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Founding Carmelite sister came from Pennsylvania

Published: August 16, 2019   

Sister Ann Wiedemer, OCD, a Carmelite for 72 years and one of the founding sisters of the monastery in Little Rock, died July 22. She was 92. She was born March 26, 1927, as Margaret “Peggy” Louise Wiedemer, the ninth child of Martin and... More 

Priest known for charismatic renewal, exorcisms

Published: August 16, 2019   

Msgr. James E. Mancini, a leader of the Charismatic Renewal and an exorcist in the diocese, died Aug. 9. He was 78. He was born in North Little Rock on New Year’s Eve 1940, to Giusto “Anthony” and Annunziata “Lucy” Mancini.... More 

Catholic Schools Calendar for the 2019-2020 year

Published: August 16, 2019   

The 2019-2020 calendar for central Arkansas Catholic schools was released by the Office of Catholic Schools. • Aug. 14: First day of school • Sept. 2: Labor Day, school closed* • Sept. 27: Professional Day for teachers, school... More 

NLRCA building project: A sign of hope and commitment

Published: August 16, 2019   

North Little Rock Catholic Academy principal Denise Troutman smiles while pushing her shovel into the dirt during the groundbreaking blessing Aug. 2 for a 3,300-square-foot building that will house pre-K 3 and 4. Father Rubén Quinteros (second... More 

First ‘chara-curriculum’ starts the year at Subiaco Academy

By Aprille Hanson, Published: August 16, 2019   

When students pass through the halls of Subiaco Academy, the school intends to form each in faith, scholarship, character and brotherhood, keeping true to its values statement. Dr. David Wright, who became headmaster last year, said he could point... More 

Most Catholics don’t believe Eucharist is Jesus

By Mark Pattison, Published: August 15, 2019   

WASHINGTON — A new study about the level of Catholic belief in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist showed that a majority of Catholics do not believe that the bread and wine used at Mass become the body and blood of Christ. The report... More 

Accident turned life upside down, but faith helped him

By Elizabeth Bachmann, Published: August 13, 2019      

WASHINGTON -- "Guys, I think Brandon is dead." This is what Brandon Gosselin heard, lying in shock and a pool of his own blood, the left side of his face mangled where it had skidded across the gravel after he was hurled over the handlebars... More 

From Southwest LR to South America, teacher learns anew

By Aprille Hanson, Published: August 12, 2019   

St. Theresa School teacher Betsy Kelly discovered camaraderie with educators 2,965 miles away this summer, traveling to Guyana, South America. “I think what surprised me the most was how successful all of these teachers were with their limited... More 

Thoughts, prayers and news

Published: August 10, 2019   

Here are some of the stories you missed if you didn't read Arkansas Catholic's Aug. 10 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 

NWA pro-lifers thankful for Fayetteville clinic closing

By Aprille Hanson, Published: August 9, 2019         

A tall wooden cross encased in wire stood at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Fayetteville. Individuals and families reverently approached, attaching red and white tissue paper flowers to signify both the suffering and love of Christ and innocence, memorializing... More