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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 

Siebold reaches priesthood with lots of help from his friends

By Dwain Hebda, Published: May 19, 2017   

Deacon Martin Siebold will always be a North Little Rock kid at heart, but as he approaches ordination he wants his vocation to benefit the entire diocese. Which is only fair, considering everywhere he’s been in Arkansas people have helped prepare... More 

Aiming to be ‘a priest of the people,’ especially for youth

By Aprille Hanson, Published: May 19, 2017   

When Deacon Ramsés Mendieta was ready to leave his native Nicaragua to join the House of Formation in Little Rock in 2010, a fellow parishioner’s reminder to trust in God, citing Luke 9:62, was and still is impactful: “(To him) Jesus... More 

Pastor, parents put Hart on path to following call

By Malea Hargett, Published: May 19, 2017   

Deacon Stephen Hart grew up in Christ the King Church in Little Rock witnessing a powerful figure celebrate Mass and deliver his homily. Msgr. J. Gaston Hebert, the pastor until 2001, had an influence on Hart’s decision to pursue the priesthood. “I... More