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efforts of Lois Haslam, every seat in the cathedral was taken. The organ resounded, the choir soared, Archbishop McDonough excelled as homilist, the saints were invoked, episcopal hands were imposed, prayer was offered, the head was anointed, the emblems of office, ring, crosier, mitre were presented and I arose a bishop, a successor to the apostles - Ave Crux. A luncheon for out-of-town guests, family and friends fol- lowed the ordination. That evening, an ecumenical public reception took place. Men and women from all walks of life joined in the celebration. Memorable and heart-warming were the remarks of Bishop Fletcher. He truly won the hearts of the people. Wednesday, Sept. 6, 1972 I celebrated my first Mass as a bishop for the school children of the Blessed Sacrament. Present also were our students from St. Vincent and Benedictine. Patty Schreck was the organist; Monica Trapani directed the choir. Family 36 and friends were present. Children presented gifts. They also offered petitions in the prayer of the faithful. Following the Mass, I had my picture taken with anyone who wanted it - the family, the teachers, the sisters, the children. At 3 o'clock that afternoon, we boarded a Southern Airways flight for Little Rock. Many Students at Blessed Sacrament School say farewell to their former pastor before he boards a plane bound for Little Rock. Their hand" written sign, "You will always be in our hearts," remains a fond memO" ry of his departure. J original to the consultors and thereby canonically became the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of friends, parishioners and children were there to bid us "Good-bye7 I remember well a banner held up by the children, "You will always be in our hearts:' The flight was smooth and joyful. As we crossed into the Arkansas sky, we prayed the rosary over the loudspeaker. When we touched down at the Little Rock Airport, Msgr. F. X. Murphy was there to expedite Little Rock. That evening, in a restaura0t atop the Worthen Bank Buildila , the diocese hosted a supper for the apostolic delegate, the rtoV Luigi Cardinal Raimondi. Present were the family, friends, visitill bishops, abbots and priestS. I spent the balance of the eveniO visiting friends in the motels a escorting family and friends to the cathedral rectory to sh0 our landing and our transporta- them where I would live. tion into the city. Late in the afternoon, at a Thursday, Sept. 7, 1972 semi-private informal ceremonyFormal Installation in the Cathedral of St. Andrew, I Again, the Lord blessed 0s met with the consultors of with good weather. A beautif01 the diocese. Father Charles solemn procession preceded us Kordsmeier, chancellor, read the into the cathedral. The semila papal document. I presented the choir from Dallas sang; prayer Arkansas Catholic