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Open Your Hearts in Welcome

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor challenged the faithful to greater love of others and acceptance of God's plan in his 2011 initiative "Open Your Hearts in Welcome." 


Open Your Hearts in Welcome priorities still relevant

By Malea Hargett, Published: March 10, 2013   

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor’s priorities for 18 months starting in September 2011 will continue to be important even if the time frame for the initiative is over. Bishop Taylor announced during the Chrism Mass in April 2011 that he would be issuing three priorities in the fall for the Diocese of Little Rock. He had attended the Good Leaders Good Shepherds program designed for bishops and was encouraged to list three priorities for his episcopacy. At More... 

Challenges unique to women’s vocations addressed

By Dwain Hebda, Published: March 10, 2013      

While the Diocese of Little Rock has performed admirably in the area of helping young men discern a vocation to the priesthood, challenges remain helping more young women enter religious life. Msgr. Scott Friend, director of the diocesan vocations office, points out women face unique circumstances that challenge their discernment. “It’s a complicated thing,” he said. “With diocesan priests, it’s relatively easy to say, ‘This is what we need, this is what we do and these are More... 

Changes to Roman Missal increasingly rote, familiar

By Dwain Hebda, Published: March 10, 2013   

The advance preparation many Arkansas parishes took to ready congregants for the 2011 changes to the Roman Missal, along with notes placed in pews to help worshipers, paid off with a relatively smooth transition to the new liturgy over the past year. Msgr. Richard Oswald, diocesan director of divine worship, said verbal miscues have receded to a minimum as most of the faithful have incorporated the liturgical changes to weekly Mass with little difficulty. “Overall, I’d say More... 

Retrieving lapsed Catholics starts with ‘Welcome home’

By Dwain Hebda, Published: March 10, 2013   

Mary Haddock was raised about as Catholic as you can be. The 57-year-old was born, educated and married in the Catholic faith and reared two sons the same way. Yet even as life took her from her native Detroit to New Jersey, something always seemed to be missing. “I always found the Church to be very cold and distanced. I felt left out,” she said. “I lived two blocks from the Catholic church when I lived More... 

Trainers needed to keep up with rise in NFP demand

By Dwain Hebda, Published: March 7, 2013   

Two years ago, the diocese’s Family Life office was beating the drum for the effectiveness and morality of natural family planning methodologies to an audience of roughly eight couples a month. Now, 18 months into the wake of the Diocese of Little Rock’s decision to make NFP mandatory for all engaged couples, the office is still trying to drum up numbers, this time of enough teachers to meet demand. “Before the mandate, we would annually train about More...