The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Catholic Schools Herald, November 2015

Throughout the school year, Arkansas Catholic helps to celebrate Catholic education in the state with Catholic Schools Herald. In this section, you'll find a variety of topics, including what schools are doing for the Year of Mercy, the newest "silent" language course taught at Mount St. Mary Academy and how Sister Judith Marie inspires with her call to religious life and teaching. 


Mercy of God will be taught, lived in Catholic schools

By Aprille Hanson, Published: November 17, 2015   

Children in Arkansas Catholic schools learn about various teachings of the faith throughout the school year, but 2016 will bring a new emphasis — mercy. In March, Pope Francis announced the Holy Year of Mercy is an extraordinary jubilee to emphasis the Church’s “mission to be a witness of mercy,” according to a Catholic News Service article. “Children need mercy too,” said Paige Coppola, vice principal of Christ the King School in Little Rock. “Every day in More... 

ASL now a language elective for Mount St. Mary girls

By Aprille Hanson, Published: November 12, 2015   

While “hola,” “bonjour” and “salve” echo through the Spanish, French and Latin classes at Mount St. Mary Academy, one language course is full of energy without making a sound. This year, MSM is offering a semester-long American Sign Language course for students to have better outreach to the local deaf community and as an option for students with learning differences to learn an additional language more easily. “One of our Mercy values is the dignity of all More... 

Fort Smith school celebrates Benedictine in classroom

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: November 12, 2015   

FORT SMITH — It was “Terrific Tuesday” at Christ the King Elementary School, and almost everyone — students, teachers, staff and custodians — wore bright tie-dye school T-shirts. The school’s new Spanish teacher, neatly dressed in a long black jumper and pressed white shirt, proclaimed the good news: “There’s a sister on the faculty.” Sister Judith Marie Timmerman, OSB, has returned to teaching after three years of being a student herself. She felt the call to More... 

Catholic schools obligated to teach religious vocations

By Vernell Bowen, Published: November 12, 2015   

Pope Francis declared Nov. 29, 2014, to Feb. 2, 2016, as the Year of Consecrated Life. The purpose of the year is to be grateful for the past and embrace the future with hope. We are all consecrated in our baptism to follow Jesus. However, some are in what we call a special state of commitment to the consecrated life and to carry out the mission of Jesus. We are most familiar with the religious brothers and sisters of particular orders. They have taken More... 

Enrollment, testing scores for Catholic Schools in state

Published: November 12, 2015   

Enrollment Schools: 27 Total enrollment: 6,776 Elementary enrollment: 4,774 Secondary enrollment: 2,002 Percentage of Catholic students: 78.5 Total enrollment in preschools: 716   Race and ethnicity Percentage of white students:  88.4 Percentage of Asian students: 4.3 Percentage of black students: 1.7 Percentage of multi-racial students: 4.1 Percentage of Hispanic students: 11.3* The remaining students are Native American, from the Pacific island region or unknown. *Hispanic is not considered a race but an ethnic group.    Staffing Total professional staff: 651 Percentage of staff who are laypeople: 97.6 Percentage of staff who are Catholic: 79.4   Costs Average annual More...