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Following the Mass for Life, Bishop McDonald places a wreath of roses outside the Cathedral of St. Andrew in memory of the unborn. In November 1989 Bishop me was to implement Project woman "you are truly forgiven:' McDonald hired me as the director Rachel. This is a powerful, spiritual of the Respect Life Office, and Dee Project Rachel is an outreach to moment in their lives, and they held that job until the present time. women and their families who appreciate our bishop's concern One of the first directives he gave have suffered the consequences of and compassion. !l a past abortion. It offers spir- The bishop's year begins with itual or professional coun- the Vigil for Life and the next day seling and reconciliationhe celebrates the Mass for Life ::! with their Church and Lord. immediately preceding the March It also offers support groups for Life. The Cathedral of St. for women where they can Andrew in the past years has been find solace in comfortingoverflowing, many times doubling one another and also makeits capacity. Following the Mass he a spiritual journey back to leads thousands to the steps of the Arkansas capitol building, making the Lord and ultimate for- giveness of themselves. As the support groups began, the bishop had a special monument erected to give the Project Rachel mothers a place to list the names of their aborted babies. In addition, the bishop holds a memorial service for each support group where he tells each October 24, 1998 a statement to the state and the nation to choose life over abortion. Each year he writes letters to congressmen on pending legisla- tion, includes pro-life messages in his confirmation homily, prays the rosary at abortion clinics, and sup- ports the Life Chain and Respect Life Sunday. His openly pro-life stand, which also includes opposing infanticide, euthanasia and the death penalty, permeates most of what he does, and for that, in 1992 he was presented the Mary Rose Doe Award, an honor given each year by Arkansas Right to 93 In 1993, the Arkansas State Council of the Knights of Columbus erected a monu- ment to the unborn in Calvary Cemetery.