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Little Rock, Arkansas
October 24, 1998     Arkansas Catholic
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[d. ~i~ ~,.'i :7 i 7" [ i ii This was how Bishop Fitzgerald made his rounds through the dio- cese in 1906. During his travels, it became quite apparent how few Catholics were in Arkansas. the uphill conditions under which the clergy and church in Arkansas labored. There were 8,200 Catholics after Bishop Fitzgerald's 20 years in the dio- cese, but most of the increase came from immigrants. Many settled in Northwest Arkansas where the Benedictines had made a foundation in Logan County. 10 "I have no hesitation Fitzgerald ranks among the best conversational" ists, and is perhaps, one of the first English sch01" ars in the land:' Bishop Fitzgerald was indeed a bishop in hard times. He struggled o0, bringing additional reli" gious communities into the diocese, among there, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, the BenediC" tine Sisters of Fort Sro and of Jonesboro, the ....... " Sisters of Charity of in Nazareth, and the Sisters of reasserting that the Diocese of Mercy of St. Louis Province. Little Rock is of all the missions of the United States and territo- A time to build and remember The cornerstone for a cathedral at Seventh and LouiS" ries, the most arduous and unhealthy," Father Quinn wrote. "If it were not for the annual income of the 'propaganda' funds, the priests of this diocese could not subsist:' He further wrote in praise of the Arkansas bishop, "Besides being, like his diocese, a solid lit- tle rock of authority for all knot- ty questions in theology, philolo- gy, and Christian classics, Bishop iana streets was laid July 7, 1878' This new cathedral woold ~t replace the smaller one Center and Second streetS' There were 1,500 parishioners of St. Andrew Cathedral at tl e time. The total cost was over $70,000, a sum raised by Bislal Fitzgerald, for the roost Arkansas Cat al