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Señor Santo Niño celebrates Filipino Catholic heritage

By Sarah Morris, Published: January 27, 2023      

JONESBORO — As a child in the Philippines, Dixie Caballero grew up participating in the Sinulog, a ritual prayer-dance honoring Señor Santo Niño or the Child Jesus. It is a tradition she is now passing on to her 6-year-old daughter... More 

Mass, March for Life acknowledge there is still work to do

By Chris Price, Published: January 26, 2023            

A roar went up on the state Capitol grounds and echoed off of surrounding buildings Jan. 23, when Gianna Jessen, featured speaker for the 45th Annual March for Life, led the crowd in a shout of victory. “We won! We won in his name! The people... More 

OCA dancer Annalise Stacey keeps Sapphires in rhythm

By Dwain Hebda, Published: January 24, 2023   

Annalise Stacey chuckles knowingly when asked about how far the Ozark Catholic Academy dance program has come in just three years, years coinciding with the junior’s time at the school. From pandemic restrictions in her freshman year to lack of... More 

Arkansan seeks Super Bowl ring from Bengals sidelines

By Dwain Hebda, Published: January 23, 2023   

National Football League fandom is a many-splendored thing. Unlike college football, which tends to galvanize the majority of fans in a given geographic area, NFL teams tend to cultivate a more national following. Thus in Arkansas, while Dallas and New... More 

Karla Alvarez to lead Shreveport’s multicultural ministry

By Chris Price, Published: January 20, 2023   

With the hook of his crosier, Bishop Francis Malone reached into his former parish in Arkansas and snagged one of his prized sheep when he hired Karla Alvarez as the director of multicultural ministry for the Diocese of Shreveport. “Laurie Nick,... More 

Pine Bluff church caretaker wins 2023 Daniel Rudd Award

By Chris Price, Published: January 19, 2023         

The sanctuary of the Cathedral of St. Andrew was filled with peace and promise Saturday, Jan. 14 during the 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Mass sponsored by the Diocesan Council for Black Catholics.  Bishop Anthony B. Taylor concelebrated... More 

After 20 years, Search retreat cooks leave the kitchen

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: January 17, 2023   

For 20 years, Mark Bausom has been the man behind the menu for about 40 Search weekends, the diocesan youth retreat that has helped teenagers grow in their relationships with Christ.  Just like Jesus’ example of feeding the multitudes and... More 

Pro-life movement experiencing post-Roe paradigm shift

By Chris Price, Published: January 16, 2023   

Respect Life events in the Diocese of Little Rock and across the country will take on a different meaning this year. Participants will mournfully remember the millions of babies lost to abortion on this 50th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's... More 

Brother Gabriel Jannise finds peace at Subiaco Abbey

By Chris Price, Published: January 13, 2023   

He had starts and stops on his journey to religious life, but Brother Gabriel Jannise, OSB, said he has finally found peace after making his solemn profession as a Benedictine monk Jan. 4 at Subiaco Abbey. Born Samuel Jannise to Deacon John and Dorothy... More 

Arkansans reflect on Pope Benedict XVI, his Church legacy

By Chris Price, Published: January 12, 2023   

With Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s death on New Year’s Eve, many around the world questioned how he will be remembered  — as a preeminent theologian; as a major influence on the Vatican for a half century; for his efforts to reach... More