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, i "/ ; t; offered; seemingly, in the twinkling of an eye, the apostolic delegate led me to the throne, handed me the crosier and gave e the kiss of peace. The church exploded with applause of approval. Bishop Fletcher spoke 0rds of welcome; the apostolic delegate brought thoughts on the episcopacy and greetings t1 0f: from the Holy Father. I had OpPortunity to express senti- eats of joy and gratitude. A luncheon followed at the Pleasant Valley Country Club. Isgr. O'Connell spoke of the diocese; Msgr. McDevitt spoke of the family; Gov. Bumpers brought greetings from the state; l had an opportunity to thank all for the warm welcome and the beautiful spiritual bouquet. FOllowing the luncheon, the del- egate, Bishop Fletcher, Bishop Graves and myself toured the City and visited the Carmelite MOnastery. I was so tired I almost raade history by falling off the chair at Carmel. we had a refreshing supper at Bishop letcher,s residence. Then I visit- eel With friends and relatives. Friday, Sept. 8, 1972 I accompanied the apostolic delegate to the airport. I returned to the cathedral where we had Mass for the family and friends. I used the intinctorium (chalice and tray), a gift from the Little Sisters of the Poor in memory of Josephine (Sister Celine). I spent the day getting acquainted and helping friends and family move to Fletcher Hall. In the late after- noon, Father Bujarski and parish- ioners hosted a "covered dish" supper in the parish hall of Christ the King. Saturday, Sept. 9, 1972 I had the second of these beau- tiful private Masses for family and friends in the chapel at Fletcher Hall. There is no way to describe the intimacy and touching beauty of these occasions. Some went shopping during the day; many went to see Southern Cal play our Razorbacks that night. Sunday, Sept. 10, 1972 The day started with our Mass in Fletcher Hall chapel. Present also were men of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Men who happened to be meeting at St. John Center. While I did not stay with "the gang" in Fletcher, a sep- arate report should be written concerning the fun which they had. In the afternoon, we went to St. Andrew Cathedral Hall for a public reception. Generously, streams of people, priests and sis- ters came from all parts of Arkansas to meet me and make me feel welcome. They were emi- nently successful. Sunday evening, Msgr. Lafferty and his sisters hosted a supper for all of us at the Little Rock Country Club. This family simply contin- ued a tradition of rendering ser- vice to the bishops of Arkansas. Monday, Sept. 10, 1972 This was the day of departure. At the airport, everyone boarded the plane except myself. In a sense, I felt strange. And, then, I realized I was not alone. I was not in a strange land. I was standing among my people, my religious sisters, my priests. I was home. "What return can I make to You, 0 Lord...." t October 24, 1998 3?