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IMPLEMENTING VATICAN II information and transformation. The document on the process of initiation into the Catholic faith community has really been the leaven that is slowly transform- ing the people of God into being active disciples who are willing to live their faith in the world in order to transform the world. Bishop McDonald has fos- tered the implementation of this document in a variety of ways, especially through his celebra- tion of the Rite of Election at three sites in the diocese and par- ticipating in the process at vari- ous parishes. The process of Christian initiation has devel- oped slowly because at the center of the process is the experience of conversion, a turning of one's whole life toward God in the Christian community and recog- nizing the life and teaching of Jesus Christ as central for a fully human life. ment of Bishop McDonald. Some of these include establishment of the annual Catechetical Study Day in Little Rock, the develop- ment of a diocesan certification process for parish/school cate- chists, a catechist handbook, cur- riculum and sacramental guide- lines, a role description of the parish director of religious edu- cation, and recently the develop- ment of the Diocese of Little Rock Catholic theology program. All of these and in many oth- ers ways, Bishop McDonald has shown support and encourage- ment for passing on the Catholic faith to children and adults in the Diocese of Little Rock. In the years since Vatican II we have moved from religious education as passing on informa- tion to children, to a vision and process that reflects Jesus as a model teacher, where the truths of the Catholic faith are related Bishop McDonaM has shown suP" port and encouragement for pass- ing on the Catholic faith to chil" dren and adults in the Diocese of Little Rock. J Holy Father, John Paul II, whe he calls us to evangelization by living gospel values to such extent that our society and col" ture will be transformed. Bishop McDonald has laid the fourida" tion for the Church in the Third Millennium by encouragir g adults to study and prepare for the Jubilee in 2000 with the diocesan millennium materials. We in the diocese are grateful for all the ways that BishOP McDonald has fostered the implementation of Church doCV ments in the area of liturgy catechesis, and we pray that Be will be blessed by God for lois active role in these areas, leading us to become more as the people To foster the concepts and to people's lived experiences of of God here in Arkansas.Of implementation of these docu- God. The whole process involves Barb Minazewski is directOr ments, various enrichment pro-formation, information and trans- the Diocese of Little Rock grams have been offered under formation. Bishop McDonald is of Religious Education !i!!l the guidance and encourage- today fostering the vision of our Christian Initiation. 70 Arkansas Catt~olil