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Spirit is moving: Look at vocations in past two decades

By Katie Zakrzewski, Published: May 17, 2024      

In 2025, Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will ordain his 50th diocesan priest. But things have changed a lot in vocations and the priesthood since 2008 when Bishop Taylor became bishop. Three diocesan priests shared the data with Arkansas Catholic, as well as... More 

‘Indescribable peace’: God called Eveld to priesthood

By Katie Zakrzewski, Published: May 16, 2024   

With his ordination into the priesthood days away, there is no shortage of things on Deacon Cody Eveld’s mind.  But lately, he said, he’s been thinking a lot about his childhood.  “I’ve been thinking about growing... More 

Vatican: 2025 Jubilee indulgence includes pilgrimage

By Cindy Wooden , Published: May 15, 2024   

Pilgrims passing through the Holy Door of St. Peter's Basilica during the Holy Year 2025, going to confession, receiving Communion and praying for the intentions of the pope can receive an indulgence, but so can inmates in prison and those who work... More 

Bishop Taylor issues more pastoral appointments

By Arkansas Catholic Staff, Published: May 15, 2024   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor announced the following pastoral appointments: Effective June 17 Rev. Balaraju Akkala, appointed administrator of St. Joseph Church in Tontitown and Blessed Stanley Rother Church in Decatur. He is relieved of his responsibilities... More 

Friend ready to take action after Vatican meeting

By Malea Hargett, Published: May 15, 2024   

Before meeting 200 priests from around the world, Father Joseph Friend had to decide what cultural item he should bring to the Vatican. While some pastors brought tequila or candy, Father Friend knew what best represented Arkansas: a Razorback Hoghead.... More 

Carmelites withdraw restraining order against bishop

By Maria Wiering , Published: May 13, 2024   

A small community of discalced Carmelite nuns in Arlington, Texas, has reportedly withdrawn a request for a temporary restraining order against Bishop Michael F. Olson of Fort Worth and a national Carmelite association. The nuns filed the request April... More 

Diocesan staff analyze ‘Dignitas Infinita’ declaration

By Katie Zakrzewski, Published: May 10, 2024   

The Church surprised many Catholics with an April 8 declaration on human dignity. While the declaration, released by the Vatican's Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith and approved by Pope Francis, weighs the impact of many important contemporary... More 

St. Bernard expands clinic to help more moms

By Katie Zakrzewski, Published: May 9, 2024   

St. Bernards Healthcare announced April 12 new funds would allow them to expand pregnancy care for moms and babies in need.  Founded and sponsored by the Olivetan Benedictine Sisters at Holy Angels Convent in Jonesboro, St. Bernards have provided... More 

Paragould couple retires after 40 years in ministry

By Katie Zakrzewski, Published: May 9, 2024   

Roland and Karen Ussery are a shining example of parishioners who work constantly to better their parish community. After 40 years of volunteering and helping at St. Mary Church in Paragould in various ways, the two are ready to spend more time with... More 

Fort Smith church raising $2.5 million for security

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: May 8, 2024   

FORT SMITH — During the Church’s Eucharistic Revival, Immaculate Conception Church in Fort Smith is raising funds to relocate its Blessed Sacrament to the back altar. The parish is launching its $2.5 million campaign on the feast of Corpus... More