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June 10, 2022

Fathers Jaime Nieto (left) and Daniel Wendel flank Bishop Anthony B. Taylor, who ordained both to the priesthood at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock, May 28.

Sharing Jesus' mission 

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor ordained Fathers Jaime Nieto and Daniel Wendel at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock, May 28, fulfilling their call from God to be his priests. The two will forever be connected in ordination and couldn’t be more representative of the Church in Arkansas today — an immigrant from Mexico and a born-and-raised Arkansan from a large Catholic family. 
Which reading did Fathers Jaime Nieto and Daniel Wendel select for their ordination as priests?

a. Genesis 1:1-5
b. Isaiah 61:1-3, 6, 8-9
c. John 3:16-18
d. Acts 6: 1-7

(Answer at the bottom)


I recently heard a priest teaching on the mercy of God experienced during the penitential rite during Mass and the sacrament of reconciliation. As he was elaborating on the beauty of God’s mercy and its transformative power, God's grace invited a flood of memories in which I had experienced precisely what the priest was describing. I was profoundly consoled and encouraged. As I sat there I was moved to tears contemplating not only God’s great goodness to people in general but also to myself specifically.

Reflection: Today, take some time and remember God’s goodness to you - times of experiencing his personal mercy and love, times of deep joy, great courage or peace. Savor these moments of encounter with God. 

— Deacon Danny Hartnedy


St. Paula Frassinetti

June 11

Paula Frassinetti was born in the politically turbulent early 19th century in Genoa, Italy. With her priest- brother, she taught the poor children of the parish of Quinto and founded the Congregation of St. Dorothy. Despite many obstacles and few resources, the new teaching institute eventually prospered as Paula’s deep prayer life and wisdom became widely known. The congregation spread to other Italian cities, Portugal and Brazil. Pope John Paul II declared Paula a saint in 1984. 


How to be stay-at-home mom 

My husband and I are in our mid-20s, expecting our first baby and debt-free, except for our mortgage. It has always been our dream for me to stay home with our kids and maybe even homeschool them. My husband makes more than enough for us to live on. What do you think, Dave? 
Do what is best for your family.


Meet the new deacons

Arkansas Catholic's special section Deacon Ordinations 2022 
includes brief Q&As with the 46 men Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will ordain as permanent deacons for the Diocese of Little Rock at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 11 at Christ the King Church in Little Rock and 10 a.m., Saturday, June 25 at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Rogers.


11: Permanent Diaconate Ordination, Little Rock
12: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity 
12: Search Team Meeting, Little Rock
18: Arkansas Eucharistic Revival Opening Mass, Little Rock & Rogers
18-19: Church in Latin America Collection
19: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)


"We urge all members of Congress to reflect on the compassion all of you undoubtedly feel in light of these tragic events and be moved to action because of it."

— Archbishop Paul S. Coakley,
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone,
Archbishop William E. Lori and
Bishop Thomas A. Daly
in a June 3 letter to Congress
following the Uvalde, Texas, shooting

June aSpirations

• Meet Mount St. Mary's new head of school
• Hats off and best of luck to the Class of 2022

• USCCB's three-year Eucharistic Revival begins
Answer: b. Isaiah 61:1-3, 6, 8-9

Fathers Jaime Nieto and Daniel Wendel selected Isaiah 61:1-3, 6, 8-9 - which begins, "The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me" - to be read at their ordination as priests.

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Arkansas Catholic
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