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Msgr. Malone is bound for Shreveport to be their new bishop

Bishop-elect Francis I. Malone will be ordained the next bishop of Shreveport, La., on Jan. 28. In this section, Arkansas Catholic looks back on the impact he’s made for the past 43 years in the Diocese of Little Rock for vocations, missions and tithing and Catholic education. We also sat down with the bishop-elect as he discussed the memories he has of Arkansas and what he’ll miss the most.


Bishop-elect Malone shares memories, legacy in Arkansas

By Malea Hargett, Published: January 27, 2020   

When a priest has had a major impact on parishes across the diocese as well as ministry on the diocesan level, his appointment as a bishop to another diocese leaves a hole that will be hard to fill. Arkansas Catholic interviewed Bishop-elect Francis I. Malone Dec. 18 and asked him to reflect on his 42 years of ministry in the diocese and the first tasks he will undertake as bishop of the Diocese of Shreveport.   • More... 

CTK missions, tithing: giving back like Jesus would

By Aprille Hanson, Published: January 27, 2020   

For nearly 19 years, Bishop-elect Francis I. Malone has pastored Christ the King Church in Little Rock, but his work has extended far beyond the church walls. Dedicated to mission work, from Honduras to the diocesan One Church program, and continuing the tradition of being a tithing parish to help a variety of organizations in Central Arkansas, Bishop-elect Malone has made sure his flock understands Jesus’ call to action in help those in need. “I think it More... 

As pastor, a strong advocate for school, Catholic education

By Aprille Hanson, Published: January 27, 2020         

One by one, select students at Christ the King School in Little Rock stood at the pulpit Dec. 20, sharing memories or advice with their beloved pastor, now Bishop-elect Francis I. Malone. “For student council, I loved talking about sushi with you,” Elizabeth Hunter said. “You’ve baptized me, done confession with me, were there for my first holy Communion and most of all, you have been my hero,” Presley Bailey said. “I love you with all my heart. More... 

Building parish culture fosters diocese’s vocations growth

By Aprille Hanson, Published: January 27, 2020   

When Bishop-elect Francis I. Malone was ordained May 21, 1977, he became a spiritual father. But during his priesthood and especially his nearly 19 years at Christ the King Church in Little Rock, fatherhood has meant guiding young men in their discernment toward the priesthood and making sure that a religious vocation is seen as a calling to be followed.  As pastor of Christ the King, vocations became a parish mission, which has included establishing perpetual More... 

Coat of arms ties new bishop’s life into one design

By Dr. Scott W.F. Carle, Published: January 27, 2020   

The episcopal heraldic achievement, or bishop’s coat of arms, is composed of a shield, with its charges (symbols), a motto scroll and the external ornaments. The shield, which is the central and most important feature of any heraldic device, is described (blazoned) in 12th century terms that are archaic to our modern language and this description is done as if being given by the bearer with the shield being worn on the arm. Thus, it More... 

Diocese of Shreveport by the numbers

Published: January 27, 2020   

  Diocese of Shreveport • Year diocese was founded: 1986 • Number of civil parishes (counties) in diocese: 16 across northern Louisiana • Largest cities in diocese: Shreveport, Bossier City, Ruston, Monroe   People • Number of diocesan priests: 29 (19 active and 10 retired or infirm) • Number of other priests – religious and extern priests: 21 • Number of permanent deacons: 34 • Number of brothers: 2 • Number of sisters: 25 • Number of seminarians: 6 • Total Catholic population: 41,615 (5.2 percent of population)   Places • More...