Guardian Angels — Catholics like you — have brought decades of Catholic history in Arkansas to the Internet, free to everyone. It's an exciting success story that prepares us for the next step.
Faith for the future
The future of our Church depends on keeping a place in the hearts — and eyes — of young adults. Bombarded by secularity in every kind of electronic media, connecting with them means offering news of the faith through the technology they use.
They are more interested in digital news, social media, e-mail and websites than in printed material. They’ll watch video before they’ll read words. Many of them connect exclusively through their phones, and are more comfortable in Spanish than in English.
Your Guardian Angels membership supports technology, training, translation and other resources to help keep those young adults connected to the Church — and better serve all Catholics in the diocese at the same time.
Making a difference
Thanks to Guardian Angels, Arkansas Catholic has been able to assure that engaging, faith-filled content is easy to find — for all ages. That includes posting on five social media platforms and work like:
• Creating a monthly podcast called Arkansas Catholic Asks that interviews faith leaders about issues that matter to Arkansans
• Developing video to show online and in parishes to explain the diocese's new One Church initiative
• Organizing Communications Day to help parishes and schools learn digital tools to spread the Gospel
The number of sessions of people reading the Arkansas Catholic website has more than doubled since 2011, and the number of users nearly so. Launching an affordable digital edition of the newspaper more than quadrupled the number of subscribers who get their complete newspaper online and have searchable access to archives back to 2002. A free e-mail newsletter, aSpire, now reaches nearly 2,000 subscribers.
Nearly 4,500 users "like" Arkansas Catholic's Facebook page, follow and share posts with their friends. Ongoing programs and special event videos draw users from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We also develop content for Diocese of Little Rock pages on Facebook and YouTube.
None of this is cheap or easy, but it is making a difference! And there is far more that needs to be done.
How can I help?
First, please pray for Arkansas Catholic and the success of projects funded through the Guardian Angels. Then, search your heart and your budget to determine how much you can give. Any gift is helpful, of any amount, toward our mission of keeping young adults engaged with the Church.
Every gift counts
A Guardian Angels sustaining membership is a monthly gift that is convenient, ongoing and secure. Sustaining members are crucial to providing an ongoing base of support that we can rely on, to make longer-term plans and budget our spending more efficiently.
Angel (supporter): For donors who give a one-time gift of at least $60, or a monthly gift of $5 a month
Archangel (partner): For donors who give a one-time gift of at least $120, or a monthly gift of $10 a month
Evangelist (patron): For donors who give a one-time gift of at least $300, or a monthly gift of $25 a month
Arkansas Catholic will announce new and renewing members in the newspaper, with our thanks.
For more than a hundred years, our diocesan newspaper has recorded history as it happened. The archive pages bear witness to the Catholic faith in Arkansas in a way that no hindsight retelling could match. Hundreds of Guardian Angels supported scanning years of archives into a digital format that will never fade, crumble or be lost to fire or natural disaster. Since 2010, every issue in every bound volume from 1911 through 2001 has been protected from the ravages of time, digitally scanned and processed and posted online, freely available to inspire new Catholic generations.
These years of The Guardian have been "adopted" for preservation through the Guardian Angels fund.
1921: In memory of Lil Buford, remembering the year of her birth.
1945: In memory of Lil Buford, remembering the year of her marriage.
1959: Sponsored by Martha Walsh
1962: Sponsored by Delores Hartman
1964: Sponsored by The Cashman Family
How can I adopt a year?
By "adopting" a year that includes a date important to you, your family or parish, you cover the cost of preserving that special time period. Honor a birth or wedding date, an ordination anniversary or the year your parish or school was founded with a donation to preserve that year. The cost of "adoption" depends on the age, condition and number of pages in the year.
Click for a response form (in PDF format) you can mail to us with your donation and prayer intentions.
For more information
If you have questions or comments about the Guardian Angels campaign, you can click here to contact editor Malea Hargett by e-mail or call (501) 664-0125 during business hours.