ordained bishop of Little Rock In addition, Cardinal Fr, mcis of Chicago and local and ecu- leaders will attend. celebration will include pre-cer- gical diversity. The music will be under the direction of Rodney Wallace, organ- ist and choir director at the Cathedral of St. Andrew. Parishes, schools and diocesan organi- zations are making plans to attend. Re- served seating will be provided for dioc- esan organizations and special guests. Organizers said the event was sched- uled in the morning so all Catholics could travel to Little Rock and arrive home before evening. Some parishes have rented buses for their parishioners to attend as a group. Other are encouraged to car pool or use their church bus. Con- music Hispanic, Vietnamese e musical program people of ttle diocese for their love and .......... last ear, includesaausi f om central Arkansas. Mass will provide ethnic and litur- their support of him." struction on the Statehouse Convention ,9 Center will require parishioners to use .~ parking decks around the downtown area. Fhe gathering will truly reflect the di- versity of the diocese in a unified Mass of SCHOOL SPIRIT-- Bryan Deever, director of the Catholic Junior High Thanksgiving for the ministry of Bishop School Band, braved soggy skies to strike up the band in its football debut McDonald these past 26 years," said Sept. 12 during a game between the Christ the King Bears and the North Msgr. Francis I. Malone. "It is Bishop McDonald's desire that this occasion will Little Rock Spartans, whose players are from St. Edward, St. Patrick and also give him an opportunity to thank the Immaculate Heart of Mary elementary schools. The band, which formod of Charity remain dedicated to St. Vincent de Paul vision the Daughters of Charity cel- 25 years in Arkansas Friday, the sisters showed their appre- to those who help them work poor in the diocese. nine sisters work in Little North Little Rock, Malvern and Previously, they also worked in Hamburg, Hope and achieved what we couldn't Bishop AndrewJ. McDonald heard the cry of the is credited with bringing to Arkansas in 1973. The Charity leadership in St. out a "circular letter" to let know of the order's charism to the poor. Bishop McDonald wrote and told of the need for sisters with the poor in Arkansas. He remembers, "They wrote back this is a circular letter. You SUpposed to answer it." order was founded in 1633 in by St. Vincent de Paul and St. de Marillac. The U.S. foundress Order is St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. de Paul is known as the pa- all charities. The Daughters of consider the Congregation of or Vincentians, and Sisters 'lty to be part of their religious because they share the same deeply understood the Sister Seraphine Ferrero, DC, of Gould (center) shares a laugh with Mary Heil and Mary Bea Hiegel, both of Little Rock, during the dinner to honor the Daughters of Charity's 25 years in Arkansas. goodness that's in every person in all walks of life," said Vincentian Father James Fischer of Fayetteville. Father David Nations, CM, also of Fayetteville admitted, "The Daughters of Charity have always beefi part of my life." The Vincentian family gathered at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock for a Mass and dinner where they could share memories of their work in Arkansas. The order collaborates with lay people in different communities to serve the poor. One organized program is the Vincentian Service Corps, a one-year program for adults who want to serve the poor. Bob and Ruth Wehrer of Waco, Texas, worked at Learning Clubs in public schools in Hope and Prescott in 1993-1994. "If anybody ever thought, 'I wonder what I can do with myself in terms of volunteering,' there are a lot of oppor- tunities still," Bob Wehrer said. "There's a lot for us to learn as Catho- lics and Christians. I feel wonderful for the opportunity that the Daughters of Charity have given us to learn a little more about what Christ would want if He were walking around public hous- ing today." Jonathan and Vicki Harris of Ohio are working this year in Little Rock as Vincentian Service Corps volunteers. The vision of St. Vincent de Paul is also shared through the St. Vincent de Paul Society and Ladies of Charity, both parish organizations that work with area poor. Dorothy Rose, a mem- ber of the Ladies of Charity in another state, suggested the order promote more organizations like these in the diocese. "It's a fulfilling ministry that would go over big in Arkansas," she said. Sister Teresa Daly, DC, of Malvern said the order is interested in getting St. Vincent de Paul organizations ti)rmed in more parishes. Anyone interested is asked to call her at (501) 332-6244. Sister Seraphine Ferrero, DC, master of ceremonies, thanked the laity for their support of the order. "You enable us to do the work called on us to do. We need all the help we can get." INSIDE State catechists gather for annual Study Day in North Little Rt 3c ..................................... p. 4 Pope John Paul il to celebrate 20th anniversary as pope in October. ............................... p. 9