What's Happening in the Diocese

Nine complete theology institute in 2016

Published: Friday, June 24, 2016

Little Rock Theology Institute recognized nine students June 4, for completing the adult faith formation program's three-year coursework in theology. The following students received certificates of completion: Joe Redden of St. Edward Church, Texarkana (back row from left); Nick Moseley of St. Louis Church, Camden; Michael Smith and Debbie Meiklejohn, both of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Little Rock; Dawn Ward of St. Joseph Church, Conway (front row, from left); Kathy Dust of St. Paul Church, Pocahontas; Dede O’Bar of Our Lady of the Assumption Church More

St. Joseph is model for husbands, fathers

Published: Thursday, June 16, 2016

St. Joseph, husband of Mary and earthly father of Jesus, is the model of fatherhood. His faith and obedience to God inspired his devotion for his family. As we prepare to celebrate Father's Day on June 19, it might be helpful to study his example. In "Five Lessons from St. Joseph," author Randy Hain points out attributes that serve as a helpful guide: 1.) St. Joseph was obedient. 2.) St. Joseph was selfless; 3.) St. Joseph led by example; 4.) St. Joseph was a worker; and 5.) St. Joseph was a leader. "Let’s look to the inspiring example of St. Joseph, patron saint More

Alive in the Word: a new study from LRSS

Published: Tuesday, June 7, 2016

In May, Little Rock Scripture Study (LRSS) released a new series, Alive in the Word, with two titles, “Mary, Favored by God” and "Trust: Confidence in the God of Salvation.” Eight more will be released in the coming year, including, “Mercy: God’s Nature, Our Challenge," in July to coincide with the Jubilee Year of Mercy. While the emphasis in other LRSS series is biblical understanding and reflection, Alive in the Word focuses on biblical spirituality, reflection and how to apply the lessons to one’s life. This series is designed to be shorter and more flexible. Each booklet More

418 graduate from Catholic high schools

Published: Friday, May 27, 2016

A total of 418 students from five Catholic high schools in Arkansas graduated in May. Commencement exercises were held May 14-27 at the following schools: Subiaco Academy — The baccalaureate Mass was celebrated at St. Benedict Church followed by the graduation in the inner courtyard on Saturday, May 14. The valedictorian was Kangkyu Kim of Seoul, South Korea. The salutatorian was Nicholas Ryan Langston of Fort Smith. See more about these students along with a complete list of graduates in Arkansas Catholic. The newspaper also More

Family assistance to help long-term

Published: Friday, May 27, 2016

The former Emergency Assistance Program, which operated as a ministry of Catholic Charities of Arkansas, has been replaced by the new Family Assistance Program. It is designed to provide long-term solutions to families and individuals referred by parishes who are coping with chronic economic crises. Families may meet with Catholic Charities staff and work together to develop a plan that can help them stabilize their financial situation and achieve long-term economic goals. Providing short-term financial aid, such as for a utility bill, that was available through More

Institute teaches teens about social justice

Published: Friday, May 27, 2016

The annual Catholic Charities Summer Institute (C²SI) will be held July 10-15 at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. During the weeklong summer program youth in grades 9-12 will learn about poverty, homelessness, the elderly, refugees, human trafficking, the protection of the unborn and care for God’s creation through classroom work and hands-on community service projects. Students also have the option to participant in Heifer Project International's Global Gateway program near Perryville. The fee to attend is $200 per person. Participation in the Heifer More

Teens to grow bond with Christ at Search

Published: Friday, May 6, 2016

Applications are being accepted for Search #140 through June 8. This event will be held at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock on June 24-26. Search is a faith formation program for high school juniors and seniors designed to help them get to know themselves better, deepen their relationship with Christ and find support in living out their faith in the world. The retreat team is made up of teens and adults who have already attended Search. Though it is a Catholic program, Search is open to teens of all faiths. The fee to attend Search is $120. Scholarships are available. To register, More

Study scriptural mercy at Bible Institute

Published: Friday, May 6, 2016

“The Message of Mercy: The Biblical Roots of Pope Francis’ Teachings” is the theme for the 2016 Bible Institute June 17-19 at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. Father Garrett Galvin, OFM, will be the featured speaker. He is the author of "Egypt as a Place of Refuge" (Mohr Siebeck, 2011) and "David’s Successors: Kingship in the Old Testament" (Liturgical Press, 2016). He currently teaches full time at Franciscan School of Theology in Oceanside, Calif. He will speak five times throughout the weekend on the following themes: Compassion, Grace and Love: The Concept More