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October 24, 1998     Arkansas Catholic
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Ecumenical projects to aid the poor, like Helping Hand in Little Rock, have brought a greater coop- eration between the Catholic Church in Arkansas and mainline Protestants. OCtober 24, 1998 In 1979 a large statue of St. Andrew the Apostle, the patron saint of the diocese, was placed just outside the cathedral. Bishop McDonald's service to Arkansas has not been without dis- appointments and problems. The decline of vocations to the priest- hood and religious life is one which has plagued the Catholic church in North America and Europe after the Second Vatican Council, and many Catholic schools and hospitals have had to close nationwide and within the diocese. Nevertheless, Catholicism has persevered within the state and the number of Catholics with- in Arkansas continues to grow. Arkansas' oldest school, Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock, and its oldest hospital, St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center, also in Little Rock, are still in existence. Moreover, the number of Arkansas Catholic schools have started to increase over the past decade. Bishop McDonald was also pre- sent to mark the sesquicentennial of the diocese, the first real 51