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Pandemic didn’t stop diaconate preparations for 46 men

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: May 25, 2022   

In 2016, 130 men in the Diocese of Little Rock began a year of discernment, to reflect on if God was calling them to serve his Church as a deacon.  During two ordination Masses in June — one June 11 at Christ the King Church in Little Rock... More 

Sara Jones to take over leadership of Mount St. Mary June 1

By Arkansas Catholic Staff, Published: May 25, 2022   

Mount St. Mary Academy principal Sara Jones has been chosen to be the head of school, effective June 1.  The new position will be a return to a leadership structure with a combined president and principal role. Head of school will replace the... More 

Nieto ready to lead flock at St. Theresa in Little Rock

By Chris Price, Published: May 25, 2022   

Growing up, Jaime Nieto thought he would end up in a career in medicine, but as he drew nearer to the Church he realized he wasn’t called to save lives but to save souls. Soon, he was dreaming of becoming a priest. “I thought I would be... More 

Bishop Taylor's statement on Bishop-elect Pohlmeier

Published: May 24, 2022   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor issued this statement to the parishioners of the Diocese of St. Augustine May 24 regarding the appointment of Father Erik Pohlmeier as their new bishop. “Bishop-elect Pohlmeier is one of the most capable priests of the... More 

Fr. Pohlmeier to lead kingdom of God in St. Augustine

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: May 24, 2022      

Father Erik Pohlmeier, a priest for 24 years in the Diocese of Little Rock, was chosen by Pope Francis May 24 to become the 11th bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine, Fla. He will be ordained and installed a bishop at St. Joseph Church in Jacksonville... More 

Fr. Erik Pohlmeier appointed bishop of St. Augustine, Fla.

Published: May 24, 2022   

The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis has appointed Father Erik Pohlmeier the next bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine in Florida. For the past 24 years, Bishop-elect Pohlmeier has served as a pastor in the Diocese of Little Rock, which encompasses... More 

Wendel seeks to model priesthood on humility, mercy & love

By Malea Hargett, Published: May 23, 2022   

Over the past eight years, Deacon Daniel Wendel’s view on discernment and the priesthood has changed. “It is sort of strange,” he said. “Over the time you enter the seminary, you think the Lord is focused on what you have to... More 

Documentary about Father Gadberry to premiere May 24

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: May 23, 2022      

In the trailer for the documentary, “The Making of a Catholic Priest,” Father Stephen Gadberry lays out what he’s all about: Farm boy from the Arkansas Delta; an Iraq war vet who loves fitness; he has two fun dogs; a “shepherd... More 

CHS' Marine JROTC Fitness Team wins 9th national title

By Dwain Hebda, Published: May 20, 2022      

Some years ago, Sgt. Maj. R.S. Jernigan inadvertently began what has become one of the most enduring traditions surrounding Catholic High’s Marine Corps Junior ROTC physical fitness team.   “Whenever I took a team out to the national... More 

Fort Smith man celebrates birthday with gift to newborns

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: May 19, 2022   

M.A. Day hasn’t forgotten that his mother Joan received a tiny bonnet from the Benedictine sisters at St. Scholastica Monastery when he was born. As his 39th birthday approached, he decided to pay their kindness forward, buying two dozen hand-embroidered... More