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Religious orders vary depending on where you are

Religious usually serve in large areas like Central Arkansas, River Valley

Published: May 23, 2015   
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Religious orders — sisters, brothers and priests — serve primarily in larger communities in Central Arkansas and the River Valley. Although the largest parishes are located in the Ozark Mountain deaneries, there are very few religious orders currently working there. A religious order priest serves in Hope, but no sisters or brothers are stationed in the Ouachita Mountain region.

1. Ozark Mountains
(North Ozark and West Ozark deaneries)

• Dominican sisters (Mountain Home)

• Indian Missionary Society (Bella Vista)

• Sisters of Mercy (Rogers)


2. River Valley
(West River Valley and River Valley deaneries)

• Apostles of Jesus (Charleston)

• Benedictines, St. Scholastica Monastery (Fort Smith, New Blaine)

• Benedictines, Subiaco Abbey (Altus, Subiaco, Paris, New Blaine, Clarksville)

• Catholic Teachers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Dardanelle)

• Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy (Fort Smith)

• Dominican Sisters of Tam Hiep (Fort Smith)

• Indian Missionary Society (Scranton)

• Sisters of Mercy (Fort Smith, Barling)

• Spiritans (Center Ridge, Hattieville)


3. Ouachita Mountains
(Ouachita Deanery)

• Congregation of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood (Hope)


4. Central Arkansas
(Central Deanery)

Little Rock, North Little Rock:

• Apostles of Jesus

• Brothers of the Poor of St. Francis

• Carmel of St. Teresa of Jesus

• Daughters of Charity

• Daughters of Divine Love

• Discalced Carmelite Friars

• Missionaries of Charity

• Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter

• Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

• Sisters of Mercy

• Society of Divine Word

• Vincentians


• Missionary Carmelites of St. Teresa (Conway)

• Missionary Catechists of the Poor (Hot Springs)

• Sisters of Mercy (Hot Springs)


5. Delta
(South Delta and North Delta deaneries)

• Apostles of Jesus (Paragould)

• Benedictines, Holy Angels Convent (Jonesboro, Pocahontas, West Memphis)

• Daughters of Charity (Gould)

• Missionary Carmelites of St. Teresa (Hamburg)

• Norbertines (Blytheville)

• Society of Divine Word (Pine Bluff)

• Spiritans (Helena)

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