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All of these were in place by 1990. In 1994, to deal with the lack of vocations, a pastoral administra- tion was created to help. He appointed James Davis as controller for the diocese, and in 1989 Deacon Bill Hartmann became the director of finance. Greg Wolfe was named the direc- tor of administration. Bishop McDonald also altered and renovated the interior of the Cathedral of St. Andrew in the mid-1970s. He enlarged the sanc- tuary, turned the altar to face the people, and added a glass win- dow and door to the vestibule. The historic main altar and crypt installed by Bishop Fletcher was preserved. In 1979 a large statue of St. Andrew the Apostle, the patron saint of the diocese, was placed just outside the church. In 1986, the Arkansas dioce- san newspaper changed its name after 75 years from The Guardian to Arkansas Catholic. In the areas of ecumenical affairs, efforts begun after the Second Vatican Council by While serving as bishop of Savannah from 1960 to 1967, Bishop Thomas J. McDonoug appointed Msgr. McDonald his chancellor the Arkansas Catholic churCh and other mainline Protesta lt churches have been significant. Works like the Helping Ha d, the Interfaith Hunger Task force, the Good Shepherd Retirement Home, are areas where churches have cooperated to help the poor. Also, Catholics joined fl e Arkansas ConDrence of Churches and Synagogues in 1983. There was an interfaith covenant signed between the Catholic Diocese of Little RoCk and the Episcopal Diocese of Arkansas in 1985, and local Catholic churches participated the Little Rock Billy Graha Crusade at War Memorial Stadium four years later. In early January 1993, Be joined with Catholics, proteS" tants, Jews and Muslims to pray for the success of Bill Clintoll, tV first Arkansan elected as President of the United StateS. During the years of Bish# McDonald, Arkansas CatholiCS have participated and eve0 Bishop Fletcher were continued founded, different renewal move" and expanded by Bishop ments. These include Cursfll0, McDonald. Over the past two weekend stressing both perSO0 decades, cooperation between and spiritual renewal. BegUn io Arkansas catlVII'