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April 29, 2022

Father Daniel Velasco, seen here in August 2020, has been appointed administrator of Our Lady of the Holy Souls Church in Little Rock, director of spiritual direction formation for the Diocese of Little Rock and director of spiritual formation for the House of Formation in Little Rock. The native of Puebla, Mexico, was ordained a priest Aug. 15, 2020. (Arkansas Catholic file photo, Travis McAfee)

New priest assignments

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor announced new priest assignments, with 32 changes made, including two new priests to be ordained in May, one retirement and new diocesan leaders for faith formation and diaconate formation. Changes will be effective July 1.
Which Arkansas priest will become a senior priest on July 1?

a. Father Joseph Marconi
b. Father John Marconi
c. Father William A. Elser

(Answer at the bottom)


I recently heard it said, “We are all juggling many balls in the air, but only one is made of glass. The glass one is our primary relationships with God, spouse and children.” The glass one is the one we do not want to drop. The book of Sirach offers wisdom on our primary relationship with our spouse: “A wife is her husband’s richest treasure” (Sirach 36:29), “Sheepfolds and orchards bring flourishing health; but better than either, a devoted wife...A friend, a neighbor, are timely guides, but better than either, a prudent wife” (Sirach 19 and 23). Marriage and family are designed by God to be the privileged place for growth in virtue and to experience deep love.

Reflection: Spend some time today visiting with God about your spouse and children. What is your deepest desire, need and joy right now?  

— Deacon Danny Hartnedy


St. Damien of Moloka’i

May 10

St. Damian was born in Belgium in 1840. He quit school at age 13 to work the family farm and, at 19, joined the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary. In 1864 he volunteered for a mission to the Hawaiian Islands. In 1873, he volunteered to work at the leprosy colony on Molokai. He contracted the disease in 1884 and died of its complications in 1889. A "martyr of charity,” he was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009.


Multiple insurance policies? 

A relative of mine recently mentioned she had two life insurance policies. Is it OK for a person to have more than one life insurance policy? If so, why would someone do that?
What's your situation?


Catholic school retirements  

As the 2021-2022 academic year nears its end, Catholic schools are saying goodbye to seven long-term teachers and staff members.  What else has been happening in our Catholic schools?


May 3: Calix Society of Central Arkansas Meeting, Little Rock 
May 6-7: Immaculate Conception School Spring Festival, Fort Smith
May 8: World Day of Prayer for Vocations
May 9: Installation to Candidacy of Diocesan Seminarians Mass, Little Rock


"We live in a time, with digital doorways everywhere, where the opportunities for trauma to our young people are more prevalent than ever." 

— Chris McKenna, National Catholic Educational Association annual conference in New Orleans, April 20

April aSpirations

Beekeeping has many Catholic connections
• St. Mark's 4-H teens teach adults technology

Ozark Catholic students' working spring break
Answer: (b. Father John Marconi)

On July 1, Father John Marconi will be relieved of his responsibilities as pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Souls Church in Little Rock to become senior priest. 

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