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Arkansas Catholic wins Catholic Media Association awards

Published: June 22, 2021   

Arkansas Catholic received two national awards from the Catholic Media Association June 10 during a virtual awards program. Editor Malea Hargett earned honorable mention for best editorial on a local issue for her editorial titled “Hate crimes law... More 

Arkansas became Father James Fanrak’s adopted state

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: June 21, 2021   

Early on Sunday mornings as a teenager in Philadelphia, James Fanrak and a few other knights of the altar -- now called altar servers -- would wait on the corner for Father Buckley to pick them up to serve at two Masses, one at Sacred Heart Home for the... More 

Ruby’s wedding: Relying on God and breaking free

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: June 18, 2021      

Just three days before her June 12 wedding, Ruby Varela flashed a wide smile, saying that out of all the day's anticipated festivities, she was most looking forward to walking down the aisle.  “Nobody knows I'm going to really walk... More 

Glory on the Grounds draws 350 teens to Little Rock

By Malea Hargett, Published: June 17, 2021         

The Diocese of Little Rock’s youth ministry program restarted June 6 with an outdoor youth rally, Glory on the Grounds, at St. John Center in Little Rock. All diocesan statewide youth events, including the state convention and Search retreats, have... More 

Arkansas Catholic has 110-year legacy of trusted journalism

Published: June 16, 2021   

Here are some of the stories you missed if you didn't read Arkansas Catholic's June 12 issue. Some of the stories and columns in Arkansas Catholic appear only in the print and free digital editions. To read what you're missing, subscribe today.   Are... More 

Bishop, why are you moving my pastor?

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: June 15, 2021   

During Arkansas’ summer, Catholics brace themselves for 100-plus-degree days, giant mosquitoes and for some, saying goodbye to their favorite pastor or associate pastor.  Bishop Anthony B. Taylor typically announces priest assignment changes... More 

Feeding spiritual family a top priority for Father Antony

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: June 14, 2021   

FORT SMITH -- Father John Antony spent his 25th year as a priest dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and learning new ways to minister to his parishes. “In the last 25 years, I learned that priests can only offer the people two things: the sacraments... More 

Arkansas Catholic hiring full-time business manager

Published: June 11, 2021   

Arkansas Catholic seeks a full-time business manager to handle business operations, including advertising, circulation, bookkeeping and other office duties. Qualified applicants must be practicing Catholics and have at least three years of experience... More 

Digital media specialist job open with Arkansas Catholic

Published: June 11, 2021   

Arkansas Catholic seeks a part-time digital media specialist responsible for producing, coordinating and updating content for the Arkansas Catholic website, newsletter and social media accounts. Applicants must be practicing Catholics and have at least... More 

A Catholic you want to know: Mary Charlton

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: June 11, 2021   

Why You Want to Know Mary Charlton: Since moving to Fort Smith and joining Christ the King Parish 31 years ago, Charlton has served as a sacristan, lector, eucharistic minister and parish council member. She designs, delivers and sets up the floral arrangements... More