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aCCommodated the influx of seminarians from other dioce- Ses, though the minor seminary for high school boys closed. In 1962, the Cathedral of St. Mdrew was renovated and the of its faculty members, notably Father James F. Drane, that pre- cipitated the bishop's decision to suspend Father Drane and close the seminary. The Vatican backed Bishop Fletcher's suspen- Bishop Fletcher and Msgr. Lawrence Graves travel by boat to attend Second Vatican Council sessions in Rome in 1965. Msgr. Graves was later named auxiliary bishop and upon the arrival of Bishop McDonald, was named the bishop of Alexandria, Louisiana in 1973. ministry in the diocese, with special emphasis on lay partici- pation. Parish councils formed around the state, and liturgical changes requested in Vatican II documents were made. Bishop Second Vatican Council began, sion of Father Drane, who Fletcher turned 75 on Oct. 28, Bishop Fletcher attended coun- publicly opposed the Church's1971. In January 1972 he sub- ell Sessions in Rome and made teaching on artificial contra- mitted his resignation as bishop ii' raore than a dozen written inter- ception, and awaited word about who Ventions during the council, Many religious communities would succeed him. tl./ , I nine of which were accepted, came to Arkansas or continued Information for this article d Du I ring the council, he cele- in works of education, health was adapted from "Mission and !!el brated Mass at the high altar in care and charity while BishopMemory: A History of the lats [ St. Peter's on the patron feast of Fletcher was first prelate of the Catholic Church in Arkansas" by / the diocese, St. Andrew's feast diocese. Social services became a Dr James M. Woods. daY, Nov" 30, 1965. Back home in I V t#| letcher,s ministerial career was :tae] !he closing of St. John Seminary dlt9 196Z The expenses of keeping rio i[ the do , . ors open were costing the diOCese $75,000 a year. However, taryI tt Vas the liberal strain of some tl~ols' ["" October 24 1998 ,.|