The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Vocations 2019

The Diocese of Little Rock is welcoming two new priests this year -- Father Martín Amaro, who was ordained on May 11, and Deacon Jon Miskin, who will be ordained May 25. In this section, you'll learn more about their journey to the priesthood, as well as an in-depth look at how millenial priests minister differently in today's society. 


Millennial priests share talents, hobbies with their flocks

By Aprille Hanson, Published: May 20, 2019      

When associate pastor Father Stephen Elser, 28, walks into a parish meeting at Immaculate Conception Church in Fort Smith, he has his iPad or computer ready. His homilies are typed up and uploaded to Dropbox, ready to sync to all his devices. “My pastor and I, Father John (Antony), we joke about how the older generation, they would first come to the assignment and one of the first things they would ask is where is the More... 

Priests, family surround Father Amaro at ordination in Rome

By Aprille Hanson, Published: May 16, 2019      

Inside the Choir Chapel in St. Peter Basilica in Rome, ornate artistic renderings of Christianity fill the space, from God creating the universe to the Israelites’ crossing of the Red Sea to the baptism of Christ. Amid the gold, marble and mosaic masterpieces, Father Martín Amaro added to the universal story of God’s continued work in our world by being ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Little Rock May 11. “It’s wonderful. I think it was thanks More... 

Father Martin Amaro closer to God through youth ministry

By Aprille Hanson, Published: May 16, 2019   

Father Martín Amaro would have every right to be stressed in the nine days leading up to his ordination in Rome. Because of the distance from the Diocese of Little Rock, Father Amaro was tasked with much of the planning, but in speaking with Arkansas Catholic May 2, he was at peace. “I’m very excited, I’m very happy, I’m very grateful to so many people who helped me get this far; I definitely couldn’t do it More... 

Miskin credits his 'village' for fostering vocation

By Dwain Hebda, Published: May 16, 2019   

Like a lot of seminarians, Deacon Jon Miskin has Bible verses that have inspired him on the long road to becoming a priest. But it’s the secular saying, “It takes a village,” that more accurately narrates that journey. “I’m so thankful to everyone,” he said. “I am not here without my parents. I’m not here without my teachers at school. I’m not here without the people of God who I don’t even know that will say More...