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Here are some of the stories you missed if you didn't read Arkansas Catholic's Jan. 14 issue.

A role model

Sophie Rudder, a St. John alumna in Hot Springs, chose to dedicate her Hot Springs Debutant Coterie to Angela Isaacs, principal of St. John School in Hot Springs, who was her elementary teacher. (Photo)

Sister Damian a widow, mother, pastoral care worker

Sister Damian Marie Atkinson, OSB, a convert who spent 33 years in religious life at Holy Angels Convent in Jonesboro, died Dec. 25. She was 85. (Obituaries)

2016 by the numbers in the Diocese of Little Rock

This information on Catholic population and sacraments in the Diocese of Little Rock was collected for the 2017 Official Catholic Directory.

The faithful should focus on the Second Coming rather than ‘Rapture’

In 1995, Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins wrote “Left Behind: A Novel of the Earth’s Last Days,” launching what would become a series of 16 best-selling novels and four movies. (Understanding our Church, Seeds of Faith)

What will you do this year to grow in your faith?

“There are a lot of ways to grow my faith. Some are really simple, like sacrifices, and some might be hard but can be good for a reason. I will support someone who I care about and I will have concern for ...” (Youthspeak, Seeds of Faith)

The unalienable pursuit of happiness in the new year

Don Currey was a 30-year-old graduate student when he cut down the world’s oldest tree. (Columns)

Refugees, immigrants give strength, diversity

This week the Church is marking National Migration Week. For nearly 50 years we have dedicated a week in January to celebrating the contributions of immigrants and refugees in our country. (Editorial)