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Hearts of two Hendrix football players moved to seminary

By Aprille Hanson, Published: August 7, 2020   

While studying and playing football together at Hendrix College in Conway, Duwan Booker and Joel Brackett had an understanding: they would both be Catholic or Protestant.  From initially living a party lifestyle to faith on autopilot, the two... More 

Taste of Faith will be virtual talk show on Aug. 8

Published: August 6, 2020      

The annual Taste of Faith dinners are going virtual this year with a live one-hour program online at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8. The talk-show-style program will be hosted by Msgr. Scott Friend, vocation director, and will include interviews with the... More 

Reflection: Seeing God’s providence on ordination day

By Catherine Phillips, Published: August 5, 2020   

God works in such mysterious ways. Eight years ago my son Daniel and his friend Joseph entered Holy Trinity Seminary in Dallas and began their journey to the priesthood as seminarians for the Diocese of Little Rock.  Daniel’s path to God... More 

Friend grew up knowing priesthood is 'something joyous'

By Malea Hargett, Published: August 5, 2020   

As a new priest, Joseph Friend says he wants to keep the social justice issues of racial inequality and prison ministry at the heart of his work. Friend, younger brother of Father Patrick Friend and nephew of Msgr. Scott Friend, is ready to apply what... More 

Mary’s hand guides Velasco on his path to priesthood

By Dwain Hebda, Published: August 5, 2020   

It doesn’t take much thought on Deacon Daniel Velasco’s part to pinpoint what brought him from skeptical discerner to the threshold of ordination. At every step on his vocational journey, there’s been one figure most conspicuously guiding... More 

Arkansas Catholic Asks #11: Asking Duwan Booker and Joel Brackett about seminarian life

Published: August 4, 2020   

What do football, friendship and faith have in common? Ask seminarians Duwan Booker and Joel Brackett.  In this episode of Arkansas Catholic Asks, Aprille Hanson of Arkansas Catholic talks with Duwan and Joel about how they met at Hendrix College... More 

Bishop makes pastoral changes in Camden, Hot Springs

Published: August 4, 2020   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor announced the following pastoral appointments: Effective Sept. 1 Rev. Keith Higginbotham appointed pastoral administrator of St. Louis Church in Camden and Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Magnolia. He remains assistant... More 

Alex Tingquist: The WWJD Guardian

By Aprille Hanson, Published: August 4, 2020   

Attending the Catholic Charities Summer Institute, a high school diocesan program dedicated to the Church’s social justice teachings, changed Alex Tingquist’s life. “That was the first time I was really exposed to the issue of homelessness,”... More 

Caroline Spellins: The Prodigal Daughter

By Aprille Hanson, Published: August 3, 2020   

Caroline Spellins, 21, calls herself “God’s prodigal daughter.” Coming from a devout family — Randy Spellins, now a diaconate candidate, mother Kim Spellins, a women’s Bible study leader, and three older sisters working in... More 

No Arkansas Catholic published on August 1

Published: August 1, 2020   

Dear Reader, There will be no issue of the paper August 1, as Arkansas Catholic takes a scheduled summer break. Please look for your next issue August 8. Warmest regards, Your Arkansas Catholic staff More