The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Catholic Schools Herald, August 2022

Catholic students throughout Arkansas have returned to school for the 2022-2023 academic year. In this section you'll read about safety measures schools have enacted to protect students and staff from gun violence, meet the new principals, a new shuttle service from the River Valley to Ozark Catholic High School and much more. Let us all pray for the safety and health of students, parents, teachers and staff. 


Holy Souls School opens $2 million addition, STEAM lab

By Chris Price, Published: August 25, 2022      

Our Lady of the Holy Souls School in Little Rock is banking on the fact that students need to be better prepared for high school and math and science careers by building a $2-million addition to the school. After nearly two years of construction, former pastor Father John Marconi, who became a senior priest July 1, returned to campus July 21 to help principal Amber Bagby and assistant principal Sarah Richards cut the ribbon at the More... 

Violence pushes Catholic schools to revisit safety plans

By Chris Price, Published: August 19, 2022         

The mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, in May was another reminder to the Catholic schools superintendent that Catholic schools in Arkansas need to stay vigilant about school safety. “We have been fortunate that we have not had any incident of a shooting in our Catholic schools in Arkansas. But gun violence has risen to the forefront, and it is a big concern for all schools, including our Catholic schools,” said Theresa Hall, More... 

River Valley students choose to travel to OCA for school

By Alesia Schaefer, Published: August 18, 2022   

The void of a Catholic high school in the Fort Smith area is being filled this fall. While boys in ninth to 12th grades have traveled 45 miles to Subiaco Academy for decades, girls had no option and had to choose a public or private school.  As a new school year commenced, a way was prepared for students in the River Valley to attend Ozark Catholic Academy on the campus of St. Joseph Parish in Tontitown. The More... 

Catholic schools welcome five new school administrators

By Malea Hargett, Published: August 17, 2022   

BENTON Our Lady of Fatima Nancy Handloser Hometown: Little Rock Education: University of Arkansas at Little Rock, bachelor’s degree in elementary education, 1989; University of Arkansas at Little Rock, master’s degree in educational administration and supervision, 2003 Educational experience: Our Lady of the Holy Souls, Little Rock, kindergarten and first-grade teacher, four years; The Cathedral School, Little Rock, assistant to the head of the new middle school and tutor for elementary school and elementary teacher, four years; Our Lady of More...