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LR diocese releases funeral arrangements & statement on passing of Former Bishop McDonald

Update:{} Bishop Anthony B. Taylor released this state Tuesday afternoon on the passing of Bishop Andrew McDonald.

"It is with sadness and hope in eternal life that I inform you that our beloved Bishop Emeritus Andrew J. McDonald died today, April 1, 2014 at St. Joseph's Home for the Elderly in Palatine, Ill.{}

Please pray for the happy repose of his soul.{} Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.{} May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen."

The body of Bishop McDonald will be received at the Cathedral of St. Andrew at 6 p.m., Monday, April 7.{} A vigil and rosary will begin at 7 p.m. and will be followed by an all-night vigil during which the body of Bishop McDonald will lay in state at the Cathedral.

{}Mass of Christian Burial and interment will take place at the Cathedral of St. Andrew beginning at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 8.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Diocese of Little Rock says former bishop Andrew McDonald has died. He was 90.

Dennis Lee, the diocese's chancellor for administrative affairs in Little Rock, says McDonald died Tuesday morning in Palatine, Ill., where he moved after serving 28 years as bishop in Arkansas. Lee did not release a cause of death.

McDonald was selected as the fifth Catholic bishop in Little Rock in 1972 and stepped down in 2000.

After his resignation, McDonald served as a chaplain for the Little Sisters of the Poor at St. Joseph Home for the Elderly in Palatine, Ill., according to the diocese's web site.

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