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College missionaries deepen faith in Dominican Republic

By Alesia Schaefer, Published: June 18, 2019   

What is the perfect antidote for no sleep and a brain-numbing amount of studying? Heading somewhere tropical, of course. So that’s what these 10 University of Arkansas students did as soon as they finished semester finals. But the goal wasn’t... More 

Some Arkansans still serving abroad in Honduras, Belize

By Aprille Hanson, Published: June 17, 2019   

Several parishes across the diocese do mission work and St. Joseph Churches in Conway and Fayetteville have learned from Christ the King’s work in Honduras. For the past six years, about five to eight Conway parishioners traveled with CTK to Honduras. “It... More 

Little Rock parish swaps Honduras mission for One Church

By Aprille Hanson, Published: June 17, 2019   

Christ the King Church in Little Rock has taken on a new mission, building upon more than two decades of charitable work in Honduras to now benefit parishioners in Arkansas. One Church, which was launched in September, is a program through Catholic... More 

Vincentian priests say goodbye to the faithful in Arkansas

By Malea Hargett, Published: June 15, 2019   

Plenty of tissues were needed May 26 during Mass at the Vincentian Lay Mission Center in North Little Rock. As temperatures were rising under the makeshift tent on the grounds of the center, parishioners were wiping their brows and fanning themselves... More 

Faith carries Catholics through historic flooding

By Aprille Hanson, Published: June 13, 2019      

CONWAY — As currents from the Arkansas River began sweeping away the layers of sand and plastic sheeting built up around concrete barriers of the Toad Suck One-Stop, hopes of saving the community’s beloved store washed away. This was Thursday,... More 

Arkansas Catholic subscribers keep up with the news

Published: June 12, 2019   

Here are some of the stories you missed if you didn't read Arkansas Catholic's June 8 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 

Sisters in Hispanic ministry leaving to take leadership jobs

By Aprille Hanson, Published: June 11, 2019   

Sister Norma Edith Muñoz admits that in the past eight years of serving in Arkansas, she has put down “deep roots.” While she and Sister Silvia Garza face their new call to serve in leadership positions with their order, the Missionary... More 

Fort Smith flood waters rise along Arkansas River

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: June 10, 2019   

FORT SMITH — Shortly after the Arkansas River flooded the northern end of the Canterbury Cove subdivision May 31, homes were only accessible by water taxi. “Captain” Bo Hunter, who had helped residents evacuate days earlier in a borrowed... More 

New deacon learned about service, love in mother’s death

By Malea Hargett, Published: June 8, 2019         

The legacy of Betty Friend continued with the diaconate ordination of a second son May 22 at Christ the King Church in Little Rock. As she was dying from cancer in 2013, she spoke to Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, telling him, “I trust my sons with... More 

Former Jonesboro principal was a nun for 64 years

Published: June 7, 2019   

Sister M. Lenore Dust, an Olivetan Benedictine sister for 64 years and former principal at Blessed Sacrament School in Jonesboro, died May 14. She was 90. Sister Lenore was born Anna Eugenia in Pocahontas to Henry and Anna Dust. She entered Holy Angels... More