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May 27, 2022

Pope Francis named Father Erik Pohlmeier, who has served the Diocese of Little Rock for 24 years, the next bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine. He will be ordained and installed Friday, July 22. 

Heading to Florida 

Pope Francis appointed Father Erik Pohlmeier the next bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine. For the past 24 years, Bishop-elect Pohlmeier has served as a pastor in the Diocese of Little Rock. He is currently the director of the diocese's faith formation and deacon formation as well as pastor of Christ the King Church in Little Rock. 
Which Catholic diocese has a larger population?

a. Little Rock
b. St. Augustine

(Answer at the bottom)


In his book "Love and Responsibility," St. John Paul II spoke of the demands of love, and how as love increases, so the sense of responsibility for the other increases. Authentic love includes responsibility, and often that responsibility is transformative and draws the best out of us. In the Gospel (John 14:23), Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever loves me will keep my word...” Jesus is loving, and his love is demanding. Listening to and following Jesus’ words and commands is transformative.

Reflection: Take a few minutes today and notice how Jesus loves you. Notice how you love like Jesus. Notice how love is demanding and draws the best out of you. Notice how love without responsibility is not loving as Jesus loves.  

— Deacon Danny Hartnedy


St. Joan of Arc

May 30

At  age 12, Joan of Arc (1412-1431) had visions of the Archangel Michael, St. Margaret and St. Catherine of Alexandria instructing her to support the king of France in the Hundred Years War against the English. She joined the fight and quickly made an impact but was captured by the English, put on trial for heresy, found guilty and burned to death May 30, 1431, at just 19 years old. She was rehabilitated by a papal commission in 1456 and canonized in 1920. Today she is an icon of France and the Church.


Sell cars or move home  

My wife and I are in our late 20s, and we have two kids. Our combined income is about $110,000 a year, but we have $70,000 in loans on two cars, plus about $15,000 in credit card debt. My in-laws have offered to let us move in with them to save money while we pay down debt. Do you think this is a good idea?
Keep your dignity, sell the cars.


Vocations 2022

Arkansas Catholic's special section, Vocations 2022: In service to others contains articles about the diocese's two soon-to-be priests, Jaime Nieto and Daniel Wendel; a report on a documentary on Arkansas' own Father Stephen Gadberry; and how priests - including married priests - in the Diocese of Little Rock face celibacy and chastity.


June 5: Pentecost Sunday
June 5: Deacon Recommitment Mass, Rogers
June 6-10: Priests' Retreat, Subiaco


"We are all one Church, so while we in Arkansas are proud of Bishop-elect Pohlmeier and sending him to Florida will be a great sacrifice for us, we rejoice in the good fortune of the Diocese of St. Augustine and know that the Lord must love them very much to give them such a fine man to be their next bishop."

— Bishop Anthony B. Taylor on
Father Erik Pohlmeier

May aSpirations

Six-peat for Catholic High's fitness team
Holy Souls' robotics team takes on the world

• Retreat pairs watercolor painting and prayer
Answer: a. Little Rock

There are approximately 154,000 Catholics in the Diocese of Little Rock, which includes all of Arkansas' 75 counties. More than 149,000 Catholics make up the 17-county Diocese of St. Augustine, one of seven Catholic dioceses in Florida. 

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