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The following offers the latest information about events and activities happening in the Diocese of Little Rock.
Bishop Anthony B. Taylor announced the following pastoral appointment, Feb. 2, 2022, for the Diocese of Little Rock. Effective Feb. 6: Rev. Polycarp Ssebbowa, suspended from the office of pastor of St. James Church in Searcy and St. Richard Church in Bald Knob, because of a delay in his immigration case. He will be residing at Immaculate Conception Church in North Little Rock. Priests from Immaculate Conception Church in North Little Rock will provide Mass coverage for St. James Church in Searcy and St. Richard Church in Bald Knob. ... More
The offices of the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock will be closed to the public Thursday, Feb. 3 and Friday, Feb. 4, because of a winter storm. The Inclement Weather Policy will be in effect for diocesan staff. To reach a member of our staff, visit our staff directory, which is listed in alphabetical order. Look for the name of the person you wish to reach and click on the red button under his or her name to send an email. Or leave a phone message by calling (501) 664-0340. He or she will respond as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. For information about Catholic ministries ... More
Bishop Anthony B. Taylor announced the following pastoral appointments, Jan. 28, 2022, for the Diocese of Little Rock. Effective March 22: Rev. Chandra Kodavatikanti, relieved of his responsibilities as administrator of St. John the Evangelist Church in Huntsville and associate pastor of St. Joseph Church in Fayetteville to return to India due to a delay in the renewal of his visa; Rev. Keith Higginbotham, appointed pastor of St. John the Evangelist Church in Huntsville. This is in addition to his current responsibilities as associate pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Rogers. He is relieved ... More
Catholic Schools Week is observed nationwide Jan. 30 to Feb. 5. Catholic schools will celebrate the week with special Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and the community. This year these events will look different because of the safety protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to the Church, communities and the nation. To learn how Catholic schools in Arkansas will celebrate, contact a school near you. This observance ... More
Arkansas Catholic is running a contest to choose a photo for the cover of the 2023 diocesan directory. Any Arkansas photographer 18 or older, professional or amateur, can enter their photo of a Catholic church or institution in the diocese. March 11 is the deadline to enter the contest. It is free to enter. Complete rules are listed in this contest entry packet (which includes the rules, official entry form and a sample model release form). The first-place winner gets a copy of the directory and a one-year print subscription to Arkansas Catholic. Robert Alexander, of Little Rock, ... More
"The focus of the synod is to listen to the people of God," said Liz Tingquist explaining the purpose of the process. "So often the Church is the teacher. With these listening sessions, the Church desires to learn." Sister Mickey Espinoza, MCP, added: "The listening sessions are our opportunity to tell the Church what is in our hearts, and together be open to the Spirit and where this leads our parish communities and universal Church in the future." To do this, every diocese has been asked to hold listening sessions with a special focus on people who are marginalized in the Church and community. ... More
Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will celebrate the 35th annual Diocese of Little Rock Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Mass at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15 at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock. During the Mass he will present the Daniel Rudd Award to a black Catholic who is active in his or her parish and community during the Mass. Daniel Rudd was a former slave who lived in Marion, Arkansas, and started the first National Black Catholic Congress. He published the first black Catholic weekly, the American Catholic Tribune, in 1886. He died in 1933. This award was last presented. ... More
Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will lead the Diocese of Little Rock in its annual Eucharistic Procession for Life and Mass for Life Sunday, Jan. 16 to mark the 49th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions that legalized abortion in the United States in 1973. The observance begins with the Eucharistic Procession for Life at 10 a.m. in the plaza in front of the DoubleTree Hotel in Little Rock. The procession will go through Riverfront Park and conclude at the Statehouse Convention Center where the bishop will celebrate the Mass for Life at noon ... More