As Catholics navigate the divisive political season, this section provides interviews with priests on the dangers of politics becoming a religion and the civic responsiblity of Catholics, a national nonprofit's guide to have civil political discourse, a statement from Bishop Anthony B. Taylor and more.(September 16, 2020)
Catholic school students are shuffling back into the hallways, wearing masks and social distancing. In this section, read how superintendent Theresa Hall says prayer has assisted the teachers in restarting the year, how a North Little Rock school garden is a great way to learn and distance and about how some longtime educators are taking the reins as principal. As society shifts toward a more inclusive world, teachers discuss how they incorporate other cultures in their classrooms and clinical psychologist Dr. Melissa Jackson discusses the need for cultural competency.(August 20, 2020)
Despite the uncertainty in the world amid COVID-19, two men are certain of their call from God, making the step toward priesthood in mid-August. In this section: read about the Taste of Faith virtual event and how you can help form our future priests; the faith journeys of Deacon Daniel Velasco and Deacon Joseph Friend; former college football teammates who grew in faith together and are now seminarians; and a reflection about seminarian Daniel Phillips, who died in a car accident in 2012.(August 6, 2020)
Young adults are sharing the Gospel as teachers, musicians and leaders in a variety of ways. Even during the pandemic, they are spreading Christ’s message during Mass, one on one or through their ministries.
While 50 percent of Catholics 30 years old and younger have left the Church, many are not only still Catholic, but they are also making their mark on their parish and campus ministry programs.
Church leaders around the state nominated young adults in the Diocese of Little Rock who are an inspiration to those in the pews. We interviewed millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) and Generation Z (born 1997 and later), asking them to share their faith journey. They work in schools, parishes and ministries full time, part time or as volunteers. Most are single, but some are married or have children.
We focused on Catholics 18 to 30 years old (born 1990 to 2002) for these profiles.
Aprille Hanson, Dwain Hebda, Alesia Schaefer, James Keary and Maryanne Meyerriecks contributed to profiles in this section.
*Editor's note: Articles will continue to be added to this section the week of July 27(July 28, 2020)
The graduating class of 2020 said goodbye to their Catholic high school education during unprecedented times. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools have been physically closed since March, which also meant the cancellation of sports, extracurriculars and notable activities that mark a senior year of high school. In this section, you’ll learn about inspiring honor graduates, valedictorians and salutatorians and a list of all graduates. Congrats to the class of 2020!(June 9, 2020)