What's Happening in the Diocese

Bishop greets initiates at Rite of Election

Published: Monday, March 6, 2017

Each year, bishops in dioceses worldwide personally welcome those going through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process during the Rite of Election, a special service held at the beginning of Lent. This year, Bishop Anthony B. Taylor welcomed catechumens and candidates at rites held in four locations across Arkansas: Blessed Sacrament Church in Jonesboro on March 2; St. Vincent de Paul Church in Rogers on March 4; Christ the King Church in Little Rock on March 5; and St. Edward Church in Texarkana on March 6. More

Bishop appeals to governor on executions

Published: Thursday, March 2, 2017

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor wrote the following letter to Gov. Asa Hutchinson March 1, 2017, asking him to halt the executions of eight men scheduled for April in Arkansas. I am writing you today to ask you to commute to a sentence of life without parole the sentences of Don Davis and Bruce Earl Ward (scheduled to be executed April 17), Ledelle Lee and Stacey Johnson (scheduled to be executed April 20), Marcel Williams and Jack Jones, Jr. (scheduled to be executed April 24), Jason McGehee and Kenneth Williams (scheduled to be executed April 27). More

CRS Rice Bowl serves poor worldwide

Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The season of Lent is marked by many traditions among Catholics in the United States. Symbolized by its ubiquitous cardboard box, CRS Rice Bowl has been a tradition for generations of Catholics. Beginning in 1975 as a response to a growing famine in Africa, CRS Rice Bowl today shines a light on the Catholic community’s commitment to poor and vulnerable families. Their lives are improving in measurable ways through the humanitarian programs and services provided by Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) and the Church around the world. More

Mardi Gras celebrates Christ the King

Published: Monday, February 20, 2017

Traditionally, Mardi Gras, which is French for "Fat Tuesday", involves a big celebration where partygoers overindulge one last time before the solemn season of Lent begins the following day on Ash Wednesday, which is a day of fast and abstinence. This year, Mardi Gras will be celebrated Feb. 28. In many cultures, the time between the Christmas season and Lent is known as "carnival." Carnival comes from the Latin words, "carne vale," meaning "farewell to the flesh." Like many Catholic celebrations, Mardi Gras likely has its roots in pre-Christian traditions based on the seasons. More

Women invited to discern God's call

Published: Monday, February 13, 2017

The annual Women's Religious Discernment Retreat has been rescheduled for March 4-5 at St. Joseph Center in North Little Rock. It was scheduled for January but had to be cancelled because of inclement weather. Single women ages 16 to 35 who want to learn about and discern a vocation to the religious life are welcome to attend. This free event will include talks by sisters from religious orders in Arkansas, Mass celebrated by Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, adoration, reconciliation, time for prayer, reflection and opportunities to speak with the sisters. It will begin More

Find truth: Subscribe to Arkansas Catholic

Published: Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Scriptures tell us, “the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32) Subscribe to Arkansas Catholic because you need a source you can trust when truth is hard to find. Arkansas Catholic, the award-winning weekly newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock, offers complete print and digital subscriptions. The print edition is delivered to your mailbox every week. Subscriptions are only $26 a year ($24 for seniors). Subscription envelopes are available at the church or by calling (501) 664-0125. Or you can get Arkansas Catholic Digital the same day it’s published on your computer and most More

Strengthen marriage this Valentine's Day

Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Catholic Church in the United States wants Valentine's Day to be about more than candy and flowers. It wants to offer couples support and encouragement for building strong and lasting marriages. In February, the Church partners with other organizations to celebrate National Marriage Week, Feb. 7-14, an event that concludes with World Marriage Day on Feb. 14. Go to marriage events in Arkansas. These events provide an opportunity "to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage and to affirm and support engaged and married couples," said Archbishop Charles More

Bishop addresses recent executive actions

Published: Sunday, January 29, 2017

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor released the following statement to the people of the Diocese of Little Rock regarding recent executive actions by President Donald Trump on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. Satan is "the father of lies" (John 8:44) and he prowls the world seeking the ruin of souls — and nations. Satan's greatest tool is fear. He sows the seeds of confusion and takes advantage of people's blindness, ignorance and gullibility. This week we have seen clearly the chaos that ensues when policy decisions are made without first considering their impact on real people, our brothers and More