Deacon Papini retires after 25 years on campuses

CONWAY — With a broad smile, firm handshake and an unwavering zeal for the faith, Deacon Richard Papini has welcomed college students to Catholic Campus Ministry in Conway for 25 years.  It was something he couldn’t imagine back in 1999 when then-diocesan…

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Massery siblings amass 62 years behind piano, organ

While Dave Massery’s upbringing in a musically inclined family was certainly unique, it was all he’d ever known.  He and his five siblings, parishioners at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Little Rock, where they also attended school in the 1960s and…

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Torres leaves diocese to continue service to others

For the past 14 years, Jaime “Serio” Torres has served as the associate director of the Faith Formation Office, overseeing the St. Andrew School of Evangelization and his nationally recognized program Fuerza Transformadora.  On June 28, he is leaving his position at…

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New Blaine parishioner connects nature with art project

Name: Annie Woody  Parish: St. Scholastica Church, New Blaine Age: 75 Family: Annie and her husband Dewey have a blended family of four children, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Career: Retired controller for the Hardscrabble Country Club Why you want to know…

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Why am I becoming Catholic?

This year, 685 people are entering the Catholic Church in Arkansas. Several of these candidates and elect shared with Arkasas Catholic why they’re joining the Church. There were so many responses that we couldn’t fit them all in our printed paper —…

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Parochial schools can nudge some students to convert

Sometimes, when Protestant students attend parochial school, they feel the Holy Spirit lead them to enter the Catholic Church. With more than 650 Arkansans preparing to enter the Church this Easter season, three students shared their faith journeys as they prepare to…

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685 Arkansans prepare to join Catholic Church at Easter

During the Easter Vigil Mass, 685 people will enter the Church through baptism or by making a profession of faith. The elect, formerly known as catechumen, have not been baptized. They will receive baptism, confirmation and first Communion. Candidates are Christians who…

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Young Arkansans explore single life amid vocations

The wrinkled page 68 of diocesan faith formation director Jeff Hines’s 1921 copy of the Baltimore Catechism taught a generation of Catholics the following about vocations: “God, we are told, assigned to every one in this world a certain work to perform…

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