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Teens’ social action speaks louder than words at C2SI

By Aprille Hanson, Published: July 19, 2019      

Angel Sasser of St. Jude Church in Jacksonville stood balanced on a ladder, carefully rolling a coat of white paint on the ceiling of a carport. Other teens wielded paint brushes and pressure washing hoses on bricks and siding to spruce up four homes... More 

St. Boniface School in Fort Smith to close immediately

Published: July 18, 2019   

St. Boniface School in Fort Smith announced July 18 that it will not open its doors to school children in August. It was the oldest Catholic school in Fort Smith, operating for 132 years. When it was founded as a school for German Catholic... More 

Bishop on immigration: ‘We’ve got the power to change’

By Aprille Hanson, Published: July 18, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor spoke to more than 50 people July 11 at St. John Center in Little Rock about the immigration crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, the concept of unjust laws and what Catholics can do, as part of a speaker series of Pax Christi Little... More 

Arkansas Catholic connects readers to Universal Church

Published: July 17, 2019   

Here are some of the stories you missed if you didn't read Arkansas Catholic's July 13 issue. Some of the stories and columns in Arkansas Catholic appear only in the print and complete digital editions. To read what you're missing, subscribe... More 

Wendy Taylor writes about faith, loss of military husband

By Aprille Hanson, Published: July 16, 2019   

Michael Taylor was at basic training in Biloxi, Miss., when he made an important phone call to his high school sweetheart Wendy. “He said, ‘Let’s do this’ and I said, ‘OK,’ so I packed all my stuff up,” to... More 

Abuse scandals bring challenges to seal of confession

By Chaz Muth , Published: July 15, 2019   

WASHINGTON — For centuries, the Catholic Church has maintained that what a penitent says to a priest in the confessional is strictly confidential, but in 2019 that rite continues to be challenged by governments. Church scholars assert the concept... More 

Fort Smith sister offers respect to asylum seekers at border

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: July 12, 2019   

FORT SMITH — Sister Judith Maria Timmerman volunteered two weeks at the Texas-Mexican border to learn more about immigrant families coming to the U.S. From May 26-June 8, the Benedictine sister from St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith volunteered... More 

Millionaire or ministry? Father Reaves follows his calling

By Aprille Hanson, Published: July 11, 2019      

While everyone has to discern their life’s path, most have not had as drastic a fork in the road as Father Phillip Reaves — sacrificing self to serve the Lord or being a millionaire. He was destined to be an accountant for an oil company... More 

A Catholic you want to know: Susej Thompson

By Aprille Hanson, Published: July 9, 2019   

Why you want to know Susej KrisAnn Thompson: For the past two and a half years, she has been the pastoral music director at Our Lady of the Holy Souls in Little Rock, growing the ministry which includes a traditional choir, praise and worship team, special... More 

Fort Smith’s summer day camp has food, fun and education

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: July 8, 2019   

FORT SMITH — Christ the King School’s summer enrichment program is giving students an opportunity to learn, play and explore new activities without leaving the school campus. Camp CTK has contracted with local programs — Community... More