The Official Newspaper of the Diocese of Little Rock


Recent Articles from Arkansas Catholic

More than 180 Afghan refugees now expected in Arkansas

By Chris Price, Published: January 24, 2022   

Arkansas has welcomed nearly double the number of Afghan refugees since it was announced in September. It was initially expected that 98 would come to Arkansas, but 180 are now calling this their new home. Catholic Charities’ Refugee Resettlement... More 

Years after his death, Martin Luther King inspiring Catholics

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: January 21, 2022   

In 1958, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to students at what is now the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff, and student John Jacob was in the crowd.  “I did meet him. Because I was nosy, I walked up and introduced myself to him,” the... More 

Claudette Votor wins Diocese's 2022 Daniel Rudd Award

By Chris Price, Published: January 20, 2022         

Two months ago, Claudette Votor was laid up in a hospital bed, thinking she was in the fight of her life. “They thought it was cancer,” Votor said. “I just looked up at the cross on the wall, and all I could say was, ‘Help.’ “That’s... More 

Listen to God to hear what is your true calling

By Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, Published: January 19, 2022   

Each of us has a calling in life, and it’s up to us to discover what that calling is. A calling is not the same thing as a career. A career is something we choose; a calling is something God chooses for us. We choose our careers by looking at... More 

Sister Catherine Markey, OSB, died Dec. 11 at 94

Published: January 19, 2022   

Sister Catherine Markey, OSB, a religious sister for 74 years and advocate for social justice and peace, died Dec. 11 in Fort Smith. She was 94.  She was born Sept. 29, 1927, to Joseph J. and Rose Flanagan Markey in Newton, Mass. Sister Catherine... More 

Winter weather, COVID don’t stop the pro-life movement

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: January 19, 2022   

Kneeling on the stone-tiled floor of the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock, 19-year-old April Conant’s hands were upturned in praise, as she, under her mask, mouthed the words to “Rest on Us,” while youth from Team Jesus performed.... More 

The 10th annual 9 Days for Life novena Jan. 19-27

Catholic News Service, Published: January 18, 2022   

The 10th annual "9 Days for Life" novena, sponsored by the U.S. bishops' Committee on Pro-Life Activities, takes place this year from Jan. 19 to Jan. 27. Catholics nationwide are invited to take part in this novena for the protection... More 

'Pilgrims of Hope' approved as motto for Holy Year 2025

By Carol Glatz , Published: January 17, 2022   

Pope Francis approved "Pilgrims of Hope" as the motto for the Holy Year 2025. The motto aims to give a concise sense of the full meaning of the jubilee journey, Archbishop Rino Fisichella told Vatican News Jan. 13. The words "pilgrims"... More 

Five schools take hard look at how they can survive, thrive

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: January 14, 2022   

When six Catholic schools in the Diocese of Little Rock began taking part in a four-year program through Catholic School Management to improve school image and communication, marketing and enrollment back in 2018, they didn’t anticipate the sweeping... More 

Little Rock cathedral scores Catholic music conference

By Chris Price, Published: January 13, 2022   

More than 35 professional musicians who serve cathedrals in the United States and Canada gathered in Arkansas for the first time to exchange ideas and grow in their ministry. The 39th annual Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians was held... More