The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Open Eyes: New Catholics 2015

"Open my eyes to see clearly
the wonders of your law"

Psalm 119:18

This year's RCIA section for Arkansas Catholic features testimonials, a list of new Catholics and a profile on Brett Carter of Little Rock who struggled with faith for many years. We welcome these new Catholics and pray for them on their new walk of faith.


New Catholic wants to help others get RCIA formation

By Aprille Hanson, Published: April 1, 2015   

As a teenager, Brett Carter came to a life-impacting conclusion — God does not exist.  “It’s easy if you don’t want to acknowledge what control you have as a human in this world. To look at famine, to look at the immigration problems we’re having now which is really a refugee problem and say, ‘How can this happen if there is a God? There can’t be a God or else this wouldn’t happen,’” Carter said. “But More... 

Why am I becoming Catholic?

Published: April 1, 2015   

“I’d have to say that there was a feeling that something was missing from our spiritual lives. We were both lifelong conservative evangelicals. As the years went by, we began to notice a definite movement away from what we considered biblical and theological truth. Then when studying history, we began to realize that the early Church, the original Church, was so very Catholic. At that point, it was the true beginning. As a couple, our More... 

Welcome, new Catholics

Published: April 1, 2015   

New Catholics will enter the Church during the Easter vigil on Holy Saturday, April 4. These 579 people have participated in their parish’s Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Formerly known as the catechumenate, the elect have not been baptized and have been formed in the Christian faith and life to enter the Church. During the Easter vigil, they will be baptized, confirmed and receive their first Communion. Candidates are baptized members of other Christian churches who More...