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Aug. 26, 2022

Father John Marconi, former pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Souls Church in Little Rock, celebrates at the grand opening of the new $2 million STEAM Lab July 21 with principal Amber Bagby (center) and assistant principal Sarah Richards.

Back to the books

With the start of the new school year, Arkansas Catholic has been able to report on some positive news in the schools. Holy Souls School in Little Rock opened its new $2-million addition, including a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) lab. Ozark Catholic Academy is offering transportation to students who live in the River Valley and want to attend a Catholic high school. And five schools have new administrators. 
Fort Smith has been without a Catholic high school for _____ years.

A. 49
B. 21
C. 36

(Answer at the bottom)


Jesus says, “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” (John 3:34) “The family is a school of deeper humanity; a school of love.” (St. John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio) In the family, we all learn what it means to be a human person. We learn the deepest values that we hold. As parents, we are teaching our children innumerable things. It is important to be aware and understand what we are passing on to them not only intentionally, but also through osmosis: to be attentive to what we are teaching simply by the way we are: how we drive, solve conflict, speak to and about our spouse, how we talk to and about our children.

Reflection: Spend some time with Heavenly Father today and visit with him about our families. Explore how they are schools of humanity and love, and how they could improve in any area. 

— Deacon Danny Hartnedy


St. Teresa of Kolkata

Sept. 5

Raised in a deeply Catholic family in Albania, Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu joined the Sisters of Loreto in 1928 and took the name Teresa. The community sent her to Kolkata, India, where she taught children for two decades. In 1946 Teresa heard God’s call to quench the thirst of Jesus by caring for the poorest of the poor. She left the Sisters of Loreto to rescue the sick and destitute in the slums of Kolkata. She was canonized in 2016.


Will or trust?

How do you know if a will or a trust is best for you?
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New UA campus center

St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish is building a new center. How can you get involved?



3: Labor Day Bazaar, Paris
5: St. Teresa of Kolkata Feast Day Mass, Little Rock
5: Labor Day, diocesan offices and schools closed
8-9:  New St. Joseph High School open house, Conway


"This wisdom of old age is the place of our gestation, which illuminates the lives of children, of young people, of adults, of the entire community. We, the elderly should be this for others; a light for others."

-- Pope Francis, Aug. 24

August aSpirations

Father Alejandro Puello now an American citizen
Father Mark Stengel followed family into Benedictine order

Grandparents Camp a success in Barling
Answer: A
The coeducational St. Anne High School closed in 1973. 

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