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VOL. LXXIX, NO. 46 DIOCESE OF UTILE ROCK. AR By Tract Early New York (CNS) - New York Cardi- nal John J. O'Connor has announced that a skeleton exhumed from the cemetery of Old St. Patrick's Church has been positively identified as that of Pierre Toussaint, who could be the first black U.S. saint. All bones of the skeleton were found, he saidl "Not a single one was missing." Born a slave in Haiti in 1766, Toussaint became a resident of New York when he was brought to the city by his owner in1787. Toussaint was allowed to keep some of the money he made as a hairdresser, bought his freedom and se.cretly sup- ported the family of his master, who t: ishop Andrew J McDonald preachesdied on a return visit to Haiti. By the time of Toussaint's death in ![fr0m the newly-blessed episcopal 1853, he was known for his works of | .Platform at St. Andrew's Cathedral in charity and his devotion to the Eucha- Little Rock Nov 30, when he also re- tlladicated the "episcopal chair, re- rist. [ rltly restored to its original finish. O'Connor formal]), launched Toussaint's cause for canonization last :,i ath. Show " ' i/i:i rovndes family dy, music Nancy Woods I'Iot Springs - Old time religion to boogie-woogie to Presley tford, that is) -Hot Springs' music "The Bath House Show," offers of it all. A short two-hour trip nostalgia lane, the show delights ranging from preschoolers to singles and families. a converted storefront Central Ave., is located adjacent i I'till Wheatley Plaza, so lighted is readily a4ailable. While the itself may not boast much glitz tile floors and S00 theater-style trroundings are forgotten once ,Show begins. 'ast-paced and smoothly flowing, the includes an intermission, re: and souvenir items. it is, with music from the era through the 1960s and 1970s. But it's a lighthearted look past, with repartee, skits and a Pierre Toussaint December, and ceremonially initiated the search for his remains Nov. 1, All Saints Day. Exhumation is required by the Vatican Congregation for Sainthood Causes for verification of the remains of a candidate for sainthood. Digging at the spothistorically identified as Toussaint's grave, excava- tors found three skeletons found to be those of two White males and a white See "Toussaint," page 11 Kelly and Tom Wilkins, creators of the Bath House Show. spoof of radio dramas. The sound ef- fects are performed on stage and offer their own bit of comedy and surprises. The Spa City serves as a focal point of historical comments, and audience members are included in some of the skits. Tom Wilkins, the show's creator, and his wife, Kelley, have lived in Hot Springs for 11 years. They have put together an on-stage cast of 16 multi- talented performers, ranging from teenagers to --- well, 29 and holding. Kelley Wilkins has created an intrigu- ing and attractive set as well as au- thentically-styled and innovative cos- tumes. Among the visual effects are slide presentations, especially accompanying the finale. One of the more striking shots is of downtown Hot Springs dur- ing the May 19th flood. The theater received water up to stage level, but the: See "Bath House," page 11 DECEMBER 9. 1990 I Sesquicentennial plans announced Little Rock - Bishop Andrew J. McDonald has announced that plans for the 1993-94 Sesquicentennial Year are bel dated. Msgr. J. Gaston Hebe chair, Sr. chair, and Jerry Hell sesquicen- churc ing, N0 . Mass that .the ::::::':~ on year-long parish on the 2hurch in Arkansas 1. A closing liturgical he entire dio- cese is being scheq at the Statehouse Convention Center on Nov. 6, 1994. His excellency Bishop Andrew J. McDonald announces the following clerical appointments: Effective inunediately: . Rev. Donald J. Althoff, appointed to Committee for the Continuing Education of the Clergy, three years. Rev. H. Jon McDougal, appointed to Committee for the Continuing Education of the Clergy, three years. Rev. Francis I. Malone Chancellor ~0~ 0 E