What's Happening in the Diocese

Five men to be ordained priests May 27

Published: Friday, May 19, 2017

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will ordain five men to the priesthood for the Diocese of Little Rock on Saturday, May 27. They are: Deacons William Burmester of Conway, Stephen Hart of Little Rock, Ramses Mendieta, originally from Nicaragua, Martin Siebold of North Little Rock and Luke Womack of Hot Springs. The 10 a.m. ordination Mass will be held at Christ the King Church in Little Rock with a reception to follow in the Family Life Center. The night before, on Friday, May 26, a holy hour to pray for these men and for an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life More

Lift up moms in your life to Mary in prayer

Published: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

In Catholic tradition, the month of May is dedicated to Mary. Chosen by God above all other women, Mary's faith and obedience paved the way for the Incarnation. Her example teaches us faith, obedience, humility and most of all, how to love. At the foot of the cross, her heart broke for Jesus, yet she accepted God's will not only for her Son, but for herself in her new role as mother to us all. (John 19:25-27) As we honor our earthly mothers this month, let's honor our heavenly mother as well. Those devoted to her are always led to her Son. For her wise counsel tells us, "Do whatever More

Grants available to assist charitable works

Published: Monday, May 8, 2017

Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) at the Diocese of Little Rock awards a limited number of small grants to provide financial assistance to organizations whose efforts are aimed at serving the needs of low-income people. Projects eligible for funding can either be direct service-oriented, or aimed at institutional change. Applications are accepted without regard to religious denomination. Grants between $500 and $2,000 are awarded. Organizations seeking a local grant, may apply online through More

Five to be ordained deacons this month

Published: Monday, May 8, 2017

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will ordain five Diocese of Little Rock seminarians to the diaconate in May. These include: Keith Higginbotham, May 18 in North Little Rock; Daniel Ramos, May 20 in Marche; and Joseph de Orbegozo, Patrick Friend and Stephen Elser, May 24 in Little Rock. Through this process they will become transitional deacons, which is a major step toward priestly ordination. The diaconate ordination Mass for Keith Higginbotham will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 18 at St. Anne Church More

Bishop announces pastoral appointments

Published: Monday, May 1, 2017

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor announced the following pastoral appointments for the Diocese of Little Rock on April 28 and May 2, 2017. Effective May 3, 2017: Rev. Jason Sharbaugh, relieved of his responsibilities as pastor of St. Boniface Church in Fort Smith to assist with the liturgical schedule at Immaculate Conception Church in Fort Smith through May 14 and at St. Theresa Church in Little Rock from May 15 through June 12. As previously announced, he will provide summer coverage at St. Barbara Church in De Queen and St. Juan Diego Church in Wickes, effective June 13 More

St. Scholastica extends term of prioress

Published: Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sister Maria DeAngeli, OSB, prioress of St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith, will continue to lead the convent through May 2019. Her fellow Benedictine sisters voted to extend her term on April 21. She was originally elected prioress in 2009 and reelected to an additional four-year term in 2013. The sisters reached their decision after a two-day reflection process. Sister Maria, a native of Lake Village, is the daughter of the late Angelo and Lois DeAngeli and was one of seven children. She entered St. Scholastica Monastery in 1949 and made her monastic profession More

Gain indulgence during Fatima centennial

Published: Monday, April 24, 2017

May 13 marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal. Pope Francis will make a two-day pilgrimage to the site where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children, Sts. Francisco and Jacinta Marto and Lucia dos Santos, in 1917. In a letter to the people of the Diocese of Little Rock, Bishop Anthony B. Taylor invited Arkansas Catholics to join Our Lady of Fatima Church in Benton in celebrating this centennial. "Pope Francis has acknowledged the centennial year and decreed that those who observe the centennial year More

Apply for LRSS scholarship by May 5

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017

Each year four Arkansas Catholic parishioners receive $1,000 scholarships from Little Rock Scripture Study to assist them in pursuing college degrees in fields such as theology, Scripture, sacred music, canon law, liturgy, pastoral administration or religious education. This year, the deadline to apply for the Scholarship for Studies Preparing for Lay Ministry is Friday, May 5. Active Catholics who are enrolled in college or graduate school may receive more information about the scholarship by contacting Cackie Upchurch, director of Little Rock Scripture Study More