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One Church can make parish center renovation possible

By Malea Hargett, Published: September 17, 2021         

DANVILLE -- For the past 15 years, the Catholic community in Danville has grown. It started when the first church, St. Andrew, was built and dedicated in 2006. With the 320-seat church full at Sunday Mass and no place for parish events or religious... More 

Arkansas help for Haiti continues through pandemic, coup

By Alesia Schaefer, Published: September 16, 2021   

ROGERS -- Haiti has been staggered by misfortune this summer. On July 7, President Jovenel Moise was assassinated in an attempted coup d'état, producing more turmoil for an already unstable government. As Haitians waited to see how the government... More 

Funerals during pandemic challenging for Benedictines

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: September 15, 2021   

FORT SMITH — Since the pandemic began, the sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith have been juggling. They want to protect their members from COVID-19, especially their oldest members, including two who are 99 and another who is 101.... More 

Moms and pops unite to pray for Arkansas' priests

By Malea Hargett, Published: September 14, 2021   

The spiritual bond between Evelyn Hart and Angie Elser has only grown stronger over the years. The parishioners at Christ the King Church in Little Rock knew each other through school activities with their children, but their friendship blossomed when... More 

Life interrupted: Afghan refugee’s plan for Arkansas halted

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: September 13, 2021   

Shadab, 18, was ready to leave Afghanistan to travel nearly 7,500 miles to begin his senior year of high school at Subiaco Academy.  He knows six languages -- “it’s my favorite thing to do,” he admitted -- and had high hopes... More 

Pastor: One Church donation a ‘miracle’ for St. Bartholomew

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: September 11, 2021   

St. Bartholomew Church in Little Rock is one step closer to breaking ground on a parish hall thanks to a $118,465 boost from One Church.  The parish, one of just three historically Black Catholic churches in Arkansas, was chosen in the fall 2020... More 

Isabelle “Izzy” Jones: Standing up

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: September 10, 2021   

For about three weeks, Isabelle “Izzy” Jones helped a 10-year-old Honduran boy brush up on his English while he was staying at the Kino Border Initiative shelter in Nogales, Mexico, before seeking asylum in the United States with his mother.  “It... More 

Boeckmann, member of first class of deacons, dies at 79

Published: September 9, 2021   

Paul Anthony Boeckmann, who ministered as a deacon for several years at St. Patrick Church in North Little Rock, died Aug. 3. He was 79.  Boeckmann served in the U.S. Navy and was a small business owner in North Little Rock. He was part of the... More 

Diocese’s former prison ministry director died at 82 in Ohio

Published: September 9, 2021   

Thomas “Tom” F. Navin, who served 13 years as the social action and prison ministry director with Catholic Charities of Arkansas, died Aug. 29 in Fort Mitchell, Ohio. He was 82.  Navin was born Aug. 26, 1939, in Marion, Ohio, to Francis... More 

Anabel Garcia: Cooking, kids and love

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: September 9, 2021   

Anabel Garcia, 29, wears three hats at Immaculate Conception School.  During the day, the culinary school graduate manages the school cafeteria. When the final bell rings, she becomes the director of afterschool care and during summer break she... More