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Bella Vista deacon moved to Kansas

Published: July 19, 2018   

Deacon Anthony “Tony” Reuter, 85, a former deacon for St. Bernard Church in Bella Vista, died June 19 in Kansas. He was born March 13, 1933, in Earlville, Iowa, and was a U.S. Army veteran. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame... More 

Vincentian Father Franz served in southeast Arkansas

Published: July 19, 2018   

Father Louis J. Franz, CM, who spent years advocating for inmates, died July 11 in Perryville, Mo. He was 86. Father Franz was born July 27, 1931, in New Orleans to Valentine Joseph and Hilda Marie Trege Franz Jr. He followed a call to religious life,... More 

Bishop moves pastors to Morrilton, Little Rock parishes

Published: July 19, 2018   

Bishop Taylor announced the following pastoral appointments: • Effective July 16 Msgr. Jack D. Harris appointed pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Morrilton. He is relieved of his responsibilities as pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Church in Lake... More 

Ordinations historic for abbey, memorable for families

By Aprille Hanson, Published: July 19, 2018      

SUBIACO — As Benedictine Brothers Cassian Elkins and Reginald Udouj processed up the aisle at St. Benedict Church at Subiaco Abbey as they had done countless times before, it was a moment of both tradition and the anticipation of a new calling. It... More 

Find a new perspective -- read Arkansas Catholic

Published: July 18, 2018   

Here are some of the stories you missed if you didn't read Arkansas Catholic's July 14 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 

Eucharist, Blessed Mother give Father Watikha strength

By Jacqueline Burkepile, Published: July 17, 2018   

CHARLESTON — As a young boy living in a Ugandan village, Patrick Watikha enjoyed serving in Mass and attending school. His parents were peasant farmers who could not afford education beyond grade school. Father Watikha’s parish priest,... More 

The sacraments are for all, including people with disabilities

By Aprille Hanson, Published: July 16, 2018   

Debbie Dufford remembers distinctly the look on a young girl’s face after receiving first Communion. “She was quadriplegic, non-verbal. She always went to church with her parents and watched them go to Communion,” Dufford said. “It... More 

People on the autism spectrum have range of gifts to offer

By Aprille Hanson, Published: July 14, 2018   

For people like Sam Honeycutt and Kasen Goodwin, who both have autism, being welcomed into a Catholic community by receiving the sacraments and staying active in parish life is a chance to encounter the love of God. “He has to work so hard to... More 

Catholics who cannot hear ‘are thirsting for encounter’

By Aprille Hanson, Published: July 14, 2018   

While there are only a handful of deaf priests in the country, Subiaco Abbey will ordain Brother Cassian Elkins, OSB, to the priesthood July 14. Though he is hearing, Brother Cassian worked as a professional sign language interpreter and later an independent... More 

Catholics with disabilities vital to the life of the Church

By Aprille Hanson, Published: July 14, 2018      

Julia Luneau, 17, is not one to just sit in a church pew. As people arrive for Mass at St. Joseph Church in Conway, she’ll often stand by the holy water font to bless them, share a hug or instinctively know when someone needs to be prayed over. “One... More