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Subiaco's Brother Raban preparing for priestly ordination

By Aprille Hanson Spivey, Published: January 27, 2022   

At 32 years old, Brother Raban Heyer had a happy, monastic life at Subiaco Abbey. He made his final profession in December 2018, served as the abbey’s vocations director and taught English, chaired the English department and coached track and field... More 

Sister Mary Clare, OSB, elected prioress of Holy Angels

By Chris Price, Published: January 26, 2022   

Sister Mary Clare Bezner, OSB, was elected prioress of the Olivetan Benedictine Sisters of Holy Angels Convent in Jonesboro Saturday, Jan. 22, and will now be called Mother Mary Clare. Msgr. Scott Friend, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in... More 

Benedict XVI corrects statement for Munich abuse report

By Cindy Wooden , Published: January 26, 2022   

Amending a written statement made to a panel investigating clerical sexual abuse in his former Archdiocese of Munich and Freising, retired Pope Benedict XVI said he was present at a 1980 meeting to discuss the transfer of a priest accused of misconduct. "He... More 

U.S. military interpreter out of Afghanistan, into Arkansas

By Chris Price, Published: January 25, 2022   

A patriot at heart, Abdull wanted to see Afghanistan rise from decades of war and tribal conflict to become a safe, secure, modern nation.  His father fought to repel the Russians in the nine-year Soviet–Afghan War and opposed the militant... More 

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 

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