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One Church partners with Hamburg church to pay off debt

By Malea Hargett, Published: September 13, 2019   

As the cooler weather approaches, attendance at Holy Spirit Church in Hamburg could swell to 120 people on Sunday afternoons for Mass. Parishioners then return on Wednesday evenings for religious education and sacramental preparation. And now the mission... More 

Cathedral associate pastor moved to hospital ministry

Published: September 12, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor announced the following pastoral appointments: • Effective Oct 1 Rev. Aby Abraham, IMS, appointed associate pastor of the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock and St. Patrick Church in North Little Rock. He is relieved... More 

Carmelite followed calling first as a Franciscan sister

Published: September 12, 2019   

Sister Mary Alice Grace, OCD, who served 80 years of religious life as a Franciscan and as a Carmelite, died Aug. 14. She was 99. She was born July 26, 1920, in Pittsburgh to Eleanor and Eugene Grace. Mary Alice and her sister Mildred attended St.... More 

Slovak church’s work of mercy buries 7 unclaimed remains

By Aprille Hanson, Published: September 12, 2019   

Carol Stanton’s piercing blue eyes and cheery demeanor warmly greeted fellow residents at Maple Healthcare nursing home in Hazen. Perfectly comfortable in sweatpants with her long black hair pulled back, she enjoyed her role as resident council... More 

Lucy Powell: Prayer and music

By Aprille Hanson, Published: September 11, 2019   

When Lucy Powell plays the cajón, or box drum, at youth retreats or for diocesan events, it’s more than simply playing an instrument. “For me music is how I pray … Music is such a huge thing for me spiritually and hobby-wise.... More 

Lucia Munoz Bocanegra: A role model

By Dwain Hebda, Published: September 10, 2019   

Asked what has inspired her to take a prominent role in mentoring young people, Lucia Munoz Bocanegra has a simple, ready answer.  “God was calling me to do something to serve my church,” she said.  Munoz Bocanegra participates... More 

Levi Baus: God called

By Alesia Schaefer, Published: September 9, 2019   

Whether you believe it is by divine intervention or being at the right place at the right time, Levi Baus, 27, believes God had his hand in bringing him to Northwest Arkansas. By way of Lincoln, Neb., Baus came to the state to become one of the founding... More 

Jeremy Elsinger: Meet him face to face

By Aprille Hanson, Published: September 8, 2019   

Jeremy Elsinger has nothing to look at. No texts to send, no selfies to snap, no tweets to read, no calls to make. “No phone, no phone,” the 30-year-old laughed. In the mid-2000s, his buddies made a pact not to get a cellphone. They... More 

Arkansas Catholic will not publish a Sept. 7 edition

Published: September 7, 2019   

Dear Reader: There will be no issue of Arkansas Catholic dated Sept. 7, as we take our last scheduled break of the summer. Please look for your next issue Sept.14. Best regards, Your Arkansas Catholic staff More 

Jacob Hess: Faith on fire

By Aprille Hanson, Published: September 6, 2019   

About three years ago, Jacob Hess, 25, had “a spiritual awakening.” “I just felt like I was being called to do more,” he said. It began with lectoring at his home parish, St. Peter Church in Wynne. Today, he’s a eucharistic... More