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Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal began in 1990 to provide critical funding for the pastoral, educational and social needs of our diocese. Through the generosity of Catholics in the Diocese of Little Rock, we have been able to help the poor, developing parishes and our Catholic schools to continue their ministries in promoting the teachings of Jesus. Donations have also helped to educate deacons, lay ministers and seminarians from across the state as well as make all ministries of the diocese a success. To learn how to give to CASA, see Options for Giving.

Open Your Hearts in Welcome 2015

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The 2015 Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal (CASA) begins Feb. 7-8 in parishes across the state. A recorded homily from Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will be played at all Masses in English and Spanish. Pledge envelopes will be handed out asking parishioners to meet this year's $2 million goal. CASA supports various diocesan, parish and school ministries. This year's theme, is "Open Your Hearts in Welcome."

"Our religious have long been ministers of healing, education and welcome to all people, which today we need more than ever,"  — Bishop Anthony B. Taylor"One area where I invite you to open your hearts is to welcome vocations to vowed religious life, and especially to help promote female religious vocations" said Bishop Taylor in his 2015 CASA homily. In addition to being financially independent, each religious order "has its own distinct call and its own vision of how to form its members." There are 25 different orders represented in Arkansas, each with its own vocations director and charism. "This can be very confusing to a young person who feels called to religious life. For this reason, the diocese uses money raised from our annual Catholic Arkansas Sharing Appeal to fund our minister for religious, Sister Joan Pytlik, DC, to help with this discernment."

"This is just one reason I am asking you to donate to CASA, which funds our diocesan offices, including Sister Joan, and other offices supportive of Pope Francis' call for evangelization, like our Faith Formation Office and our offices for the permanent diaconate, for Catholic schools, and for youth ministry and campus ministry," the bishop said. "It also funds or partially funds many other things, including the education of our seminarians and the efforts of Catholic Charities, all of which serve to enliven our efforts to spread the Good News of 'the undeserved mercy and forgiveness of Jesus Christ.' For a complete list of ministries supported by CASA read Arkansas Catholic.

This year's CASA video demonstrates that no donation is too small. They all matter. If you want to know how donations to CASA are used, watch this video (below) to get a sampling of the ministries this appeal supports.