Diocesan Boards and Organizations



Building Commission

The Building Commission, at the direction of the bishop, has been given the responsibility to ensure that the proper steps are taken in the planning, design and construction of new or remodeled facilities within the Diocese of Little Rock. The commission is comprised of professionals from the various trades associated with the construction industry and provides for the review process on proposed construction projects. To learn more, go to Building Commission.

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Calix Society of Central Arkansas

The Calix Society of Central Arkansas is a unit of the national Calix Society, which is a Catholic organization that helps alcoholics and their families recover and heal. To learn more visit, the diocesan Alcohol and Drug Ministry.

Diocese of Little Rock
2415 N. Tyler St.
Little Rock, AR 72207
Contact: Tom Navin
Phone: (501) 664-0340, ext. 336
Fax: (501) 664-9186
E-mail: calix@dolr.org
Website: www.calixsociety.org

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Catholic Business Women

President: Annette Rogers-Gary
8911 Sage Meadows Dr.
Little Rock, AR 72204
Phone: (501) 541-0949
E-mail: garyar@archildrens.org

  • 1st Vice President: Teresa Hayden
  • 2nd Vice President: Roseanne Smith
  • Secretary: Kay Tribo
  • Treasurer: Libba Rose
  • Spiritual Moderator: Dc. Larry Jegley
  • Counselor: Gail Clayton

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Catholic Daughters of the Americas State Board

Catholic Daughters of the Americas is a women's organization that participates in the charitable, religious and educational ministries of the Church. To learn more, visit Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

State Officers

  • State Chaplain: Fr. Tom Elliott
    7000 J. F. Kennedy Blvd.
    North Little Rock, AR 72116
    Phone: (501) 835-4323
    E-mail: fathert@fathert.com
  • State Regent: Elaine Hemann
    6900 Flintrock Rd.
    North Little Rock, AR 72116
    Phone: (501) 835-0066
    E-mail: clownalley@earthlink.net

  • 1st Vice Regent: Trudy Pascale
    35 Longmeadow
    Pine Bluff, AR 71603
    Phone: (870) 329-3798
    E-mail: twpascale@yahoo.com

  • 2nd Vice Regent: Dorothy Sanders
    228 Chick Ln.
    Little Rock, AR 72206
    Phone: (501) 681-4927
    E-mail: sdottie4x@aol.com

  • State Secretary: Linda Kay White
    460 Bayshore Dr.
    Hot Springs, AR 71901
    Phone: (501) 262-3347
    E-mail: geniedar1@yahoo.com

  • State Treasurer: Gertrude Schimmel
    6412 Trinity Village
    Pine Bluff, AR 71601-7802
    Phone: (870) 692-7010

  • National Director for Arkansas, Oklahoma and Colorado: Mary Ann Kizer
    P.O. Box 2753
    Pine Bluff, AR 71613-2753
    Phone: (870) 692-7889

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Catholic Medical Association

Sts. Cosmos and Damian Guild of Central Arkansas
President: Dr. William R. Collie IV
1201 Military Rd. Ste. 2 PMB 269
Benton, AR 72015
Phone: (501) 888-9194
E-mail: cmacentralar@gmail.com

Vice President: Dr. Daniel Cartaya
Secretary/Treasurer: Sarah J. Collie

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Christopher Homes of Arkansas Board of Directors

Christopher Homes of Arkansas, Inc. is a housing ministry of the Diocese of Little Rock that provides low-income housing to persons 62 years or older, or persons who are mobility impaired, that is safe, attractive and affordable. To learn more, visit Christopher Homes of Arkansas.

Executive Offices
2417 N. Tyler St.
Little Rock, AR 72207
Executive Director: Elizabeth Lopez
Phone: (501) 664-1881
Fax: (501) 664-1631
Website: www.christopherhomesofarkansas.org

Board of Directors

  • President: Tom Harding
  • Vice President: Kristy Angyal
  • Secretary: Ron Meyers
  • Robert Schelle
  • James Chidester
  • Msgr. Jack Harris
  • Leonard Kremers
  • Ron Lensing

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Diocesan Council for Black Catholics

The Diocesan Council for Black Catholics seeks to educate people in the Diocese of Little Rock to the needs and gifts of the black community for the purpose of inviting more of the black community to be part of the Church.

Bishop’s Liaison: Fr. Warren Harvey
Secretary: Rosalyn Pruitt
1421 E. Second St.
North Little Rock, AR 72114
Phone: (501) 375-9617
Fax: (501) 375-9617

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Diocesan Council of Religious

The Diocesan Council of Religious reports to the bishop on behalf of the religious in Arkansas, advises the minister for religious, educates clergy and laity on religious life and promotes religious vocations.

Minister for Religious: Sr. Joan Pytlik, DC
2500 N. Tyler St.
Little Rock, AR 72207
(501) 664-0340, ext. 384

  • Sr. Mary Catherine Breidt, BSC
  • Sr. Maria Goretti DeAngeli, OSB
  • Sr. Anne Henehan, RSM
  • Sr. Norma Edith Munoz, MCP
  • Br. Anthony Pierce, OSB
  • Fr. Patrick Watikha, AJ
  • Sr. Elaine Willett, OSB

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Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem

The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem is an organization of men and women charged with perserving the faith and Christian presence in the Holy Land. To learn more, visit the Vatican.

Diocesan Section Representatives: Carl F. Keller Jr. and Jane Keller
39 Huntington Rd.
Little Rock, AR 72227
Phone: (501) 228-0612

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Knights of Columbus State Board

The Knights of Columbus is a worldwide Catholic men's organization focusing on charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. To learn more, visit the Knights of Columbus.

Third Degree

State Deputy: Adrian Dominguez
613 SE Jamaica Dr.
Bentonville, AR 72712
Phone: (479) 381-0688
E-mail: arstatedeputy@arkofc.org

  • State Chaplain: Fr. William Elser
  • State Secretary: Philip Savage
  • State Treasurer: Roy Anderle
  • State Advocate: Alan L. Halman
  • State Warden: Craig Vrabel
  • Immediate Past State Deputy: Michael Kieffer

Fourth Degree

Master Of Arkansas District: Russell V. Anzalone
8 Cullen Hills Dr.
Bella Vista, AR 72715
Phone: (479) 721-1051
E-mail: randranzalone63@att.net

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Healthcare Evangelization Commission

The Healthcare Evangelization Commission was formed at the direction of Bishop Anthony B. Taylor in 2014. Comprised of representatives from the Catholic health care providers in Arkansas, the commission’s purpose is to coordinate and renew the mission of Christ’s healing presence in Arkansas, while respecting and learning from the unique charisms of other Catholic health care providers in the state.

Diocese of Little Rock
Contact: Matthew Glover, STB, JD, Vice Chancellor for Canonical Affairs
2500 N. Tyler St.
Little Rock, AR 72207
(501) 664-0340

  • Chair: Fr. Jason Tyler, STL
  • Diocesan Liaisons: Matthew Glover and Patrick Gallaher

Member Organizations  

  • Mercy
  • Daughters of Charity Services
  • Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI)
  • CHRISTUS Health
  • St. Bernards Medical Center
  • Catholic Charities of Arkansas

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Ladies of Charity of Arkansas

The motto for the Ladies of Charity is “to serve rather than be served in humility, simplicity and charity." The mission of the local association is to improve the lives of the poor and disadvantaged in the state of Arkansas through education, empowerment and evangelization. Local projects reflect the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul by addressing both the corporal and spiritual needs of those being served. To learn more, visit Ladies of Charity of Arkansas.

2500 North Tyler Street
Little Rock, AR 72207
E-mail: lcark@dolr.org
Phone: (501) 993-4560

  • President: Janie Calvert
  • Executive Vice President: Nancy Bennett
  • Secretary: Joan Finnegan
  • Treasurer: Patricia McKinley
  • Spiritual Advisor: Fr. Michael Walsh, CM
  • Sister Moderator: Sr. Doris Moore, DC

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Serra Club of Greater Little Rock

The Serra Club of Greater Little Rock is part of an international organization that exists to foster and affirm vocations to the priesthood and religious life. To learn more, visit Serra Club of Greater Little Rock.

President: John Keeling Baker
425 W. Capitol Ave. Ste. 1800
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 663-8494
E-mail: jbaker@mwlaw.com

  • Spiritual Director: Msgr. Scott Friend, VG
  • Vice President of Vocations: Beth Walter
  • Vice President of Programs: Vacant
  • Vice President of Membership: Jeff Byers
  • Vice President of Communications: Mike Hodapp
  • Secretary: Pam McCollough
  • Treasurer: Arthur Hart
  • Trustees: Yvonne Kremers, Dale Wintroath, Steve Hoffman
  • Past President: Jim France

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul District Council of Arkansas

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization that provides emergency assistance for local individuals and families in need. To learn more, visit Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Arkansas.

President: Marvin Silanas
1416 W. Poplar
Rogers, AR 72758
Phone: (479) 616-1242
E-mail: marvinsilanas@hotmail.com

  • Vice President: Betty Eccleston (dbeccleston@cox.net)
  • Secretary: Marilyn Glenn (mgsquirrelchaser@cox.net)
  • Treasurer: Freida Cruze (bingolady33@aol.com)
  • Spiritual Adviser: Sr. Anita DeSalvo, RSM (adesalvo@mercy.org)

The following parishes have a SVDP Conference:

St. Peter the Fisherman Church
221 Dyer St.
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Phone: (870) 424-0926
E-mail: jeanne@yellville.net
Contact: Jeanne McDonald

Mother Teresa Conference
St. Vincent de Paul Church
1416 W Poplar
Rogers, AR 72758
Phone: (479) 616-1242

St. John the Baptist and St. Mary of the Springs churches
100 Central Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71901
Phone: (501) 538-1062
E-mail: SaintVincentHotSprings@gmail.com

St. Albert Church, Heber Springs and St. James Church, Searcy
21 Park Road
Heber Springs, AR 72543
Phone: (501) 362-8751
Contact: Dc. Bob Morris

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Sacred Heart Conference
Blessed Sacrament Church
614 S. Church St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401
Phone: (870) 336-0392

St. Michael Conference
St. Michael Church, Cherokee Village
54 South St. Mary's Drive
Hardy, AR 72542
Phone: (870) 856-2543
Email: jlheuser1@centurytel.net
Contact: John Heuser, president

St. Anne Church, Berryville and St. Elizabeth Church, Eureka Springs
1844 Hwy 62 West
Berryville, AR 72616
Thrift Store Phone: (870) 423-3572
Contact: Joe Shaughnessy

St. Stephen Benevolent Conference
St. Stephen Church
1300 NE J Street
Bentonville, AR 72712
Phone: (479) 696-9361

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St. Thomas More Society of Arkansas

The St. Thomas More Society is a Catholic organization for attorneys, judges, law professors and others working in the legal profession.

President: Connie Brown Phillips
P.O. Box 1426
North Little Rock, AR 72115-1426
Phone: (501) 680 6919
E-mail: cbphillipslaw@gmail.com

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Updated Oct. 20, 2014