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Jubilee! A series in celebration

Click on a headline below to read about priests profiled in Arkansas Catholic during their priesthood jubilee year.

 

Father Do fled Vietnam, but created ministry in Arkansas

By Aprille Hanson, Published: August 15, 2016   

Father Nho Duy “Dominic” Do has always been a man in motion. Whether it was leaving his home in Vietnam as a child to pursue religious life or driving throughout Arkansas ministering to the various Vietnamese communities, Father Do made his service to God a traveling ministry. April 29 marked his 50th jubilee as a priest, a path he was set on after being an altar server and being dedicated to Catholicism. His pastor suggested he More... 

Paragould priest recalls 25 years of happy, tough times

By Sarah Morris, Published: July 26, 2016   

PARAGOULD — Amid the Second Sudanese Civil War, Father Stephen Mallanga, AJ, was sent to Sudan for one year to teach boys preparing for the priesthood. “It was terrible,” Father Mallanga of Uganda said. “That was in 1986. … But I did not finish the full year in the Sudan. There was a lot of civil war going on. There was so many rebels fighting the government and our seminary was practically surrounded by rebels. The More... 

Bringing joy to others makes Father Okeiyi happy

By Sarah Morris, Published: July 14, 2016   

POCAHONTAS — It was in fifth grade that Father Athanasius Okeiyi realized he enjoyed taking an active role in his parish. It continues to be a passion today. Father Okeiyi, who cele­brated his 25th year as a priest July 13, is pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Church in Pocahontas, St. John the Baptist Church in Engelberg and St. Joseph Church in Corning. “I grew up from a Catholic background and my father made sure all of More... 

Father Okeke traveled across world to share joy

By Aprille Hanson, Published: July 8, 2016   

Every day, Father Chris Okeke is opening the doors of St. Peter the Fisherman Church in Mountain Home at 4:45 a.m. It was not a task assigned to him; it’s a part of his daily routine of giving thanks to God — prayer in the church, work in the office, Mass, visiting those in need and more prayer. Prayer is what has sustained him these past 25 years of priesthood. “I am very grateful to God because More... 

Msgr. Lawrence Frederick took leap of faith 50 years ago

By Aprille Hanson, Published: June 23, 2016   

Msgr. Lawrence Avon Frederick took a leap of faith 50 years ago, leaving a job as an aeronautical engineer to join the seminary, “just to see,” if God was truly calling him. On his jubilee year, he took another leap — off a 14-story building. In April, Msgr. Frederick, 79, known to most as “Father Fred,” rapelled down the First Security building in downtown Little Rock to raise money for Catholic High School for Boys, where More... 

Msgr. James Mancini drives out demons through prayer

By Aprille Hanson, Published: June 20, 2016   

A young Jimmy Mancini played the part of a priest long before his ordination. With a dishcloth for a chasuble, a piece of bread sliced into a circle and his little sister altar serving for him, he held the host as high as he could for just a boy of about 11. He genuflected and enjoyed the “consecrated” homemade wine his mother let him drink. “Of course Mama would have to let me have wine to More... 

Father Mischkowiuski worked with Blessed Teresa

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: October 12, 2015   

BARLING — Two saints personally influenced the life of Father Henry Mischkowiuski. He had just finished high school and getting ready to attend college when he first met Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. “Five of us — Theresa, Agnes, Frances Xavier, another young student and I — agreed to work with her when she was just starting,” he said. “It was quite an uplifting experience to do this charity work. Her love and compassion for others came from More... 

Father Barnabas has place to call home in Arkansas

By Alesia Schaefer, Published: August 10, 2015   

BELLA VISTA — In a city nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, known for its retirement community, lives a man far from retiring. Father Barnabas Maria Susai, a member of the Indian Mission Society religious order, serves in Bella Vista, a scenic city surrounded by seven lakes and seven golf courses. Yet, the irony of the situation is not lost on his parishioners. Father Barnabas, as he is known, spends his time, not in recreation, More... 

Father Donnelly spent decades at academy, parishes

By Aprille Hanson, Published: July 20, 2015   

God never promised a smooth path for the religious, so Subiaco Abbey’s Father Timothy Donnelly, OSB, can easily name a few things that are hard about being a priest — not being able to have a family with children, forgiveness for those who hurt you or someone you love (“that is common to all Christians” he admits) and then, of course, his first tough task of learning Latin. “My Latin I and Algebra I teacher was More... 

Msgr. Oswald takes lighter workload after 50 years

By Aprille Hanson, Published: July 14, 2015   

In 1964, the British rock band The Kinks, a favorite of Msgr. Richard Oswald, released one of their hit songs, “You Really Got Me.” Just a year later, a young Richard could easily alter the lyrics of the song and it would sum up his call to the priesthood — “God, you really got me.” “It all has to go back to God. God used me in my priesthood, but I very much enjoyed being a More... 

Former abbot reflects on 50 years of priesthood

By Aprille Hanson, Published: July 1, 2015   

Father Jerome Kodell celebrated his 50th jubilee as a Benedictine priest in May and can look back with happiness at his 25-year run as abbot of Subiaco Abbey. To think, he could have been an ice salesman. “I remember as I kid I wanted to be an ice salesman. You know that sold the blocks of ice (for refrigeration years ago). That was one of my ambitions, so I didn’t have serious ones,” he laughed. Thankfully he found More... 

Father Silvio D’Ostilio: 60 years only the beginning

By Dwain Hebda, Published: June 26, 2014   

CENTER RIDGE — Father Silvio D’Ostilio, CSSp, stands in the aisle of St. Joseph Church in Center Ridge and takes a deep breath. “I always wanted a small country church,” the pastor said. “I never thought I’d get one.” Three years after arriving at St. Joseph, it’s hard to picture Father D’Ostilio anywhere but here. Everything from the tomato and pepper plants sprouting behind the church to the pews lined with descendants of the area’s Italian settlers More... 

Mystery donation kept Hope pastor on priestly path

By Dwain Hebda, Published: June 23, 2014   

Every Lent, every Good Friday, every re-telling of the path to Calvary, Catholics pause and reflect on Jesus’ three falls. Believers are perhaps affected more by the way he got up and marched on, inextricably, toward his destiny. Father Alphonse Gollapalli had his own three stumbles on the path to the priesthood. Not exactly a failing of faith, but every bit as serious a threat to a ministry before it even began. “I came from a very More... 

Msgr. John O’Donnell marks 60-year priestly milestone

By Dwain Hebda, Published: June 5, 2014   

Msgr. John O’Donnell — who observed the 60th anniversary of his ordination May 27 — has lived enough Catholic, diocesan and secular history to make a movie. But, as the 86-year-old himself said, “Who’d believe it?” An athletic youth from rural Pennsylvania born to Irish immigrants, Msgr. O’Donnell dreamed of adventure early, but world events didn’t cooperate as World War II ended before he could get out of high school. The priesthood, especially in Arkansas, seemed More... 

Father Josely Kalathil caps a year of celebrations

by Dwain Hebda, Published: November 19, 2013   

SCRANTON — There are far more pastures than parishioners in the three northwestern Arkansas parishes entrusted to Father Josely Kalathil, IMS. Yet for all of the serenity and relative quiet of these places, Father Kalathil’s territory in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains has enjoyed more than its share of celebrations lately. In May, St. Ignatius Church in Scranton observed its 100th anniversary and St. Meinrad Church in Prairie View — blessed three days later in More... 

Party boy-turned-padre, Father Thessing marks 25 years

By Dwain Hebda, Published: July 23, 2013   

WEST MEMPHIS — On a spring day in 1988, a restless seminarian fidgeted before his ordination Mass. Moved by the moment, he approached the bishop — soon to lay his hands on him to continue the line of St. Peter — to speak what was in his heart on that solemn day. “I asked Bishop (Andrew J.) McDonald if he hit me with his crosier, would I get a ‘staff’ infection,” giggled Father Charles Thessing, who More... 

Father Oliver Ochieze's priesthood is full of surprises

By Dwain Hebda, Published: July 7, 2013   

FAIRFIELD BAY — Father Oliver Ochieze’s vocation has been a study in obedience. Time and again over the past 25 years, God put turns in his path, each of which was accepted if not fully understood or anticipated. From his office at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Fairfield Bay, a gorgeous community of lakes and mountain vistas in north central Arkansas, Father Ochieze still shakes his head over how differently his vocation unfolded compared to More... 

Faith journey held many turns for Father Alan Rosenau

By Dwain Hebda, Published: June 21, 2013   

If faith is a journey, then Father Alan Rosenau, associate pastor of St. John the Baptist Church in Hot Springs. is a certified globetrotter guided by a fascination with religion and the idea God was never far away. “The first word that comes to mind is gratitude,” he said of the past 25 years as a Catholic priest. “Especially since I guess you could say I did it all backwards.” It started around age 10 when, growing More... 

Each day miraculous to grandson of Baptist preacher

By Dwain Hebda, Published: June 13, 2013   

The office wall at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Little Rock holds a line of framed personal memorabilia tracing the life of Father L. Warren Harvey. It spans his journey from the pastures of youth through 25 years behind the altar. “I look at these, from there to there,” he says, sweeping his arm from the opening photo — him at about 12 months — to something more recent to his 59 years. “I More... 

Oppression couldn't trump Father Swiderski’s vocation

By Dwain Hebda, Published: June 11, 2013   

Many priests tell of surrendering to the call of Christ, of accepting the life of vocations with meekness. Not many describe the priesthood as an act of defiance. But then, not many have walked the path of Father Stanislas Swiderski, 73. Coming of age in the ruins of post-World War II Poland, Father Swiderski was surrounded daily by reminders of the price of being overtly Catholic. “I suppose my becoming a priest was in some ways a More... 

Jubilarian: Listening, laughing key to long vocation

By Dwain Hebda, Published: May 6, 2013   

If you don’t get through to Father Richard Davis on the first try, treat yourself to listening to the answering machine message. After running through the Mass schedule, Father Davis’ smooth voice wisecracks, “If you don’t mind talking to this blasted machine, please leave a message.” Father Davis has a thing about answering machines. And Twitter, for that matter, and text messaging and e-mail and anything else that dilutes the human connection upon which rests his More... 

'Vocation puts order into a jumble of circumstance'

By Dwain Hebda, Published: August 25, 2012   

"We're your angels." Though perhaps not to the degree some people may envision, monastic life is by design spartan in its trappings. As one visit to Marylake Monastery a short drive outside of Little Rock attests, everything from the modest furnishings to the spare décor speaks more of what it lacks than what it has assembled, casting off that which impedes the eye and ear from seeing and hearing God's presence. Father John Magdalene Suenram, More... 

Coming to Arkansas was part of God's plan for Father Preske

By Phyllis Hemann, Published: August 18, 2012   

Father Venantius "Vincent" Preske came to Arkansas to work in a Glenmary mission in 1963, but he later realized it was part of God's plan for him to be a priest in the Diocese of Little Rock. "I wanted to do mission work, which is why I was with Glenmary for 23 years. Yet, at a certain time, God clearly pointed out what he wanted from me -- to be a diocesan priest. I won't go More... 

Oldest diocesan priest still a fixture at Springdale parish

By Patricia May, Published: July 14, 2012   

SPRINGDALE -- Father Milton Lange has no complaints. "God has been good to me. I can't complain. God has been very good to me," he said. "I just wish other people would have as good a life as I've had." Other people should be so blessed. Father Lange recently celebrated an occasion few priests are lucky enough to observe: the 60th anniversary of his ordination. Officially retired since 1996, the priest remains a familiar presence in More... 

Holy Spirit led Father Wood to Catholic Church, priesthood

By Phyllis Hemann, Published: June 30, 2012   

Father Mark Wood never considered being a Baptist preacher, but after his conversion to Catholicism as a teenager, he heard the call to the priesthood. "This thought came to my mind during Mass to be a priest. I believe God intervened in my life and made me a Catholic to make me a priest. I don't think he made me a Catholic just to stop there. I think it was because I was supposed to be More... 

Father Dienert's priesthood journey led him to Arkansas

By Phyllis Hemann, Published: June 23, 2012   

In 1956, Father Robert Dienert came to Arkansas and St. John Home Mission Seminary in Little Rock to follow his calling to the priesthood, even though he knew little about the state. He grew up in Pittsburgh after his birth on Aug. 30, 1930, and later moved to Detroit. He first felt his calling in fourth grade when his class was studying the Bible and the story of God calling Samuel in the night (1 Samuel 3:1-10). "I More... 

Long life of service begins at and leads to Marylake for jubilarian

By Dwain Hebda, Published: June 16, 2012   

On a still morning at Marylake Monastery a short drive southeast of Little Rock, superior Father Sam Anthony Morello, OCD, leads the visitor into the foyer and taps the glass on a black and white photo. A silver engraved plaque dates the picture July 25, 1952. "He's gone, he's gone, he's long gone," said Father Morello, ticking through the distinguished friars and grinning Knights of Columbus in the photo, all robed in their finest underneath what More... 

Father Peter Sharum served as pastor, teacher for 58 years

Published: June 9, 2012   

SUBIACO -- Father Peter Sharum, OSB, marked his 60th year as a Benedictine priest June 4 at Subiaco Abbey. Father Sharum, 85, was born in Fort Smith the ninth child of 10 children and was christened Paul William. He attended St. Boniface School and St. Anne Academy and came to Subiaco Academy for his senior year, graduating with the class of 1945. He entered Subiaco Abbey, professing his vows as a monk on Sept. 16, 1947, receiving More... 

His parents' example and sister's death were pastor's inspirations

By Aprille Hanson, Published: May 19, 2012   

In the 1980s, becoming a priest seemed almost impossible for Father John Marconi because it meant speaking in public. "I had a lot of fears about getting up in front of people. I was known as a fainter ... I was even known to faint in the barber's chair," Father Marconi said, adding the sight of blood or someone in pain could also make him "pass out." While attending Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, Texas, More... 

Father Bill Elser's childhood dream was to become a priest

By Phyllis Hemann, Published: September 24, 2011   

Father William "Bill" Elser heard God's call to the priesthood in elementary school, and looking back at 25 years as a priest, he's glad he listened. The idea of becoming a priest entered his head early, he said. Since the first grade, he thought being a priest might be for him. "I gave thought to it in my elementary years due to the influences around me. I was serving Mass since first grade. My family was an More... 

Father John Oswald found joy in teaching mathematics

By Phyllis Hemann, Published: September 17, 2011   

Father John Oswald began his life as a priest at St. John Center in Little Rock, living and studying at St. John Home Missions Seminary, and it is where he returned after a stroke around 1996. "It's very different than when I lived here before. I lived in the old prep side in the seminary. I live in the chapel now," he said laughing. "Well, I live where the chapel was back then. I like it." More... 

Father David Bellinghausen finds harmony as monk, priest

By Phyllis Hemann, Published: August 27, 2011   

The call from God was one Father David Bellinghausen, OSB, could not ignore, joining the Benedictine order at Subiaco Abbey after his first year of college. Father Bellinghausen celebrated 25 years as a priest during the annual monastic retreat at Subiaco Abbey June 6-10, and 50 years as a monk. "I love the solitude of monastic life, but I also enjoy being with people," he said. "I have enjoyed exercising the priestly office within my monastic vocation." He More... 

On 25th anniversary, Father West returning to Hot Springs

By John J. Archibald, Published: July 30, 2011   

HOT SPRINGS -- This year that marks the silver anniversary of the ordination of Father James West now will have a gold tone to it. In August, Father West will return to service under the gold-topped domes of the Church of St. John the Baptist in Hot Springs to serve as its pastor once more. "(He is) affable, caring, holy," said Isabelle Peregrin of Hot Springs, a longtime member of the parish and the community. "I'm More... 

Paris pastor known for art in metal

Published: July 23, 2011   

SUBIACO -- Father Eugene Luke, OSB, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Paris, celebrated his golden jubilee of ordination to the priesthood during the annual monastic retreat at Subiaco Abbey in early June. He was born Oct. 6, 1936, in Muenster, Texas, and attended Sacred Heart School in his hometown followed by two years at Muenster High School. He came to Subiaco Academy for his final two years of high school, graduating with the class More... 

Retiree from Kansas makes an impression on Hot Springs Village

By John J. Archibald , Published: June 25, 2011   

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE -- Father Vic Bieberle may go down on the books as having the longest-celebrated 60th anniversary of ordination in recent memory. There have been Masses, thank you dinners, personal wishes and a June 21 Mass and dinner hosted by Bishop Anthony B. Taylor. But this anniversary comes with a tinge of sadness. The man who served as a de facto assistant pastor at Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Hot Springs Village wants More... 

Father Pallo retiring, making move to California near family

By Phyllis Hemann, Published: May 28, 2011   

Father Joseph L. Pallo, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church in Blytheville and St. Matthew Church in Osceola, overcame all the obstacles in his path to becoming a priest. This year, he is celebrating two milestones in his priesthood at once -- his 50th anniversary as a priest and his retirement at age 80. "I'm grateful that the Holy Sprit has guided me through this fruitful ministry. I have had rich experiences in my priesthood, but I'm almost More... 

Msgr. Hebert marks 50th anniversary, plans move to N.M.

By Malea Hargett, Published: November 27, 2010   

For the past nine years Msgr. J. Gaston Hebert has been retired, but one wouldn't know it from looking at his recent accomplishments. When he left Christ the King Church in Little Rock in 2001, he continued to serve the state like few priests have done. He has served on several diocesan clergy committees and was the vicar general until 2006. He served as the administrator of St. Mary Church in Hot Springs for six More... 

Father Murrin heard the call of God from early in childhood

By Phyllis Hemann, Published: November 13, 2010   

Father Donald Murrin, SVD, pastor of St. Peter Church and St. Raphael Church in Pine Bluff, never wavered in the childhood choice to become a priest. "I always wanted to be a priest. I remember raising my hand in the first grade when our pastor asked who wanted to be a priest or sister -- that's when I first remember the call," Father Murrin said. "I was at church all the time. It was only a More... 

God always found a way for Father Frank Lowe to serve

By Phyllis Hemann, Published: November 6, 2010   

Father Frank Lowe seemed destined to be a priest and Air Force chaplain -- after 25 years as a priest, he certainly is following God's lead. "I was always interested in the priesthood as a child. I was an altar server and attended Catholic grade school," he said. "The influence was always there." After high school he worked for three years before going on a vocation retreat in San Diego, Calif. "This college seminary's focus was on discernment. More... 

Former Subiaco teacher, headmaster marks 25 years as priest

By Serenah McKay, Published: October 23, 2010   

Father Aaron Pirrera, OSB, has spent most of his life following a call to teach and to preach. The 66-year-old, who is currently pastor of St. Benedict Church in Subiaco and a former headmaster at Subiaco Academy, celebrated the 25th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood in August. Born in Chicago and raised in Springfield, Ill., Father Pirrera knew from childhood that he wanted to be a priest. In high school, he said, he wanted More... 

Msgr. Sebaugh's parents prayed for a priest in the family

By Malea Hargett, Published: August 15, 2009   

Msgr. Thomas Sebaugh has had a big year. In May he celebrated his 50th anniversary as a priest. On Aug. 3 he turned 80 years old. Next year he will observe his 25th anniversary working at St. John Center in Little Rock as the director of information systems. He comes to work at the same building where he started taking classes as a high school student at St. John High School Seminary. While most 80-year-olds would More... 

Priest served as teacher, pastor, chaplain before retirement in 2007

Published: August 8, 2009   

SUBIACO -- Father Placidus Eckart, OSB, was born in Subiaco, attended Subiaco Academy and joined the abbey in 1943. This year he marks his 60th anniversary as a Benedictine priest. He was born to Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Eckart on March 3, 1925. Christened Anton, he attended the local Catholic grade school and attended Subiaco Academy, graduating with the class of 1943. He entered the novitiate in the fall of 1943 and professed his vows on More... 

'Every parish has become my family,' Msgr. Kordsmeier says

By Armando Rios, Published: July 25, 2009   

Msgr. John Kordsmeier still loves celebrating daily Mass today, after 60 years as a priest. He recalls going to Mass often at Sacred Heart Church in Morrilton with his mother and serving at Mass. "I was in grade school (Sacred Heart), we served an awful lot because we lived in what we called town, about a mile and a half from the church," Msgr. Kordsmeier said recently. "But I always wanted to say Mass." He said his More... 

Father Hilary Filiatreau still serves at age 87

Published: July 18, 2009   

ALTUS -- Father Hilary Filiatreau, OSB, has been the pastor of St. Mary Church in Altus for nearly 20 years. At age 87, he is still serving the Subiaco Abbey area and marking his 60th anniversary as a priest. He was born April 21, 1922, to Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Filiatreau in Mechanicsburg, Ind. He was named James Edward. He attended first to 10th grades at St. Joseph School in Elwood, Ind. His junior and senior More... 

Father Hart got confirmation all along: He could be a priest

By Patricia May, Published: June 27, 2009   

HARRISON -- For Father Gregory Hart, it was more a matter of when he would enter the seminary than a question of if he would. He remembers first thinking about being a priest at the age of 5 or 6. As an elementary student at St. Theresa School in Little Rock, he was always asked to bless the football before the game commenced. His Grandmother Hart once told him she'd heard from an angel that he More... 

From railroad to rural life, Father Burnie reflects on priesthood

By Jodie Hightower, Published: June 20, 2009   

ST. VINCENT -- Nestled in the sleepy town of St. Vincent, nine miles north of I-40 on Highway 95 is the bustling parish of St. Mary Church. It is here that Father James "Jim" Burnie, CSSp, cares for the families of the parish. Recently Father Burnie celebrated his 25th anniversary as a priest. "I can remember always thinking about the priesthood," Father Burnie said. However, it was not until age 53 that he was finally ordained as a More... 

Carmelite spends 50 years in parishes, teaching spirituality

By Leslie O'Malley, Published: June 13, 2009   

In 1953 Father Raphael Kitz, OCD, came to Marylake Monastery and became a novice in the Order of Discalced Carmelites. More than 55 years later, Father Kitz instructs novices at Marylake, and he celebrates his 50th year as a Carmelite priest. Just south of Little Rock, Marylake Monastery serves as the novitiate house for the order's local province. As the novice master since 1993, Father Kitz has instructed at least 30 novices in "the lifestyle More... 

Nearing 85th birthday, Bishop McDonald grateful for priesthood

By Tara Little, Published: September 6, 2008   

Six years have passed since Bishop Emeritus Andrew J. McDonald moved to the Chicago area to serve as chaplain at a home for the elderly poor. Though it was difficult to leave Arkansas, he said he loves his work now. There is none of the administrative, personnel or travel demands that come with being an active bishop. He is free to focus on celebrating the sacraments and bringing the presence of Christ to the people, which More... 

Father Keller says 1989 conversion led him back to traditions

By Tara Little, Published: August 16, 2008   

ENGLAND -- In 50 years of priesthood Father Thomas Keller has been a pastor, military chaplain, prison minister and coordinator of devotions to Mary and Jesus. He started the first perpetual adoration chapel in Arkansas, and through his pro-life work, witnessed the closing of an abortion clinic in Little Rock. Yet, the most significant event of his priesthood was the Second Vatican Council and the changing of the Church's liturgy from Latin to English. Father Keller recalled More... 

Father Hugh well-known by Subiaco students for 50 years

Published: August 9, 2008   

SUBIACO -- Father Hugh Assenmacher, OSB, has been associated with Subiaco Academy since he entered the minor seminary more than 60 years ago. After marking 55 years as a monk, of which 50 years has been as a Benedictine priest, as well as a teacher, chaplain, choir director and organist, he continues to be available to the students. Father Hugh was born Gerald Anthony Assenmacher in Billings, Mo., Feb. 16, 1933. He received his primary education More... 

Priest moved from Nashville to Subiaco

Published: July 19, 2008   

SUBIACO -- Father Brendan Miller, OSB, was driving across the state of Arkansas on his way to visit a community of monks in another state. As he reached the horizon atop a steep hill in Logan County, he was overwhelmed at the natural beauty that lay before him: a spectacular rainbow glistened above Subiaco Abbey. From that moment on Father Brendan knew the answer to his spiritual quest. "Some day, God willing, I'll be a member More... 

Spiritan priest gives back after missionaries evangelized him

By Jodie Hightower, Published: July 5, 2008   

CONWAY -- Father Gregory Mallya, CSSp, celebrated his 25th anniversary as a priest with Mass and a reception on June 8. Ordained in 1983, Father Mallya has spent his priesthood as a missionary serving in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and the United States. Father Mallya, a native of Tanzania, was introduced to the priesthood by the Spiritan fathers who served his home parish. "The Holy Ghost priests first came to my country in 1865 as missionaries," Father More... 

Celebrating Mass for 50 years a highlight for Father Rossi

By Sheila Harrison, Published: June 21, 2008   

CENTER RIDGE -- More than 200 family members, friends and former parishioners gathered at St. Joseph Church in Center Ridge Sunday, June 1 to celebrate the life and dedication of Father Raymond Rossi, a priest for the Diocese of Little Rock for 50 years. Concelebrating with Father Rossi were Father T. J. Hart, his cousin from Hot Springs, and Father John Yates, CSSp, pastor of St. Joseph Church. The homilist was former diocesan administrator Msgr. J. More... 

Priest a founding member of African ministry

Published: September 9, 2006   

SUBIACO -- Born June 10, 1931, in Tyler, Texas, Raymond Cooney was educated in his hometown from grades one through his freshman year of college. As a youngster, he became acquainted with the Arkansas Benedictine monks when he attended Camp Subiaco, an annual summer camp for boys held at the abbey. In 1949, he enrolled in Subiaco Academy for prerequisite classes before his entry into the monastery where he professed his vows as a monk on More... 

Monk influenced by Franciscans, Benedictines

Published: September 2, 2006   

SUBIACO -- "Two religious who greatly influenced my vocation," Father Victor Gillespie said, "were Brother Cyprian Hill, CFP, of Morris School and Father Christopher Paladino, OSB, of Subiaco Academy." Born March 5, 1928, in Atkins, Anthony Gillespie received his secondary education at Morris School and graduated from Subiaco Academy in 1945. He joined the United States Air Force in 1946 and was stationed in Japan as a photo lab technician. Returning to Subiaco in 1950, he professed More... 

Scranton pastor: Vocation 'grew gradually'

Published: August 12, 2006   

SUBIACO -- Benedictine Father Denis Soerries has maintained a connection to his hometown of Hartman and the closed parish, Sacred Heart, where he was baptized, attended school and celebrated his first Mass in 1956. The fourth oldest of 11 children, Clarence Soerries was born on Feb. 18, 1931. It was to his hometown that Father Soerries returned along with family members, relatives and friends on Sunday, May 7 for a celebration of his golden jubilee. As a More... 

After 60 years as a priest, Father Enderlin finally slows down

By Tara Little, Published: July 22, 2006   

Until two years ago, Father Joseph Enderlin, 83, was so busy helping to build the Catholic Church in Arkansas he didn't stop long enough to realize he was tired. It finally hit him when he retired in 2004. And then, he said, "It took me at least a year to get over being tired." He may not serve in a parish anymore, but his devotion to the priesthood is as strong as ever. In June he celebrated his More... 

Msgr. Marczuk: 25 years, 493 baptisms and 11,396 Masses

By Tara Little, Published: July 15, 2006   

Msgr. Scott Marczuk smiled as he recalled drawing himself wearing a Roman collar and holding a Bible. He knew in the first grade he wanted to be a priest and entered the seminary right out of high school. He said he felt blessed that he never had to wrestle with his decision, he just "always knew." Now 51, the rector of the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock is celebrating 25 years of priesthood and More... 

Bentonville pastor says job is to empower staff, parishioners

By Marilyn Lanford, Published: June 17, 2006   

BENTONVILLE -- All of his life Father Michael Sinkler and his family have been connected to the Church. As a youngster growing up in St Louis, Father Sinkler, his parents and three sisters were parishioners at the church his grandfather, Frank Konersman, built. "When I was in grade school and the sisters (Precious Blood) wanted anything done, they naturally said, 'Frank's grandson will do it.'" Father Sinkler, pastor at St Stephen Church, is celebrating his 25th ordination anniversary More... 

He planned to become a professor, but God had other plans

By Patricia May, Published: June 10, 2006   

SILOAM SPRINGS -- When Father Clayton Gould was assigned to St. Mary Parish in Siloam Springs two years ago, he had a sense of déjà vu. He'd been to Siloam Springs before -- he'd even been to the church long before he entered the seminary. As Father Gould relates the story, it was some 35 years ago now, when his family made the trek from southern Arkansas -- he was born in Lake Village and grew up More...