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Native of Mexico grateful for new family in Marche

By Dwain Hebda, Published: May 26, 2017   

Asked to say something to check the sound levels of his microphone before Mass, Bishop Anthony B. Taylor grinned. “Rain is a sign of the blessing of the Lord on an event,” he said, referencing the downpour that had marked the entire morning... More 

Bishop ordains North Little Rock man a transitional deacon

By Aprille Hanson, Published: May 25, 2017   

When people would ask Keith Higginbotham a few years ago how he felt about following the road to priesthood, the answer was simple — “I’m pretty sure I’m going to be a priest, but I’m not ready yet.” On May 18, the... More 

Trump to pope during visit: ‘I won't forget what you said’

By Cindy Wooden , Published: May 24, 2017   

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump spent 30 minutes speaking privately in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 24, and as the president left, he told the pope, "I won't forget what you said." The atmosphere... More 

Arkansas Catholic brings you the news you can trust

Published: May 24, 2017   

Here are some of the stories you missed if you didn't read Arkansas Catholic's May 20 issue. Some of the stories and columns in Arkansas Catholic appear only in the print and complete digital editions. To read what you're missing, subscribe... More 

Why parents should care about ‘13 Reasons Why’ series

By Alesia Schaefer, Published: May 23, 2017   

ROGERS — A Netflix online series, “13 Reasons Why,” is now the most-watched series since it premiered in March and it is probably the streaming service’s most controversial series too. The show, based on a 2007 young adult book... More 

Morrilton pastor walks with man to death chamber

By Aprille Hanson, Published: May 22, 2017      

Ledell Lee, Jack Jones, Marcel Williams and Kenneth Williams. To most, the names of the four death row inmates executed in a eight-day span in Arkansas during April were just names in the news cycle, understood most prominently by crimes they committed. For... More 

Stories touch teens learning to have faith-filled life

By Aprille Hanson, Published: May 21, 2017         

When Jackie Francois Angel was growing up in Orange County, Calif., the beautiful depictions of Catholic saints didn’t exactly fit her lifestyle. She was loud and loved goofy accents and animal sounds. Being quiet and hands pointed upward in prayer... More 

Benedictines break ground on new facility

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: May 20, 2017         

FORT SMITH — The Benedictine sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, surrounded by friends, alumnae, oblates and members of the community, broke ground on a smaller monastery May 10. Before lifting their shovels, the sisters added soil from the... More 

Diocesan vocations events for 2017

Published: May 19, 2017   

May 19: Holy hour for Daniel Ramos, 6:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, North Little Rock (Marche) May 20: Diaconate ordination for Daniel Ramos, 10 a.m. , Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, North Little Rock (Marche) May 24: Holy hour... More 

Luke Womack hopes to be instrument of God’s mercy, love

By Aprille Hanson, Published: May 19, 2017   

Deacon Luke Womack admits the path to priesthood was winding. There was shade, rocky ground to travel on and various forks in the road, but he said “every misstep I’m grateful for,” because it’s led him to his priestly ordination... More