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Benedictine sisters jubilarians

Two Benedictine sisters were honored during a Mass July 11 at Holy Angels Convent in Jonesboro for celebrating their 25th and 70th anniversaries of vowed life. Sister Therese Johnson and Sister Mary John Seyler renewed their vows during the Mass presided by Bishop Anthony B. Taylor. They were surrounded by their fellow religious sisters, family members and friends. During her 25 ... More ...  

Subiaco receives $17,000 grant

The Benedictine monks of Subiaco Abbey were the only religious order based in Arkansas to receive a grant from Support Our Aging Religious. The monk recently received a $17,000 grant from SOAR! to replace flooring in their infirmary. The board of directors for SOAR! recently approved $1.3 million in grants to assist aging Catholic sisters, brothers and priests in religious orders. These ... More ...  

Baby Box billboard campaign

A statewide billboard campaign kicked off in June to promote the new Safe Haven Law and Safe Haven Baby Boxes. On June 14 the first billboard was installed in Harrison. The amended law will take effect July 24 and is designed to protect babies from being hurt or killed from abandonment by parents who are unwilling or unable to parent. ... More ...  

Charismatic conference July 26-28

Arkansas Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services is hosting a conference July 26-28 at St. Joseph Church Spiritan Center in Conway. Speakers this year are Dr. Mary Healy, professor of Scripture at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, and Father Jose Maria Castillo, graduate of Franciscan University and member of the religious community Family of Jesus in Peru. Also speaking is Dr. Rhonda ... More ...  

Marriage retreat Aug. 23-25

A weekend retreat for couples with hurting marriages or have separated will be held Aug. 23-25 at St. John Center in Little Rock. Retrouvaille is a peer ministry of volunteer couples who can help couples learn the tools of healthy communication, build intimacy and heal, just as they have done in their own marriages. For more information, contact Mike and ... More ...  

Upcoming Ignatian retreats

The St. Scholastica Spirituality Program in Fort Smith will be hosting two 30-week retreat experiences based on the teachings of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Sessions will be held from October to April 2020. Retreat in Daily Life is for people new to Ignatian retreats while Ignatius Transposed is for those who have participated in Retreat in Daily Life in the ... More ...  

Refugees return to Fort Chaffee

A former refugee who once lived at Fort Chaffee near Fort Smith returned for a visit June 19, the eve of World Refugee Day. Vi Le, regional general counsel for Mercy in Oklahoma and Arkansas, started life in war-torn Vietnam. She arrived with her family as an 18-month-old refugee just days after the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. Le ... More ...  

Hebda wins writing awards

Freelance writer Dwain Hebda picked up two awards for stories that appeared in Arkansas Catholic during the Society of Professional Journalists’ Arkansas Pro Chapter’s Diamond Journalism Awards June 25 in Little Rock. He earned first place for “Holy roller: Campus minister competes in roller derby” for the best sports story in a non-daily newspaper. In the category of non-daily newspaper health ... More ...