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Recent Articles from Arkansas Catholic

One Church can make parish center renovation possible

By Malea Hargett, Published: September 17, 2021         

DANVILLE -- For the past 15 years, the Catholic community in Danville has grown. It started when the first church, St. Andrew, was built and dedicated in 2006. With the 320-seat church full at Sunday Mass and no place for parish events or religious... More 

Arkansas help for Haiti continues through pandemic, coup

By Alesia Schaefer, Published: September 16, 2021   

ROGERS -- Haiti has been staggered by misfortune this summer. On July 7, President Jovenel Moise was assassinated in an attempted coup d'état, producing more turmoil for an already unstable government. As Haitians waited to see how the government... More 

Approach God ready for new directions

By Catherine Upchurch, Published: September 15, 2021   

Every year around this time, social media outlets are flooded with photos of students (and even teachers and professors) posing to mark the first day of a new school year. Most of these pictures show eager faces, even when schooling is at home or a mix... More 

To serve God, open your eyes, ears, hearts to people

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: September 15, 2021   

Closed often feels safer than open, but open is usually where the life is. A closed store is less likely to be robbed because there is no money in the register, but unless you open the store for customers, the business will die. You can avoid wrecking... More 

Funerals during pandemic challenging for Benedictines

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: September 15, 2021   

FORT SMITH — Since the pandemic began, the sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith have been juggling. They want to protect their members from COVID-19, especially their oldest members, including two who are 99 and another who is 101.... More 

Moms and pops unite to pray for Arkansas' priests

By Malea Hargett, Published: September 14, 2021   

The spiritual bond between Evelyn Hart and Angie Elser has only grown stronger over the years. The parishioners at Christ the King Church in Little Rock knew each other through school activities with their children, but their friendship blossomed when... More 

Life interrupted: Afghan refugee’s plan for Arkansas halted

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: September 13, 2021   

Shadab, 18, was ready to leave Afghanistan to travel nearly 7,500 miles to begin his senior year of high school at Subiaco Academy.  He knows six languages -- “it’s my favorite thing to do,” he admitted -- and had high hopes... More 

Pastor: One Church donation a ‘miracle’ for St. Bartholomew

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: September 11, 2021   

St. Bartholomew Church in Little Rock is one step closer to breaking ground on a parish hall thanks to a $118,465 boost from One Church.  The parish, one of just three historically Black Catholic churches in Arkansas, was chosen in the fall 2020... More 

Children need teaching to learn the value of work

Published: September 10, 2021   

Dear Dave, What are your views on teaching children good work habits? Many of our friends don’t require their kids to help out or work around the house, but we both strongly feel that instilling a strong work ethic early in life is one of the best... More 

Isabelle “Izzy” Jones: Standing up

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: September 10, 2021   

For about three weeks, Isabelle “Izzy” Jones helped a 10-year-old Honduran boy brush up on his English while he was staying at the Kino Border Initiative shelter in Nogales, Mexico, before seeking asylum in the United States with his mother.  “It... More