Archbishop James H. MacDonald, CSC, Archbishop Emeritus of St. John's, Newfoundland. He's on the far left, his sister Marie and brother-in-law Richard Renaud
About two months ago my secretary told me I had a call from a "relative" who had called twice before but I was out. So I picked up the phone and this man said, "Hello, I'm Archbishop MacDonald." At first I thought it was a relative of mine being silly and I almost said to him, "Ya, sure!"
Fortunately I didn't for the man was Archbishop James MacDonald, the retired Archbishop of Saint John, Newfoundland. Prior to that he was the Bishop of Prince Edward Island, right next to Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and prior to that he had been an auxiliary bishop in Hamilton,Ontario. He started off as a Canadian Holy Cross Priest. He's now 86 years old and enjoying retirement.
He called to tell me he would be in Macon on November 2 and wanted to visit with me. I had a very nice visit with him yesterday here at St. Joseph.
He is very familiar with the little hamlet of Judique, Cape Breton where my father was born and reared. His mother was from there and she is related to my father's mother "Eliza McDougal." So we're distant cousins.
But the really odd thing is that about two weeks ago, he was celebrating Mass in Windsor, Ontario where he now lives and after Mass, an older couple introduced themselves to him. He asked where they were from and they said from Macon, Georgia. Astonished, he said that he was going to Macon in two weeks to see a relative of his. They asked what is his name?
Father Allan MacDonald he said. They answered astonished, "that's our pastor!"
In fact Marie and Harold Kelly told me about a month ago they were going to Canada. Marie is from there, in fact, an oddly enough again, from Prince Edward Island. They just happened to pick the Church where Archbishop MacDonald was celebrating Mass in Windsor!