Guardian Angels — Catholics like you — have brought decades of Catholic history in Arkansas to the Internet, free to everyone. Thousands of pages of fragile, irreplaceable newspaper archives from 1911 through 2001 have been digitally preserved and posted online. It's an exciting success story that prepares us to take the next step.
Faith for the future
Connecting with new generations means offering news where they are and through the technology they use. The first year of Guardian Angels contributions also addressed that need by covering the cost of updating the Arkansas Catholic website as well as a print edition redesign. The number of sessions of people reading the website has more than doubled since 2011, and the number of users nearly so. Launching a new digital edition of the newspaper in October 2014 has more than quadrupled the number of subscribers who get their complete newspaper online and have searchable access to archives back to 2002.
But there is still an important group we are not serving as well as we need to. Increasing numbers of young adults are not connecting with the Church like previous generations. Even young people who faithfully attend Mass are getting their news in different ways. They are less interested in reading a printed newspaper, and more interested in digital news, e-mail, social media and websites. They’ll watch video before they’ll read words. Many of them connect exclusively through their phones, and are more comfortable in Spanish than in English.
Because of that challenge, your gift to the Guardian Angels Fund is needed to invest in new technology and other resources to help keep those young adults connected to the Church — and better serve all Catholics in the diocese.
How can I help?
First, please pray for Arkansas Catholic and the success of the Guardian Angels fund. Then, search your heart and your budget to determine how much you can give. Any gift is helpful, of any amount, toward our mission of keeping young adults engaged with the Church.
Every gift counts
The Guardian Angels’ five “circles” of giving recognize donors for their contributions.
Angels: For donors who contribute $25 to $99
Archangels: For donors who give $100 to $499
Cherubim: For donors who give $500 to $999
Seraphim: For donors who give $1,000 to $9,999
Annunciation Circle: Reserved for donors who give $10,000 or more.
Arkansas Catholic will announce the members of giving circles in the newspaper, with our thanks. Click for a list of Guardian Angels who gave during the fall 2015 campaign, through Dec. 11, 2015.
Every donor is also invited to send personal prayer intentions, to be included in a special Advent Mass celebrated by Bishop Anthony B. Taylor. Click for a response form (in PDF format) you can print and mail to us with your donation and prayer intentions.
For more than a hundred years, our diocesan newspaper has recorded history as it happened. The archive pages bear witness to the Catholic faith in Arkansas in a way that no hindsight retelling could match. Hundreds of Guardian Angels supported scanning years of archives into a digital format that will never fade, crumble or be lost to fire or natural disaster. Since 2010, every issue in every bound volume from 1911 through 2001 has been protected from the ravages of time, digitally scanned and processed and posted online, freely available to inspire new Catholic generations.
These years of The Guardian have been "adopted" for preservation through the Guardian Angels fund.
1921: In memory of Lil Buford, remembering the year of her birth.
1945: In memory of Lil Buford, remembering the year of her marriage.
1959: Sponsored by Martha Walsh
1962: Sponsored by Delores Hartman
1964: Sponsored by The Cashman Family
How can I adopt a year?
By "adopting" a year that includes a date important to you, your family or parish, you cover the cost of preserving that special time period. Honor a birth or wedding date, an ordination anniversary or the year your parish or school was founded with a donation to preserve that year. The cost of "adoption" depends on the age, condition and number of pages in the year.
Click for a response form (in PDF format) you can mail to us with your donation and prayer intentions.
For more information
If you have questions or comments about the Guardian Angels campaign, you can click here to contact editor Malea Hargett by e-mail or call (501) 664-0125 during business hours.