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Discernment retreat Jan. 6-7

A free women’s religious vocation discernment retreat will be held Jan. 6-7 at St. John Center in Little Rock. The retreat is for women 16 to 35 years old who want to learn and discern about religious life. Sponsored by the Office of Youth and Campus Ministry and Minister for Religious, the retreat will include talks on religious life by ... More ...  

St. Scholastica bake sale Dec. 10

St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith will hold its annual bake sale Saturday, Dec. 10, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 11, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the retreat center. On sale will be cookies by the pound, cakes, pies, candies, jellies and jams and handcrafted items. The gift shop will also be open.

Goodbye to Spiritan Hall

Spiritan Hall, the two-story brick building that housed St. Joseph School in Conway for nearly three-quarters of a century, will be coming down soon to make way for a new multipurpose facility. A memory walk was held Nov. 27 for former students to visit before demolition work begins.   The structure got its name from the Spiritan order of missionary priests, ... More ...  

Stewarts celebrate 50th anniversary

Robert and Pat Stewart, members of St. Bernard Church in Bella Vista, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 3. They were married Dec. 3, 1966, at Christ the King Church in Oklahoma City. They have three children, Kimberly Anne Bishop of Beaver Creek, Ohio, Robert D. Stewart III of Oklahoma City and Deborah Kaye Lestina of Bentonville; and four grandchildren.

Advent Lessons and Carols Dec. 4

The Cathedral Choir and the Cathedral Youth Choir will sing the annual service of Advent Lessons and Carols at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 4 at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock. Choral anthems by Sumsion, Manz, Wood and others will be sung as well as congregation hymns. A reception will follow the service.

Donate during Giving Tuesday, Nov. 29

A global day of giving is scheduled for the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Nov. 29. In the Diocese of Little Rock there are several programs to support through online donations. They include Arkansas Catholic’s Guardian Angels, the Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal, the Catholic Schools Scholarship Appeal and seminarian education. Visit to learn more.

Diaconate ordination anniversaries

The 35th anniversary of the diocese’s first diaconate ordination was observed Nov. 7. The class of 21 men served around the state for decades. The men were ordained at the Cathedral of St. Andrew by Bishop Andrew J. McDonald on Nov. 7, 1981. Four men are still living in the diocese. They are Bud Daven of Malvern, Larry Jegley and ... More ...  

Divine Mercy Chaplet in NLR

The Year of Mercy closed at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 at Immaculate Conception in North Little Rock. Pastor Father John Wakube, assisted by Deacons Chuck Farrar and Butch King, opened with the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and Steve and Jill Guilmet led the chaplet in song. The service ended with Benediction.