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Although his last assignment in Savannah was that of pastor at Blessed Sacrament Church, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist will always be Bishop McDonald's home parish. It was here he received the sacraments of Holy Communion, Confirmation and Holy Orders. you'll be hearing in due time," was his reply. When we reached June 15, just a few days before vacation time, Archbishop McDonough called, "Are you all set for the trip? .... No, I can't go; something has come up over here," I said. "Well, that's too bad. You know I always told you that duty comes first7 Then, he hung up. He did- n't press me because he had been questioned. I learned later that he knew I was going, but he did- n't know where since there were no vacancies. There were, howev- er, several bishops old enough to retire. I decided then that I should learn something about Arkansas. I registered once again at the public library. In the refer- ence room, I ran into a girl whom I had instructed during the win- ter. She expressed her sorrow that I could not go on my vaca- tion. I said, "You know what I taught you: God's will comes first" Then I turned my eyes heavenward, tilted my head to the side, and gently brushed a tear from my eyes. She was truly impressed. You can imagine what 28 she said to me later. I told her I would like to study the states. "Let's start at the top of the alpha- bet. Do you have anything on Arkansas?" "What about Alabama and Alaska?" she said. You should see the stack of books I brought home with met "Arkansas" writ- ten by WPA workers during the Depression, was the finest book I read. The statistics were out of date, but the history, lore, cul- ture, etc. were excellent. Throughout these days, I did hear from the apostolic delegate. In the first letter, he asked lr e to reaffirm my loyalty and devotiOn to the Holy Father. This I readily did. Some days later, he asked for a resume of my life. This I did. 1 received the last letter 0n Thursday, June 29. The waiting was coming to an end. TI e change would become publi information on Tuesday, July 4 9 a.m. EDL (Eastern Daylight)' inject now a pious note: June 11 my first notice is the anniverSaff of my father's death; July 4 is tbl anniversary of my mothers Arkansas cathalli' A tc d, & 8