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t m By Rose Mimms n 1988 when I first began volunteering a couple of hours every week as a counselor in a crisis pregnancy center, I had idea that it would lead to my active involvement in the pro-life aOVement and a friendship with l ishop Andrew J. McDonald. I knew very little about our bishop and even less about the hole issue of abortion, but the raOre I learned the more I felt Called to do. It was through my ork in the other pro-life activi- ties that I became acquainted with Bishop McDonald and learned first hand about his deep respect for human life. One of the first things that grew from my experience at the crisis pregnancy center was the desire to organize a pro-life com- mittee at my parish in order to share what I had learned and get more people involved. Through a mutual pro-life friend, I was introduced to a young woman in my parish, Jody Greenen, who was active in the pro-life movement. I was encouraged that Bishop McDonald had established a Respect Life Office in our diocese. I quickly made contact with the director, Anne Dierks, to get help. Anne attended a parish coun- cil meeting with us and made a short presentation outlining the bishop's call for parish pro-life activities. The council approved our plan, and we became one of the first parishes in the diocese to establish a pro-life committee. It was 1991 when Jody and I took a bold step forward. We made plans for a Rosary Novena for Life to take place at three of the abortion clinics in Little Rock. We were prompted by a story in Arkansas Catholic about one that had occurred in Memphis, and we believed the call for prayer was desperately needed in Little Rock. The novena would consist of praying the 15-decade rosary for nine consecutive Saturdays outside abortion clinics. Bishop McDonald leads recitation of the rosary outside an abortion dinic in Little Rock. 95