What's New

All are invited to watch "Taste of Faith: Virtual Edition" live from the House...
Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will ordain five new transitional deacons and two...
Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will ordain five Diocese of Little Rock seminarians...

Calendar of Events

Dec. 19
2020 Installation of Lector, Acolyte and Candidacy for Diocesan Seminarians Mass
Our Lady of Good Counsel Church - Little Rock
Jan. 2, 2021 - Jan. 3, 2021
Come and See Priesthood Discernment Retreat
St. John Catholic Center
May 19, 2021
Diaconate Ordination of Nathan Ashburn
Cathedral of St. Andrew - Little Rock
May 21, 2021
Diaconate Ordination of Jaime Nieto
St. Raphael Church - Springdale
May 26, 2021
Diaconate Ordination of Daniel Wendel
Christ the King Church - Little Rock

Vocations and Seminarians Office

The Office of Vocations and Seminarians aids in the discernment process of those who are interested in a vocation to the priesthood. If you would like to talk with someone about becoming a priest, contact Msgr. Scott Friend. Currently, the diocese has 30 seminarians, who not only come from Arkansas, but from Mexico and Vietnam as well. Most of these seminarians have been living in Arkansas for many years, but some are here in the United States for the first time.



Resources

Seminarian Vocation Stories

In their own words, our seminarians describe how they have experienced God's call to discern priesthood. Read their stories. Or see the Letters from Seminary SeriesFAQ about PriesthoodSteps to Priesthood or the download the 2020-21 Seminarian Poster.

Support Seminarian Education

God is answering our prayers. He is calling men to the priesthood and they are listening. Bishop Anthony B. Taylor has ordained 36 diocesan priests in the past 11 years. This includes eight in 2018 alone. With the increases in cost and seminarians, we need your help to form our future priests. Support seminarian and purchase a nice gift for family and friends by ordering Diocese of Little Rock Socks. Or make an online donation now.

Pray for Vocations and Seminarians

Pray the Diocesan Prayer for Vocations to help more men hear the Lord's call to priesthood. Or join the Mothers of Seminarians Prayer Watch to encourage all mothers and any interested Catholics to pray for the seminarians in the Diocese of Little Rock and their intentions every day.

House of Formation

The House of Formation gives seminarians and discerners a place to live and become acquainted with the four pillars of priestly formation — human, spiritual, pastoral and intellectual — as they seek the will of God for their lives. Discerners are men who have not yet become seminarians but live and study alongside seminarians in the House of Formation.

"One of the reasons we have a shortage of vocations is we have stopped believing that the priesthood is for real. It's worth fighting for. It's worth us sacrificing for ... I am not a dreamer. I am a man of faith." — Msgr. Scott Friend, vocations director

Services and Ministries

  • Assists parishes in establishing summer evangelization teams, parish vocation committees and guiding existing committees
  • Provides vocations materials and displays for promoting vocations at a parish or school
  • Offers discernment retreats for those interested in learning more about vowed living as a priest
  • Director available for talks at parishes, schools and Catholic groups meetings
  • Directors are available for talks and presentations to parishes, schools and Catholic groups

What's New

All are invited to watch "Taste of Faith: Virtual Edition" live from the House...
Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will ordain five new transitional deacons and two...
Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will ordain five Diocese of Little Rock seminarians...

Calendar of Events

Dec. 19
2020 Installation of Lector, Acolyte and Candidacy for Diocesan Seminarians Mass
Our Lady of Good Counsel Church - Little Rock
Jan. 2, 2021 - Jan. 3, 2021
Come and See Priesthood Discernment Retreat
St. John Catholic Center
May 19, 2021
Diaconate Ordination of Nathan Ashburn
Cathedral of St. Andrew - Little Rock
May 21, 2021
Diaconate Ordination of Jaime Nieto
St. Raphael Church - Springdale
May 26, 2021
Diaconate Ordination of Daniel Wendel
Christ the King Church - Little Rock