The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock

Catholic Beyond Culture

More than 500 people throughout the state have made an important step toward a deeper spiritual devotion to Christ by joining the Church this Easter. In this section, you'll read about Hispanics taking the next step toward their sacraments, a one-time atheist converting to Catholicism, RCIA elect and candidates sharing their conversion stories and a list of all who joined the Church. 


Blessed Mother, rosary bring Dan Rose out of darkness

By Maryanne Meyerriecks, Published: April 2, 2018   

FORT SMITH — When Dan Rose, 39, is baptized at Immaculate Conception Church during the Easter Vigil, atheism will have lost one of its most ardent supporters. “My parents were both hippies,” Rose said, “and I was never exposed to religion growing up in the Philadelphia suburbs. I read a few Bible stories as a child but never went to church. I became an atheist almost 30 years ago, and I was full on and very More... 

Beyond cultural Catholicism: Hispanics receive sacraments

By Aprille Hanson, Published: March 31, 2018      

For Danely Mendez, the question “what religion are you?” is a no-brainer — she was born and raised Catholic. But the 23-year-old parishioner of St. Raphael Church in Springdale will officially enter the Church this Easter, making her confirmation after months of attending RCIA classes. Mendez, born in Mexico and came to the United States at 2 years old, is one of many who have grown up in the Catholic faith, but are officially joining the Church More... 

Their journey home: RCIA elect, candidates join Church

Published: March 29, 2018   

This year 544 new Catholics will enter the Church in the Diocese of Little Rock during the Easter vigil on Holy Saturday, March 31. These people have participated in their parish’s Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. Elect, formerly known as catechumens, are those people who have never been baptized and want to enter the Church. During the Easter vigil, they will be baptized, confirmed and receive their first Communion. Baptized Christians who wish to become Catholic More...