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March 25, 2022

John Roberto, founder and team leader of Lifelong Faith Associates based in Cheshire, Conn., speaks to the diocese's priests about faith formation in the parishes March 22 at the St. John Center in Little Rock as part of the spring continuing education workshop.

After the seminary

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor expects Arkansas' priests will attend continuing education every year to improve their intellectual development and gain new perspectives on how to approach ministerial situations. He said it is especially true in regard to current issues that may not have been present when they were in the seminary.
How many days of continuing education does the diocese's Office of Continuing Education of the Clergy offer priests in the Diocese of Little Rock?

a. 6
b. 10
c. 15

(Answer at the bottom)


The three practices of Lent are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. At times we may not know how to pray. “In the same way, the Spirit too comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit itself intercedes with inexpressible groanings” (Rm 8:26). This is good news for us. It is important for us to commit to a daily time of prayer, but part of entering into that relationship is a willingness to struggle with the words. To speak from the depths of our soul - in groanings, stumblings, inadequate or incomplete words. The key is to keep the communication lines open, not that the communication is "perfect."

Reflection: What is your Lenten prayer resolution? How is it going? 

— Deacon Danny Hartnedy


St. Benedict the Moor

April 4

Born in Sicily, Benedict (1526-1589) was the son of African slaves but given his freedom. Benedict became a Franciscan lay brother. He served as a cook k but drew many visitors because of his reputation for holiness and miracles. Despite his illiteracy, Benedict, sometimes known as Benedict the Black or Benedict the African, was chosen as superior and also as a novice master. He is a patron saint of African-Americans in the United States.


Debt settlement  

I’ve been seeing lots of ads lately for debt consolidation companies, debt settlement companies and the HELOC. Are any of these methods for reducing debt a good idea?


Eat meat today

The feast of the Annunciation today is a solemnity, so abstaining from meat is not required. The faithful are encouraged to perform other acts of penance. 


April 1-3: Permanent Diaconate Formation Weekend (English), Little Rock
April 2: Junktique sale, Little Rock
April 3: Youth Advisory and Adult Advisory Councils Meeting, Little Rock 
April 8-10: Catholic Youth Convention, Little Rock


"At this dark time, we are united with the suffering people of Ukraine. May Our Lady of Fatima and the patron saint of Kyiv, St. Michael the Archangel, guide all peoples in the pursuit of peace and watch over all those in the path of war."

-- USCCB statement March 16 calling for end to Russia's unprovoked war on Ukraine

March aSpirations

Fish fries return as COVID numbers fall
Sister Pierre celebrates her 100th birthday

• Deacon Mark Verkamp's bond with St. Joseph
Answer: (a. 6)
The Office of Continuing Education of the Clergy has two three-day workshops for priests during the year, one in the spring and one in the fall. 

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