What's Happening in the Diocese

Little Rock youth rally to be held Oct. 16

Published: Friday, September 23, 2016

The Diocese of Little Rock will host a one-day Senior High Youth Rally Sunday, Oct. 16 at Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock. This year’s theme, “He is the Way to Truth,” will be presented by Doug Tooke. The event will include praise and worship, presentation by Tooke, lunch and Mass. The cost is $25 a person. Scholarships are available. Register though your parish. To register your parish, download and return the registration packet with fee to the address provided by Sept. 28. For more information, contact Tricia Gentry at (501) 664-0340, ext. 418. More

Bishop answers questions on school policy

Published: Monday, September 19, 2016

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor issued the following to answer frequently asked questions about the policy on human sexuality for Diocese of Little Rock Catholic schools Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. On July 15, 2016, I promulgated an addendum to the manual of policies and regulations for Catholic schools in Arkansas. The policy addendum explained Catholic teaching on human sexuality and how it applies in the school context. (See subsection 4.42 – Human Sexuality Policy) In recent weeks, this new policy has received some media scrutiny, not all of which has been accurate. In turn, I and other staff members of the diocese have received several complaints, questions, and concerns. Accordingly, I have decided to address More

Sts. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, pray for us

Published: Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that angels are pure, spiritual beings who have been present since creation to glorify God without ceasing and serve as messengers of his saving plan for humanity. In addition, "from its beginning until death, human life is surrounded by their watchful care and intercession." (nos. 330-350) Angel, which comes from the Latin "angelus" and the Greek "angelos," is a "messenger, envoy; one that announces." Archangels are one of the nine choirs of angels listed in the Bible. The hierarchy of angels ranked from lowest to highest fall into the following classes: 1.) angels, 2.) archangels, 3.) principalities, 4.) powers, 5.) virtues, 6.) dominations, 7.) thrones, 8.) cherubim; and More

Retrouvaille to help heal hurting marriages

Published: Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Retrouvaille, a program designed to help heal and renew troubled and hurting marriages, consists of a weekend experience followed by a series of 6 to 12 post-weekend sessions over a three-month period. It provides tools to help couples with troubled marriages to heal. The main emphasis of the program is on communication between husband and wife. It gives couples the opportunity to rediscover each other and examine their lives together in a new and positive way. Separated and divorced couples are also encouraged to attend. To attend, call (501) 834-1956. To register online, visit Retrouvaille is sponsored by the diocesan Family Life Office. It is offered in English and Spanish. More

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