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Catholic Health Initiatives to merge with Dignity Health

By Aprille Hanson, Published: January 17, 2019   

Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health will merge to become CommonSpirit Health, forming one of the country’s largest health systems. CHI operates four hospitals and several clinics in Arkansas. Completion of the merger was delayed one... More 

Let Arkansas Catholic fill you spiritually for 2019 and beyond

Published: January 16, 2019   

Here are some of the stories you missed if you didn't read Arkansas Catholic's Jan. 12 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 

Conference, procession to lead into Mass for Life

Published: January 15, 2019   

Catholics attending the annual Mass for Life will have two new opportunities to expand and show their support for respect life issues. The Diocese of Little Rock has also moved the Mass Sunday, Jan. 20 back to a larger downtown facility to allow for... More 

A Catholic you want to know: Mike Ferguson

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: January 14, 2019   

Why you want to know Mike Ferguson: Ferguson, who converted to Catholicism in 1998, has shared his many gifts and talents with the Catholic Charismatic Conference, playing music with a group for 18 years. In his parish, he has been a substitute musician,... More 

Asking Catherine Phillips about respecting life

Published: January 13, 2019   

In this episode of Arkansas Catholic Asks, Aprille Hanson of Arkansas Catholic talks with Catherine Phillips, diocesan respect life director. They look at respecting all life, from conception to natural death, and coming events for the anniversary of... More 

‘Joan of Ark.’ moves, leaves behind legacy in social justice

By Aprille Hanson, Published: January 12, 2019   

In the middle of her senior year in nursing school, Joan Pytlik, 20, boarded a train in Milwaukee bound for St. Louis to become a postulant with the Daughters of Charity. “There was another girl on the train too and she had, I call them, all... More 

Rector of Cathedral joins House of Formation staff

Published: January 11, 2019   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor announced the following appointment: • Effective Dec. 18 Rev. Jack Vu appointed to the formation staff of the House of Formation in Little Rock. This is in addition to his current responsibilities as rector of... More 

Sexual abuse transparency spreads across U.S. dioceses

By Aprille Hanson, Published: January 10, 2019   

After the Pennsylvania grand jury report was released Aug. 14 detailing more than 1,000 cases of sexual abuse of minors by about 300 priests in a span of 70 years within six of the state’s dioceses, it again put a microscope on dioceses throughout... More 

Pope says nationalism poses threat to peace, dialogue

By Junno Arocho Esteves , Published: January 9, 2019   

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- As it did prior to the Second World War, the rise of nationalism in the world poses a threat to peace and constructive dialogue among nations, Pope Francis said. During his annual address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican,... More 

Young people told at SEEK they are 'light of the world today'

By Sean Gallagher, Published: January 8, 2019   

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila described the 17,000 mostly college students attending SEEK2019 in Indianapolis as "a great sign of hope for the church, that the church is alive and well among young people." He celebrated... More