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Msgr. Sebaugh, technology director for 30 years, dies

Published: September 23, 2016   

Msgr. Thomas Sebaugh, who served as the director of information systems in the Diocese of Little Rock for 30 years, died Sept. 22. He was 87. Born Aug. 3, 1929, Msgr. Sebaugh grew up in Camden, praying the rosary with his family nightly with the intentions... More 

Know contrast between good wealth, bad wealth

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: September 23, 2016   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Sept. 18. I think we’ve all met people who use their money to buy the favor of others. The rich kid who showers gifts on those whose friendship he wants. Parents who spoil their kids for fear of... More 

Father Aaron led retreats, parishes, classrooms

Published: September 23, 2016   

Father Aaron Pirrera, OSB, who spent years as an educator for Subiaco Academy and pastor at St. Benedict Church, died Sept. 18 after declining health from diabetes. He was 72. Born Charles Pirrera on Aug. 7, 1944, in Chicago to Carl and Mary Midiri... More 

Prospective high school buys land, buildings in Fort Smith

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: September 23, 2016   

FORT SMITH — Plans for a Catholic high school in Fort Smith moved forward Sept. 15 when the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority approved the Fort Smith Catholic High School board to buy a small tract of land with six existing buildings in the Chaffee... More 

Pocket prayer protecting police officers, fire fighters

By Aprille Hanson, Published: September 23, 2016   

BENTON — School Resource Officer Bobby Shell with the Benton Police Department made it a point to shake Terri Conrad’s hand as she handed over a basket of St. Michael the Archangel coins to the group of officers eagerly awaiting a chance to... More 

'Islam in the Year of Mercy' allows Catholic-Muslim dialogue

By Aprille Hanson, Published: September 22, 2016   

Catholics gathered Sept. 17 to hear speakers talk about their reverence and love for Jesus, how the Virgin Mary influences the lives of women and how prayer and devotion to God is more than just a religion — it’s a way of life. The speakers... More 

Arkansas Catholic keeps readers connected to their faith

Published: September 21, 2016   

Here are some of the stories you missed if you didn't read Arkansas Catholic's Sept. 17 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 

New Trinity head coach at home with 40 years on the field

By Dwain Hebda, Published: September 20, 2016   

John Vitale has always felt at ease on the sidelines, but it is only this season that he’s come home. “I go to church at Immaculate Conception (in Fort Smith) so I know a lot of people around here,” he said. “I was really excited... More 

UCA professor writes book on history of anti-Catholicism

By Aprille Hanson, Published: September 19, 2016   

CONWAY — While growing up in rural Conway County, Kenneth Barnes watched his older brother John make a drastic decision — he converted to Catholicism in the late 1960s while still in high school, despite their Baptist upbringing. This led... More 

Jonesboro church launches capital campaign for move

By Sarah Morris, Published: September 17, 2016   

JONESBORO — Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church is preparing to build its new home. Church members are currently in the middle of a capital campaign hoped to raise $5.5 million by the end of September. Jeff Puryear, capital campaign chairman, said... More