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d_/ J / / i the truths of faith and at the same i thne we are called to make new i applications to the situations in t . Which we live" His episcopal role model was the late Archbishop Thomas J. tVlcDonough of Louisville, Ky., Who was the bishop in Bishop McDonald's hometown of SaVannah, Ga. Archbishop McDonough taught Bishop McDonald to be Patient. He said he would travel With Bishop McDonough to parish Celebrations and he would never criticize their preparations. "Sometimes it would be a bess," he recalled. "He knew that he Would only come to the parish ace a year and people, no matter if they didn't do it well, they did the best they could. He would say, hen we leave here, I would like them to say I'm glad he carneY' The bishop anticipates contin- tli g in his current position well i lto 1999 and quite possibly through the year 2000. The Great Jtlbilee is another milestone for the Church. The challenge for the Church ill the next millennium is to maintain its sacramental sense, he said. "The challenge is the humanity of priests. We want to continue to get young men to accept celibacy and priesthood as a call from God. "If they continue to dwindle, that's going to be a hard challenge for the Church. The Church would flourish ff we had the restoration or interest in religious life, both men and women. Religious life has suffered a decliney How does he handle the stress of being a bishop? "Part of it is a sense of humor," he said. "You've got to find some humor in it. Also, my emotional makeup, over which I have no control. It just came as part of the package:' He also seeks guidance and friendship from other bishops and archbishops from around the country who he has befriended at regional and national gatherings. Every other month he travels to St. Louis to meet with other bishops who are members of Jesu Caritas {Jesus Cares). The 24-hour mini-retreat includes prayer, Mass, confession and discussion. During the discussion he can bring to the table the difficult matters he is handling and get support or October 24, 1998 119