The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Catholic Schools Herald, May 2019

As the school year winds down, school counselors look back on the work they've achieved this year with students that come to them for help. Some principals and educators are about to earn a master's degree, while the Catholic schools superintendent says goodbye to a beloved school in Little Rock. 


School counseling evolves with the changing times

By Dwain Hebda, Published: May 7, 2019         

It’s half an hour to first period and Little Rock’s Mount St. Mary Academy is slowly waking up. The halls are quiet, much quieter than they’ll be in a few minutes, but the sisterhood is up full blast on a row of lockers. “You got this!” screams a yellow flyer, scrawled in the unmistakable font of teenage girls. “You’re awesome!” pipes another as it flutters to passersby. Just down the hall from this cacophonous chorus line of well-wishes, More... 

Educators earn advanced degree without leaving home

By Aprille Hanson, Published: May 4, 2019   

Five Catholic principals and teachers are about to become the first class of Arkansas graduates in Catholic school leadership master’s degree program. The new partnership with St. Louis University is also expanding to allow professors to teach in Little Rock and to start a new doctoral program. “I think it’s a wonderful program. I think it really prepares our principals to be good principals in a Catholic setting,” said Theresa Hall, superintendent of Catholic schools. The virtual classes More... 

Musical a farewell tribute to chapel and drama adviser

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: May 3, 2019   

FORT SMITH — On Palm Sunday evening, St. Scholastica Monastery’s former chapel became the setting for “Godspell Jr.,” an hour-long condensation of the long-running Broadway show about the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, performed by Trinity Junior High School’s drama club. The young actors played out Jesus’ baptism and parables, such as the widow and the judge, the unforgiving servant, the Good Samaritan and the prodigal son, combining humor with Gospel teachings, to an enthusiastic More... 

As door closes on St. Edward School, light will still shine

By Theresa Hall, Published: May 3, 2019   

As I watched the Notre Dame Cathedral fire with sadness, I was reminded of another longstanding institution that suffered a great loss, St. Edward Parish. My relationship with St. Edward School began more than 34 years ago while praying before Mass in what some people call the other “cathedral” of Little Rock. A tap on my shoulder and Sister Hermana Siebenmorgen, OSB, leaning over the pew behind me and in her not-so-quiet whisper said, “You need to More...