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This ministry provides information on alcohol and drug addiction issues and resources to parishes and other diocesan groups. It also provides diocesan clergy with resources and referrals on alcohol and drug issues, interventions and the relationship of 12-Step programs to Catholic teachings and sacraments and assists parishes to initiate 12-Step programs as needed. For more information, see Directory of Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centers.

Calix Society of Central Arkansas

Catholic Charities of Arkansas' Alcohol and Drug Ministry is the liaison between the diocese and Calix Society International. Calix (Latin for “Chalice” and pronounced “kaylicks”) is not a substitute for Alcoholics Anonymous/Al-Anon or any other 12-step program like Celebrate Recovery or Growing in Grace.

In fact, faithful attendance to these meetings is strongly recommended. This is not Catholic A.A. or Al-Anon. However, as Christians we often feel our response to the 11th step is less than satisfactory.

It is in this area that Calix can offer a positive program — one that not only applies to all the steps, but also leads us to a better understanding of our “Higher Power,” who for us is Jesus Christ. “He is the key that opens all the hidden treasures of God’s wisdom and knowledge.” (Col. 2-3)

"A.A. restores your health and keeps you from an early grave. Calix saves your soul and puts you on the road to heaven." — William J. Montroy, a founder of Calix Society

Calix Society International and all units are Catholic and led by a priest who serves as spiritual director, but its membership is open to all faiths including family and friends who are affected. Calix Society of Central Arkansas is the local unit (chapter) that offers meetings the second Thursday of each month. For more information, visit our Calendar of Events.