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St. Bernards Advocates 14th annual Butterfly Release

St. Bernards Advocates in Jonesboro hosted the 14th annual Butterfly Release celebration and remembrance event Sept. 18 in honor or memory of residents affected by hospice care. St. Bernards Advocates, a group of young professionals who volunteer and raise funds to support St. Bernards programs, sponsored the event. All Butterfly Release proceeds will benefit the Flo & Phil Jones Hospice House.

Carmelites make first professions

The Carmelite Monastery in Little Rock recently accepted the first professions of two sisters. Born Lynne M. Purkey, Sister Marie Therese of Christ the Redeemer made her first profession Aug. 6. Her brother Gary Purkey and friends from southern California joined her for the Mass celebrated by chaplain Msgr. Lawrence Frederick and concelebrated by Father Jerome Early, OCD, Father Bonaventure ... More ...  

St. Edward sets 138th feast day anniversary and homecoming for Oct. 8-9

St. Edward Church in Little Rock will celebrate its 138th feast day anniversary and homecoming  Oct. 8-9. Guests and friends are invited to tour the church, visit a replica of the Shroud of Turin in the gymnasium, look for bargains in the thrift store and enjoy refreshments and parish/school memorabilia in the church cafeteria. Tours start at 1 p.m. Saturday ... More ...  

St. Joseph School forensic science class studying fingerprinting

In Conway, St. Joseph School's forensic science class has been studying fingerprinting. "An important part of forensic investigations is collecting evidence," teacher Angela Collins said. "One of the strongest types of evidence is fingerprinting." The students practiced on themselves, but as they improved they moved on to fingerprint other students.  "We're always told that no fingerprints are exactly the same," student ... More ...  

Msgr. O’Donnell’s homilies

For the past two years, Dr. Mary Ann Stafford, parishioner at Our Lady of the Holy Souls Church in Little Rock, has been compiling the speeches and sermons of the late Msgr. John F. O’Donnell, who died in 2019. Stafford got access to 58 works through the assistance of Mary Bea Hiegel, who with her husband Ken, was the executor ... More ...  

National Merit semifinalists

Six Catholic high school students were among the more than 16,000 semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. They will compete for around 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million next spring. They are Andrew Dillman, Owen Fraley and Mason Walsh, Catholic HIgh School, Little Rock; Madeline Dalton and Anya Ratycz, Mount St. Mary Academy, Little Rock; and ... More ...  

40 Days for Life

The fall 40 Days for Life will kick off Sept. 26 and continue through Nov. 6. Participants are invited to pray outside the Planned Parenthood clinic in Rogers every day. Parking is available at the St. Vincent de Paul Church parking lot at 13th and Poplar. Bathrooms, water, coffee and cocoa are available in the Patriarch House. For more information, ... More ...  

2022 Red Mass

The St. Thomas More Society will host the Red Mass at noon, Friday, Oct. 7 at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock. The St. Thomas More Award for distinguished service will be given to attorney Deacon Noel "Bud" Bryant of Pine Bluff and to Pulaski County Prosecutor Larry Jegley. All judges, law professors and government officials can process ... More ...