What's Happening in the Diocese

Diocese reports sexual abuse by ex-priest

Published: Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Last month, the Diocesan Review Board and I met with and listened to someone who had been the victim of clergy sexual abuse as a youth in our diocese. We earlier had been contacted by a concerned family member and at that time ensured that a report was made to the Arkansas Department of Human Services, and then began conducting our investigation. In the course of our investigation, we also established a second victim, and we immediately offered assistance to these two known victims and their family members. This abuse occurred over 35 years ago, and at that time both victims were members of Our Lady of Good More

Youth invited to Texas regional conference

Published: Thursday, September 1, 2016

High schools students are invited to attend the 2016 Region 10 Youth Conference Nov. 17-20 in Beaumont, Texas. This year's theme is: "Take Courage!" It is based on Matthew 14:27: "But Jesus immediately said to them: 'Take courage. It is I. Do not be afraid.'" This three-day regional event is held every other even year and is composed of the Catholic dioceses in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Thousands of youth and adult chaperones gather to be part of the larger Church. The schedule includes featured speakers, music, Mass, general sessions and other activities. In Arkansas, participation is coordinated through the Diocese of Little Rock Catholic Youth Ministry Office. More

Answers far from simple for Catholic voters

Published: Thursday, September 1, 2016

How should a Catholic feel about this election season? It’s been a strange, dispiriting season in our country’s political life, with public discourse plunging to lows that most us have never witnessed. For Catholics, who hold a high view of public life, this election has been especially disappointing. Substance has nearly disappeared from the debates. The topics filling the void have become so cringe-worthy it would be embarrassing, or simply inappropriate, to mention them explicitly in a diocesan newspaper or website. But I am not saying anything others have not said already, to the point of exhaustion. More

Louisiana flood collection starts Aug. 27

Published: Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor is asking Arkansas parishes to join with those nationwide in taking up an emergency collection for Louisiana flood victims on Aug. 27-28 or Sept. 3-4. Repeated heavy rains in August have resulted in a 25-mile stretch of flooding in southern Louisiana making it the worst natural disaster in the United States since Superstorm Sandy in 2012. "From our own experience with natural disasters in Arkansas, we know the immediate and long-term recovery needs of the people in the flooded communities in Louisiana will be great and difficult to meet on their own," Bishop Taylor wrote in a letter to be read at all Masses. More

Joe Kleine to speak at 2016 Rosary Rally

Published: Friday, August 19, 2016

The second annual Rosary Rally for student athletes will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 25 at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. Youth in grades 5-12 from Catholic schools in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Benton and Hot Springs are invited to attend. Hot dogs will be served from 6 to 6:30 p.m. by area Knights of Columbus. The keynote speaker will be Joe Kleine, a former Razorback, member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic gold medal basketball team and member of the Chicago Bulls NBA Championship team in 1998. Deacon John Hall will then offer a spiritual reflection and lead the More

Novena, Mass to celebrate new St. Teresa

Published: Friday, August 19, 2016

Blessed Teresa of Kolkata (formerly Mother Teresa of Calcutta) will be canonized a saint by Pope Francis on Sunday, Sept. 4. Known for serving "the poorest of the poor" she founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950. The late Bishop Andrew J. McDonald hosted Mother Teresa in 1982 when she visited Little Rock to consider a request to run Abba House, a shelter for pregnant mothers, their children and homeless women, on south Oak Street. She agreed and sent four Missionaries of Charity sisters to begin running the shelter in 1983. The order continues to operate Abba House today. More

Golf classic to benefit Catholic charities

Published: Friday, August 19, 2016

The 22nd annual Bishop McDonald-Catholic Charities Golf Classic will be held Monday, Sept. 26 at Maumelle Country Club. Tee times will be at 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for this four-person scramble. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided along with complimentary beverages. Awards will be presented after morning and afternoon play. Team prizes will be given for closest to pin, hole in one and longest drive. There will also be a putting contest. Entry fees are $150 per player and $600 per four-person team. If you would like to sponsor the registration for a priest or religious, the fee is $150. More

Marriage Encounter to be held Sept. 23-25

Published: Monday, August 15, 2016

Married couples are invited to attend the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend Sept. 23-25 at Coury House Retreat Center on the grounds of Subiaco Abbey. Encuentro Matrimonial, the Spanish-language version of this program, will be held Nov. 11-13 at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. Marriage Encounter allows married couples to spend time together, away from the distractions and tensions of everyday life, where they can focus on each other and their relationship. Couples learn a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. It's not a retreat, marriage clinic, group sensitivity or a substitute for counseling. It's a unique approach aimed at revitalizing marriage. More