House of Formation

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor dedicated the $1.6 million House of Formation on the grounds of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Little Rock on Sept. 20, 2012. It serves as a home for those discerning a vocation to the priesthood for the Diocese of Little Rock. The 6,000-square-foot building is located on the site of the former convent at Our Lady of Good Counsel. It includes a chapel, kitchen, meeting room/library, dining room, common area, 10 student rooms and two priest apartments.

Msgr. Scott Friend, vocations director, and Msgr. Richard Oswald, director of spiritual formation, live in the priest apartments, while Father Ruben Quinteros, prefect, lives in a student room. The other nine bedrooms are occupied by seminarians studying at local colleges and discerners who are considering becoming seminarians.

Since 2009 discerners and seminarians studying at local colleges have lived together while discerning their call or getting an English-language education. Initially, the diocese rented a four-bedroom house and then in 2011 the men moved temporarily to Fletcher Hall on the grounds of St. John Catholic Center while their new home could be built.

Bishop Taylor blessed the site of the new construction on March 8, 2012. Play the video to the right to hear what the bishop said about why the house of formation was needed. If you would like to make a donation toward the house of formation or seminarian education, please Contact Us.