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Ordinations ‘golden opportunity’ for diocese to celebrate

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: May 13, 2021   

This recorded message was played at weekend Masses May 8-9. I have two pieces of good news to share with you today. First, it looks like we have made enough progress against COVID-19 to allow us to now make mask-wearing optional during Mass in our... More 

Children are worth more than any amount of money

Published: May 13, 2021   

Dear Dave, My husband and I are both 29, and we have good jobs that allow us to bring home $100,000 a year combined. Recently, we began talking about starting a family. We live on a budget, but we still have about $15,000 in credit card debt and student... More 

One Arkansas priest stuck in India during COVID outbreak

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: May 13, 2021      

Father Aby Abraham, IMS, associate pastor of the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock, video-chats daily with his siblings, including his sister Laisa Biju, a married mother of three who works as a nurse in New Delhi.  While Father Abraham suspects... More 

Arena will accommodate thousands for ordination

Published: May 12, 2021   

The Diocese of Little Rock will host the ordination of five new priests at Barton Coliseum in Little Rock to allow for more family members and parishioners to attend while offering spacing between family groups. It is the first time the diocese will... More 

Arkansas Catholic provides trustworthy reporting you need

Published: May 12, 2021   

Here are some of the stories you missed if you didn't read Arkansas Catholic's May 8 issue. Some of the stories and columns in Arkansas Catholic appear only in the print and free digital editions. To read what you're missing, subscribe today.   In... More 

CHS freshman doesn’t let near-blindness slow him down

By Dwain Hebda, Published: May 11, 2021   

To the naked eye, there’s not much that distinguishes Cole Carper from the rest of his freshman peers at Catholic High School in Little Rock. The well-spoken 15-year-old weathers the hectic pace and academic rigor of high school while looking for... More 

Priest devoted to his mother dies on Mother’s Day

Published: May 10, 2021   

Father Robert Dienert, a diocesan priest for 58 years known for his devotion to his late mother, died on Mother’s Day, May 9. He was 90. Father Dienert was born in Pittsburgh Aug. 30, 1930. While growing up in Detroit, he felt called to serve... More 

Masks optional but encouraged during Mass, parish events

Published: May 10, 2021   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor announced May 9 changes in COVID-19 precautions beginning with weekend Masses May 15-16. In a separate letter to priests, Bishop Taylor said distancing of family groups during Mass and changes made in churches and on parish... More 

Menagerie in Bible can teach deeper lessons, author says

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: May 10, 2021      

From a donkey weeping tears at the death of St. Francis of Assisi, to birds praying the Liturgy of the Hours in “The Voyage of Saint Brendan,” to biblical stories depicting horses as a sign of strength, God uses creation to speak to each of... More 

‘Amen’ says we want to follow God’s will

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: May 7, 2021   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor delivered this homily Holy Thursday, April 1. My favorite response after mentioning things we plan to do is "God willing!" If you say "See you tomorrow!" I'll say "God willing!" I wasn't... More