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i 1 ~t t~ LS ', - L ( Father Edward 't,2gemld was only 29years old whe . Was appoint- ed second bishop of Li#le Rock in 186Z Napoleon, then up the Arkansas River, visiting towns barely visi- ble under heavy spring flooding. The bishop told a French mis- Sionary society that he felt he had the smallest diocese in America, with only five priests aud under three thousand Catholics. When he toured SOUthern Arkansas, the bishop fOUnd only five Catholics in Washington, the state's military Post for federal troops. In 1868 the bishop recruited Seminarians and priests from kel d to the diocese to help Mth pastoral care. In the fall, the bishop chose P Cahontas to be the site of the Catholic church in the area. pleasant manner and speaking ability impressed non-Catholics met him. This was important a state where Catholics were defitaitely a minority. Building clergy and churches Ultaneously was a priority for the young bishop. By the end of the 1860s he had nine priests, besides new churches, key dtlcational institutions, includ- St. Joseph and St. Mary girls' OCtober 24, 1998 7