Diocese of Little Rock Statistics

Updated Feb. 5, 2021

The following information came from the Official Catholic Directory. It was compiled from data collected in 2020.

Diocese Established: November 28, 1843

Diocesan Boundaries: 75 counties (52,068 square miles) that make up Arkansas. These fall into 8 regions that are called deaneries: Central, North Delta, North Ozark, Ouachita, South Delta, West Ozark, River Valley and West River Valley.

Bishop: Anthony B. Taylor

Abbots in Diocese: 1 (Abbot Leonard Wangler, OSB, Subiaco Abbey)

Total Catholic Population: 154,382 people

Churches: 130 (parishes and missions)

New Parishes Created: 1

Number of Full-Time Professional Ministry Personnel in Churches: 188 (in addition to priests and deacons)

Diocesan Priests — 87 (active and retired)

Religious Order Priests  29 (active and retired)

Extern Priests: 23 (from other dioceses)

Total Priests Serving in Diocese: 139

Seminarians: 30

Permanent Deacons: 88

Religious Sisters: 120

Religious Brothers: 28

Catholic Schools: 26 (Elementary, Junior High and Senior High Schools)

Total Catholic School Students: 6,750 (from Catholic Schools Office)

Total Catholic Students in PRE Programs: 7,516

Hospitals and Health Care Centers: 20

Homes for Aged or Chronically Ill: 31

Special Centers for Social Services and Assistance: 6

Total Marriages in the Catholic Church: 404

Infant and Minor Baptisms: 1,685

Adult Baptism and Adults Received into Full Commuion: 349

First Communions: 1,811

Confirmations: 1,630

Deaths: 812