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The following offers the latest information about events and activities happening in the Diocese of Little Rock.
The first class of the School of Spiritual Direction was recognized for completing the three-year program during a special Mass June 11 at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock. Msgr. Scott Friend, VG, concelebrated the Mass along with Father Rubén Quinteros and retired Father Robert Dienert. During the Mass, 24 new spiritual directors were certified to minister in the Diocese of Little Rock, allowing them to guide individuals who seek to follow God's will for their lives and deepen their relationship with him. A total of 31 people, which included Father Dienert, ... More
The United States celebrates its independence July 4. In addition to fireworks and picnics, this is a good day to thank God for our freedom and remember not to take it for granted. During the Fortnight for Freedom, which ends July 4, we have been asked to pray, act and deepen our awareness of religious freedom and its importance. We also celebrate the feasts of St. Thomas More, St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, Sts. Peter and Paul and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome, who were all great martyrs that remained faithful in the face of persecution ... More
A Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated Monday, June 27 to honor six priests who are celebrating 25 and 50 years of priestly service in the Diocese of Little Rock. Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will be the main celebrant. The Mass will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock. A dinner reception will follow in McDonald Hall that is open to everyone. No reservations are required. Those celebrating 50 years are: Msgr. James Mancini and Father Nho Duy "Dominic" Do, both retired, and Msgr. Lawrence Frederick of Catholic High School in Little Rock. Those celebrating ... More
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
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
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
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
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