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I Bishop McDonald shakes the hand of his predecessor, Bishop Albert Fletcher, during an ecumenical public reception following the ordination in Savannah. it; the ordination. Tom Coleman )r. planned the luncheon and the lal I reception to follow the ordina- l ve] tion. Sister Aurelia was just everywhere lending a hand, espe- ter Cially was she a comfort to Father # lYf I'Iurley. 72 ith Sunday, Sept. 3, 19 lt0 In the morning, the family close friends gathered in the Blessed Sacrament Convent Chapel for Mass. Among our friends was Mrs. John Stapleton. "AVe Crux:' It was unbelievable that her beloved son, John, priest of Atlanta and my friend, had died Aug. 26. Other this cross, our joy was full. I thought of Mama and Papa. I OUght of our sister, Josephine, Little Sister of the Poor whom God took to heaven in 1965. Her litte afternoon, a 1 the 'miversary waslSept 2.membersIn the of the family had supper at the l irate House. Onday Sept 4, 1972 Rehearsal and Supper This was my first chance to see the cathedral. Father Kevin OCtober 24, 1998 Boland outdid himself. The altars were arrayed with flowers and candles. Extending out over the sanctuary were the papal flag, the American flag, the Georgia flag and the Arkansas flag. While we rehearsed the cer- emony, the choir was practicing under the direction of the incomparable Dr. J. Harry Persse and the organist, Patty Schreck. Following the rehearsal, we went to the DeSoto and to the Chatham Club. I met all the family, close friends, visiting bishops, abbot and priests from Arkansas. Bishop Frey and the Diocese of Savannah were our gracious hosts. Jimmy Daly who had taken my official photo ear- lier in the summer was on hand to begin a beautiful and memo- rable series of pictures. The night was short. Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1972 The day dawned bright and sunny. Just as the cathedral bells pealed a welcome and a sum- mons to the faithful on May 8, 1948, for ordination to the priest- hood, so they pealed a welcome and summons to the ordination to the episcopacy. Within the sacred precincts of this church, I had been baptized, made first confession, received first Communion, was anointed in Confirmation and had been ordained. On this day, flanked and supported by two friends, Msgr. John U. Lyness and Father Joseph Ware, I would present myself to Archbishop McDonough, the principal or- daining prelate, Archbishop Hannan, provincial archbishop of New Orleans, and Bishop Frey, bishop of Savannah. Due to the 35