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Holy Souls student cancer free

Our Lady of the Holy Souls School in Little Rock is rallying behind seventh-grader Luke Siria who battled a brain tumor. On May 2, 2014, he went into Arkansas Children’s Hospital to have a brain scan and was immediately admitted. The doctors found a large tumor on his brain that had metastasized down his spine.  A week later, Luke, then ... More ...  

Catholic High student finalist for play

Robert Gatlin, a sophomore at Catholic High School and member of Our Lady of the Holy Souls Church in Little Rock, was named a finalist in the 2017-2018 Arkansas Young Playwrights Competition. Gatlin’s play, “The Inner Workings of Gods” along with the other nine plays will be staged at the competition April 14 at the Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock.

Arkansas Catholic Deadlines for break

Arkansas Catholic’s Dec. 23 issue is the last before the newspaper takes a Christmas break. The first issue of the new year will be dated Jan. 13, 2018. News and advertising for events in early January should be submitted by Dec. 13 in order to be included in the Dec. 23 issue.

Discernment retreat Dec. 10-14

The Daughters of Charity will host an online Advent retreat Dec. 10-14 to reflect on religious life. Participants will meet one on one with a religious sister via phone or Skype each day. For more information, contact Sister Virginia Ann Brooks at sistervirginia or (812) 963-7559.

Nelson Rubio ordination livestream

The Diocese of Little Rock will offer the priesthood ordination of Deacon Nelson Rubio via livestreaming at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 16 from the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock. It can be viewed at

Lector, acolytes installation Dec. 17

Eight diocesan seminarians will be installed as lectors, acolytes and candidates during a 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock Sunday, Dec. 17.  The admission to candidacy will be conferred on Jon Miskin of Little Rock, who has demonstrated the necessary qualifications for ordination.  Daniel Velasco of Searcy and Joseph Friend of Little Rock will be commissioned as acolytes to ... More ...  

Silent retreat Jan. 4-7 Fort Smith

St. Scholastica Retreat Center in Fort Smith will hold a Silent Directed Retreat Jan. 4-7. The retreat is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. Participants meet with a spiritual director each day to help them discern God’s call and offer suggestions and guidance. The cost of the retreat is $300. Participants should register by Dec. 19. A $50 non-transferable, non-refundable ... More ...  

Silent retreat March 15-18 Little Rock

The Diocese of Little Rock is hosting a three-night Ignatian silent directed retreat March 15-18 at St. John Center in Little Rock. The retreat begins at 6 p.m. Thursday and continues to noon Sunday.  The retreat fee is $300 and includes nine meals, three nights of accommodations and daily spiritual direction. To register, mail your name and contact information and a ... More ...