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402 ' 1HE'IND'i'AN 'ADv'OC.vTE.
May it please your Lordship
We thepupils of-St? 'MaVy's Aca'demy hail with' delight your p'resencea.
mongst us to-day, as it gives us a long-desired opportunity of testifying to
jou the sincere and affedionate sentiments of our "young hearts iu grateful
remembrance of your Lordship's solicitude for our spiritual and temporal
Like all true" pastors of : souls, you hilly realize the pafaffio'luinmpor
tanceofan early Christian education'and' hence the joy arid'1 pleasure it
must afford your Lordship to see the future womanhood of -ybuf" Diocfcse
and supporters of holy Church so cheerful, happy and contented.
We fully appreciate the efforts of the past, made by the pioneers of
Catholicity in this Territory, but we cannot but admire the good and re
joice at the success of your Lordship's effdrts in placing churches and
Schools on a still higher plnne.
Your Lordship, though always affable and considerate, might be incli
ned to think us wanting in gratitude, were we not to give expression to the
deep, very deep sense of our sincere appreciation for the founders of St.
Mary's Academy", but more especially for our present teachers.
Under their erilighted guidance, witnesses of their exemplary lives and
the practice of every Virtue that adorns and beautifies the chosen of God,
we have no excuse for not realizing your Lordship's most sanguine expectat
tions in our future careers and Christian homes. ,
The ideal girlhood of your beloved Belgium must, indeed, reach a high
degree of perfection, as thev drink in CathoHcisrrt at their mother's knee.but
all of us have nofnad'thal Godlike privilege and hence we take a just pride
in being so good and are resolved to become still better'.
Inmnion with jpur num.erous friends and a,dmirers permit us to offer
you our choicest congratulations on the dignity conferred on your Lordship,
by our Holy Father PiusX.in raising this Vicariate Apostolic to that of
the Diocese of Oklahoma, May vie not hope to sfefe in the not distant fu
ture the Bishopric of Oklahoma, become an Arch i episcopal See with your
Lordship as first Metropolitan. t
Wie,kAow that gratitude for past privileges is the surest means of ob
taining ijejijr favors, therefore we once more thank your Lordship, for your
kind visit and shall always look forward wifti expectant joy for the next,
In conclusion, we beg to remain our LoVdship's most, devotedly. The pu
pils of St. Mary's Academy.
The-Bishbp in reply i if g paid a glowing tribute to the girls for
the ' very interesting program they went through. He laid
special emphasis on the moral to be drawn from the beautiful
Drama fJoan of Arc." He thanked them for the many flattiing
"encomiums embodied in their address concluding with the
words; "Girls keep your good resolutions of fidelity, to holy