Visit door of mercy during jubilee year

Published: April 7, 2016

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Pope Francis asked that every diocese in the world have a door of mercy during the Year of Mercy to be "a place of pilgrimage and spiritual renewal for the faithful." In the Diocese of Little Rock, the official door of mercy is located at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Little Rock. The faithful are invited to make a pilgrimage to the diocesan door of mercy during the jubilee year, which ends Nov. 20. 

Ten special pilgrimage events are scheduled on the first Saturday of each month through November. To learn more, visit our Calendar of Events. The first one was held in February. During each event, the door and eucharistic adoration chapel are open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. During that time, the following is offered:

  • 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. — Sacrament of reconciliation available
  • 12 p.m. — Pilgrimage Mass
  • 1 to 2:35 p.m. — Sacrament of reconciliation available
  • 3 p.m. — Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • 4:30 p.m. — Pilgrims welcome to celebrate vigil Mass with parishioners

Pilgrims are also invited to tour the diocesan House of Formation, located on the same campus, where seminarians serve as “ambassadors of mercy” and give presentations on the Year of Mercy. In addition, pilgrims may visit the door of mercy any time during the jubilee year by calling the church office at (501) 666-5073 to make a reservation. "Anyone can come during regular office hours. They can come by the office and we can let them in to go to the door of mercy. The church is also open every Saturday during the day,” pastor Father Josh Stengel said.

Those passing through the doors and completing the requirements — going to confession, receiving the Eucharist and praying for the pope’s intentions — may receive a plenary indulgence. For more information on the Year of Mercy, check out our Tips on Celebrating the Jubilee, which include 25 Ways to Perform the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy in Arkansas as well as a special series from Arkansas Catholic detailing the impact the jubilee can have in our daily lives.