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By the early 1990s Certain parishes in Little Rock were offer- Spanish Masses. In a 1995 pastoral letter Called "Immigrants in Our Midst," he called the Hispanic people "gifts from God:' One of the hallmarks of Bishop McDonald's tlRnistry has been his COncern for protection of the unborn child. horn the time the U.S. SUpreme Court legalized abortion in 1973, Bishop cl)onald has been a Oag supporter of right to life programs and policies. Because of his strong and con- sistent support, the Arkansas Chapter of the National Right to Life awarded him their Mary I se Doe Award. He has traveled PerSonally to Washington during 1990s to lobby in support of artning partial-birth abortion. Like many areas of his episco- Pacy, his actions back up his rorlg verbal support. With the elp of the Missionaries of October 24, 1998 Charity, Mother Teresa's order, a home was established for unwed mothers called Abba House. Mother Teresa came to Arkansas and appeared with Bishop McDonald on June 2, 1982, at Ray Winder Field in Little Rock. The world famous nun and the 1979 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize pleaded on behalf of the unborn and stated that they should have the opportunity to be born and come to recognize The grounds of the former St. John Seminary have been and continue to be renovated and restored dur- ing Bishop McDonald's tenure. Fitzgerald Hall now serves as a conference center and priest retire- ment facility at what is now known as St. John Catholic Center. Christ. The Catholic Social Services for the diocese added adoption as one of its important services for the community. 49