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Fr. Erik Pohlmeier appointed bishop of St. Augustine, Fla.

Published: May 24, 2022   

The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis has appointed Father Erik Pohlmeier the next bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine in Florida. For the past 24 years, Bishop-elect Pohlmeier has served as a pastor in the Diocese of Little Rock, which encompasses... More 

Wendel seeks to model priesthood on humility, mercy & love

By Malea Hargett, Published: May 23, 2022   

Over the past eight years, Deacon Daniel Wendel’s view on discernment and the priesthood has changed. “It is sort of strange,” he said. “Over the time you enter the seminary, you think the Lord is focused on what you have to... More 

Documentary about Father Gadberry to premiere May 24

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: May 23, 2022      

In the trailer for the documentary, “The Making of a Catholic Priest,” Father Stephen Gadberry lays out what he’s all about: Farm boy from the Arkansas Delta; an Iraq war vet who loves fitness; he has two fun dogs; a “shepherd... More 

CHS' Marine JROTC Fitness Team wins 14th national title

By Dwain Hebda, Published: May 20, 2022      

Some years ago, Sgt. Maj. R.S. Jernigan inadvertently began what has become one of the most enduring traditions surrounding Catholic High’s Marine Corps Junior ROTC physical fitness team.   “Whenever I took a team out to the national... More 

Fort Smith man celebrates birthday with gift to newborns

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: May 19, 2022   

M.A. Day hasn’t forgotten that his mother Joan received a tiny bonnet from the Benedictine sisters at St. Scholastica Monastery when he was born. As his 39th birthday approached, he decided to pay their kindness forward, buying two dozen hand-embroidered... More 

How does celibacy apply to married Catholic priests?

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: May 18, 2022   

Celibacy is not a “divine law” in the Church and priests who are married do not have a “second-class priesthood,” Jesuit Father Gianfranco Ghirlanda, a canon lawyer, explained during a Vatican conference on the priesthood Feb.... More 

Religious have ‘total dedication’ to a life of celibacy

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: May 18, 2022   

At first, Quinton Thomas was not worried about the promise of celibacy when he entered seminary.  After about a year into his priestly studies, the “honeymoon” phase gave way to some fears, doubts and grief about the loss of the life... More 

Ruth and Naomi did what was right in God’s sight

By Catherine Upchurch, Published: May 18, 2022   

The book of Judges ends on this note: “In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in their own sight.” The former slaves in Egypt had been shaped in the desert of Sinai as they made their way to the Promised... More 

Seminarians heard voice of God and are following him

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: May 18, 2022   

When I was little, there were many children living near our house, and we spent lots of time playing together outside. When it was time to eat, my dad would whistle for us to come home. My friends’ parents called their names, but my Dad whistled... More 

Holy Souls School robotics team takes on the world

By Chris Price, Published: May 18, 2022      

Just five years after launching its competitive robotics club, the team at Our Lady of the Holy Souls School in Little Rock has taken on the world. From May 3-5, a team of six junior high students represented Holy Souls at the VEX Robotics World Championship... More