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Vocations 2023

Get to know transitional deacons Nathan Ashburn and John Paul Hartnedy as they approach their ordination to the diocesan priesthood May 27, 2023 in Little Rock. At the same time, 63 men have been accepted for studies to become permanent deacons for the Diocese of Little Rock and will begin their formation classes in August. See more in the May 20, 2023 issue of Arkansas Catholic.


‘Share in all of it’: Ashburn wants to walk with people

By Aprille Hanson Spivey , Published: May 20, 2023   

Ahead of his priestly ordination, Deacon Nathan Ashburn felt all the typical emotions — nervousness, excitement and relief that seminary schoolwork was over. But more than anything, it was joy, knowing he was about to live out who he was meant to be. “It’s like I finally get the chance to do what I enjoy, to do what I was called to do,” Ashburn told Arkansas Catholic April 17. Ashburn, 34, will be ordained a Diocese of More... 

Hartnedy took advice: ‘Figure out what God wants for me’

By Malea Hargett, Published: May 19, 2023   

Deacon John Paul Hartnedy said he is ready to dive into being a diocesan priest. “Right now, I feel mostly excited,” he said. “Sometimes fears of the unknown or my lack of experience will crop up. But most of the time, I feel ready. I feel like I am perched on a diving board. I have never been a priest before. Even when the days are difficult … I still feel fulfilled and joyful. The Lord More... 

What is a vocation?

Published: May 17, 2023   

The Minister for Religious and Youth and Campus Ministry offices hosted a women's religious discernment retreat at St. John Center in Little Rock April 21-22. Sisters around the diocese shared their vocation stories to help the young women learn how God calls individuals to religious life. Topics included what a vocation is and learning how to discern a call to religious life. More...