What's New

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will celebrate a Mass of Hope and Healing for survivors...

Calendar of Events

April 19, 2020
2020 Mass for Hope and Healing
St. John Catholic Center

Library

The diocese offers a resource library of books and reference materials for Catholic educators, ministers and families in Arkansas. Resources include materials on: liturgy, prayer, sacramental preparation, religious education, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Scripture, spirituality and theology. To learn more or check out materials, Contact Us.

Chancery Office

The Chancery includes those offices and persons who directly assist the bishop in the pastoral and administrative governance of the Diocese of Little Rock. The Chancery, on behalf of the bishop, expedites canonical matters, processes prenuptial documents for marriages, collects and preserves diocesan and parish records, assists parishes and priests with civil matters, maintains files, collects statistical information, facilitates communications with other dioceses and the Vatican and directs inquirers to appropriate sources. For more information, see our list of services below, or Contact Us.


Parish Marriage Documents

Parishes may download marriage documents for free or order copies from the Chancery Office for $3 per packet by e-mailing Susi Blanco. To find the documents for download, go to Dispensations and Permissions. To order FOCCUS inventories for engaged couples in your parish, visit the FOCCUS website. Included for download is the diocesan Marriage Preparation Policy and Petition for Radical Sanation of Marriage. | Leer en español


Safe Environment Program

Under the direction of the chancellor for canonical affairs, this program coordinates the diocese’s safe environment education and training efforts. For more information, contact Deacon Matt Glover, chancellor for canonical affairsat (501) 664-0340. For additional resources, see Safe Environment PoliciesHow to Report Abuse of Minor or the Clergy Disclosure List. | Leer en español


Sacramental Records and Archives

The diocese maintains records of baptisms and marriages. Requests for baptismal certificates for marriage should be made to the parish of baptism. Visit the Parish Directory for contact information. The purpose of our archives is to collect, preserve and make available for research historical records of the Catholic Church in Arkansas. If unsure of the parish of baptism or marriage, to locate records of parishes that have closed, for other sacramental inquiries or to request an archive search, submit a Request for a Baptism or Marriage Record or an Archive Search. For parish resources, see the Handbook for Sacramental Records, Sample Baptism Register or Baptism Record Form (Excel).


Visiting Clergy, Religious or Laity Vetting Policy

Our bishop is the chief teacher and shepherd for the Catholic Church in Arkansas. Part of that responsibility is to ensure that visitors from outside our diocese who wish to speak or serve publicly in our Catholic parishes and organizations do so in a manner consistent with Church teaching and in accordance with our safe environment policies

Application Form for Visiting Clergy, Religious or Laity

Send this application to the diocesan safe environment coordinator or fax it to (501) 664-5835 no later than 30 days prior to the event.

Testimonial of Suitability Form or (Fill-in-the-Blank Version)

It is the responsibility of the inviting parish or organization and the prospective visitor to obtain a recently-issued testimonial of suitability.


Parish Pastoral and Finance Council Training

Deacon Matthew Glover, chancellor for canonical affairs, presents the training, in the video above, on the diocesan policies for parish pastoral and finance councils in 2019. This information is intended to be used as a resource to pastors who want additional training or discussion points with their council members. Obviously, each parish is different, and the way in which each pastor uses his councils will be different. For more information, download the diocesan policies below.

Diocesan Policies for Parish Pastoral Councils (PDF)

These policies describe the purpose and objectives, membership, officers, meetings and the relationship of the councils with other boards for parish pastoral councils. | (en español)

Diocesan Policies for Parish Finance Councils (PDF)

These policies describe the purpose, responsibilities and objectives, membership, officers, meetings and the relationship of the councils with other boards for parish finance councils. | (en español)


Extraordinary Ministers of Communion

Although the ordinary ministers of the Eucharist are priests and deacons, lay people may be commissioned to assist in the distribution of Communion. Originally intended for extraordinary circumstances, this has now become a common pastoral practice in the United States. For more information, see EMHC Policies and GuidelinesMandates or the Application Form for Extraordinary Minister of Communion.


What's New

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will celebrate a Mass of Hope and Healing for survivors...

Calendar of Events

April 19, 2020
2020 Mass for Hope and Healing
St. John Catholic Center

Library

The diocese offers a resource library of books and reference materials for Catholic educators, ministers and families in Arkansas. Resources include materials on: liturgy, prayer, sacramental preparation, religious education, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Scripture, spirituality and theology. To learn more or check out materials, Contact Us.