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After one week in Little Rock, Bishop McDonald recalls, "I am home" This is an account of events in the life of Bishop Andrew J. McDonald from Saturday, June 1 O, 1972 until Sept. 10, 1972. It was written on July 2-3, 1973, while he was aboard a plane and while visiting in Denver, Colo. At the time of the vriting he said, "No notes or diaries Were available. For oversights, omis- Sions, errors, I ask forgiveness. I am grateful to God and to all who Shared with me these memorable clays in the making of a bishop. I hUtnbly dedicate this work to the hallowed memory of my mother, my f ther, my Sister Josephine, Sister Celine of St. Rose and to my friend, Father john Francis Hurley:" 7he message of the cross is complete absurdity to those who are headed Jot ruin. But to us who are experi- enCing salvation, it is the power of (St. Paul - I Car. 1:18) 8Y Most Rev. Andrew J. McDonald 8iShop of Little Rock he choice of a priest to be bishop is the work of the Holy Spirit. In the human order, priests and, in October 24, 1998 some instances, laymen are asked to recommend candidates to the local bishop. People in all walks of life are questioned privately concerning the qualifications of candidates. These possible candi- dates are brought to the provin- cial level of bishops for discus- sion and further recommenda- tion. The names are then sent to the apostolic delegate in Washington and then to our Holy Father in Rome. It is a presump- tion on my part that this is what happened to my own name. How long this process takes and who were responsible for my own can- didacy remains a secret. The fol- lowing is an account of what hap- pened as I came to learn about it. Saturday, June 10, 1972 For 24 years I have served as a priest in the Diocese of Savannah, in various capacities and with varying measures of success. I was vicar general, offi- cialis and most of all pastor of Blessed Sacrament for nine years. I had hopes of remaining in this assignment until called to heaven. On Saturday morning, a lady called me. "You're the pastor of a large congregation. You are aware of the shortage of right- thinking candidates for the pub- lic school board. Can you give me some names?" After some 15 minutes of dialogue, the lady said, "Why don't you run?" Power has an attraction. So I said to myself, "Why not7 I should be able to get the black vote and some number of the white vote" For 12 hours, I reveled in the His Holiness, Pope Paul W appointed Msgr. McDonaM as fiflh bishop of the Diocese of Little Rock.