What's Happening in the Diocese

Mass, March for Life to be held Jan. 22

Published: Saturday, January 7, 2017

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will celebrate the annual Mass for Life at 12:05 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 22 at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in downtown Little Rock. Prior to the Mass, a Rosary for Life will be held at 11:30 a.m. Anyone who has lost a child, for any reason, will be able to present a rose during the offertory in memory of their child. There is no need to bring roses; they will be made available at the Mass. Each year, this Mass is celebrated to mark the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions that legalized abortion in the United States. More

Diocese closes because of weather Jan. 6

Published: Friday, January 6, 2017

The offices of the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock are closed Friday, Jan. 6 because of inclement weather. All Catholic schools in Little Rock and North Little Rock are also closed. To reach a member of our staff, visit our staff directory and click on the name of the person you wish to reach to send an e-mail. Leave a phone message by calling (501) 664-0340. He or she will respond when the offices reopen. Thank you for your patience. This closure does not apply to events or programs that were scheduled to be held at St. John Catholic Center this weekend. If you registered More

Christmas offering goes to retired priests

Published: Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Show your appreciation for our 16 retired priests by contributing to the Clergy Welfare Fund in a special collection to be taken up at all Masses in Arkansas on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This fund provides for the care of our elderly and infirm priests in the Diocese of Little Rock. The Christmas collection is the primary source of income for the Clergy Welfare Fund. Please be generous to those who have dedicated their lives to serving the Church in Arkansas. For more information, contact Dianne Brady, director of the Stewardship and Development Office More

Become a messenger of the Good News

Published: Tuesday, December 20, 2016

"'Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: You will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: 'Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.'" (Luke 2:10-14) The angel of the Lord gave this message to shepherds keeping the night watch over their flock. More

Men, women invited to discern God's call

Published: Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Diocese of Little Rock will host retreats for both men and women to discern religious vocations in December and January in Fletcher Hall on the campus of St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. The Vocations and Seminarians Office will offer its annual Come and See Retreat for men interested in discerning a vocation to the priesthood on Dec. 30-31. Rooted in prayer and to consist of talks, group discussion, vocational videos and personal testimonies by priests and seminarians, this retreat is designed to help participants explore more deeply a possible calling to the More

Bishop announces pastoral appointments

Published: Friday, December 16, 2016

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor announced the following pastoral appointments for the Diocese of Little Rock on Friday, December 16, 2016. Effective Jan. 3: Rev. Athanasius Okeiyi relieved of his responsibilities as pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Pocahontas, St. Joseph the Worker Church in Corning and St. John the Baptist Church in Engelberg to begin his studies as directed by his bishop, Bishop Lucius I. Ugorji of Umuahia, Nigeria; Rev. Mariadass Vallapaneni appointed administrator of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Pocahontas, St. Joseph the Worker Church in Corning and More

Rubio to be ordained to diaconate Dec. 17

Published: Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will celebrate the diaconate ordination Mass of Nelson Jesus Rubio Villalobos (Nelson Rubio) at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in Hot Springs Village. This Diocese of Little Rock seminarian will become a transitional deacon, a major step toward priestly ordination. A reception will follow in the parish hall. All are invited to attend. Guests are also welcome to attend a holy hour for Rubio at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Little Rock. Prayers will be offered for him and an increase in vocations to the More

Key Marian feasts to offer spiritual insight

Published: Monday, December 5, 2016

Two important Marian feasts are celebrated during Advent. The solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be celebrated Thursday, Dec. 8. It is a holy day of obligation to attend Mass. To find holy day Mass times in your area, contact a parish near you. The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be celebrated on Monday, Dec. 12. Special celebrations mark this feast in parishes across Arkansas. See our Calendar of Events to find events in your area. Although we celebrate the Immaculate Conception during Advent, the season during which we prepare for More