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Student body president had students’ well-being in mind

By Anthony Reiter, Published: June 1, 2023   

Giovanni Vargas, a senior at Subiaco Academy, looks back on his time as a Trojan as one of the most formative times of the student body president’s young life. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Vargas’ journey to Subiaco was unexpected. “It... More 

Summer camp prepares Autumn Moss for leadership roles

By Malea Hargett, Published: May 31, 2023   

Autumn Moss has nurtured her faith during school, on the weekends and during the summer. The Mount St. Mary Academy senior is most proud of how much she has grown as a counselor for the past three years at Brookhill Ranch. This summer she will return... More 

Medrano is first in family to graduate high school

By Alesia Schaefer, Published: May 30, 2023   

TONTITOWN — Not one to call attention to herself, Ceci Medrano could easily slip past you without being noticed. But she will tell you that her four years in high school have made such a difference in her life to change her trajectory. Ceci Alejandra... More 

Father Robbins moving to St. John Church in Hot Springs

Published: May 29, 2023   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor announced the following pastoral appointment: Effective July 1 Rev. Anthony Robbins appointed associate pastor of Church of St. John the Baptist in Hot Springs.   More 

Knights’ cheerleader is ‘red hot’ for faith, hard work

By Aprille Hanson Spivey , Published: May 29, 2023   

When senior Spencer Warren, 18, first started cheerleading at Sacred Heart School in Morrilton as a sophomore, she admitted she was “nervous to yell,” intimidated to shout out the cheers and give it her all. But three years later, loudly shouting... More 

No newspaper June 3, taking scheduled break

Arkansas Catholic staff, Published: May 27, 2023   

Dear Reader, There will be no issue of the paper June 3, as Arkansas Catholic takes a scheduled summer break. Our offices will be open regular hours to take news tips and serve your advertising and subscription needs. Please look for your next issue... More 

Raised by a single mother, Flores knows value of hard work

By Malea Hargett, Published: May 26, 2023   

Catholic High School senior Alex Flores doesn’t take for granted what his mother sacrificed to ensure her son had a better life. “My mother immigrated here from Mexico when she was pregnant with me,” he said. “She left her whole... More 

Catholic High appoints Steve Straessle as head of school

Published: May 25, 2023   

Steve Straessle, principal of Catholic High School in Little Rock, will take on a new role as head of school for starting July 1.  Assistant principal Matt Dempsey will move into the role of principal, while alumni director and English teacher... More 

Former Latin Mass chaplain dies unexpectedly at 52

Published: May 25, 2023   

Father Terrence Patrick Gordon, FSSP, a former chaplain for the Latin Mass community in North Little Rock now based in Cabot, died of a heart attack April 28. He was 52. He was born on March 17, 1971, to Beatrice Tena and James Patrick Gordon. He was... More 

Eveld: ‘Knowing the Lord called me is an awesome thing’

By Dwain Hebda, Published: May 25, 2023   

SUBIACO — Kelly and Doug Eveld chuckled at the question of whether they saw early the potential for the priesthood in their eldest son Cody. Not even close, his mother said, who relayed the story of when her son broached the subject. “It... More