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idea. However, I consulted those who were running for other offices. They advised that my chances were "nil" so I aban- doned the idea, before I ever real- ly got started. Sunday, June 11, 1972 There was nothing unusual about the morning. In the after- noon, I went to the site of the old St. Joseph Hospital, now an apart- ment building called "Rose of Sharonf' Bishop Frey was to bless the building. I stood among the guests in the foyer as the bishop blessed the building. I was stand- ing next to Julian Halligan, presi- dent of the Chatham County School Board and a good friend. I leaned over 0ae's short but coura- geous) and said, "Julia , I'm going to run for the school board:' His eyes lighted up, "Great, fine, wish you success!" I did not bother to 24 Close friend Father John Hurley was diagnosed with leukemia shortly before Msgr. McDonald would announce his appointment as bishop of Li e ock. tell him I had changed my mind. As soon as the blessing was over, I hurried back to Blessed Sacrament for the afternoon Mass. Around 7:30 that evening, Bishop Frey called me. "What are you doing? .... I'm behaving myself" "Well, I'm coming out to see you," he said. I hung up and began to wonder, "What have I done wrong? No, he couldn't know about all those things. I know, Julian told him about the school board thing and he's coming out "to head me off at the pass:' When the bishop arrived, he sat down, calmly accepted a soft drink and said, "Did you get a let- ter today? .... No, Bishop, it's Sunday; we don't get mail on Sunday:' No, I didn't say that. I simply said "No:' "Well, I did, from the apostolic delegate. It came airmail - special delivery. I No, the letter said, "We had a 10t" tery over here today and you won:' No, the letter really said, "The Holy Father wants you to be a bishop and he wants you to be the bishop of Little Rock i; got it at the rectory when I returned from the Rose of Msgr. John Lyness was among t el Sharonll He handed me the letter, first to know his friend 3/lsff'] It said, The Holy Father has gone McDonald had been named on vacation and in his absence ..:' bishop. He conceIebrated No, the letter said, "The HolyBishop McDonald athisfirst3/lasS] Father has gotten senile and ..." as a bishop. J Arkansas Cat 3t[ .At