Women, men invited to focus on faith days

Published: January 17, 2024

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Women and men in Arkansas are invited to attend special events in February at Christ the King Church in Little Rock. Women are invited to attend Women of Hope, A Day of Retreat Feb. 3. Click on the button above to register online. Men are invited to the Arkansas Catholic Men’s Conference Feb. 10 Click on the button above to register online.

Special days to focus on faith for women and men will be held at Christ the King Church in Little Rock leading up to the Lenten season. Both encourage participants throughout Arkansas and beyond to attend. The Women of Hope, A Day of Retreat will be held Saturday, Feb. 3, and the Arkansas Catholic Men’s Conference will be held Super Bowl Saturday, Feb. 10. 

Women of Hope, A Day of Retreat

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor will celebrate the opening Mass for this retreat at 8:45 a.m. at Christ the King Church. Check-in and the sacrament of reconciliation will be available before Mass beginning at 7:45 a.m. The day, which will also include lunch, inspirational talks, praise and worship music and adoration, will conclude at 3 p.m. All women ages 18 and older are invited. Register online.

The featured speaker will be Melissa Foley. Franchelle Jaeger will be the retreat guide and Sarah Kroger will lead praise and worship.

The cost is $60 per person. Scholarships are available. This includes a bonus event, "An Evening of Preparation" on Friday, Feb. 2 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This evening will include reconciliation, adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and guided prayer. 

The first Women of Hope, A Day of Retreat was held in 2022. Founders of this event hope to "provide an atmosphere of hope where women can rediscover God's immense love while allowing the outside world to take a backseat, at least for the day." For more information, visit the retreat's website or email womenofhope@ctklr.org.

Arkansas Catholic Men’s Conference

Bishop Taylor will also celebrate the Mass to begin this event at 8 a.m. at Christ the King Church. Check-in begins at 6:45 a.m. followed by a rosary at 7:30 a.m. to prepare for Mass. The day, which will also include breakfast and lunch, presentations from guest speakers, the sacrament of reconciliation and adoration, will conclude by 3 p.m. All men are invited. Register online.

Featured speakers will be: Father Norman McFall, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Charleston; Jim Towey, of Falls Church, Virginia, trusted advisor and friend of St. Teresa of Kolkata (Calcutta) for 12 years; and Father Matthew Spencer, OSJ, former host of "St. Joseph’s Workshop" on Relevant Radio. They will speak to the theme: "Love As Jesus Loved."

This conference was founded in 2010 with the mission to unite Catholic men in Arkansas and inspire them to act on their faith, by providing education, fellowship and encouragement. It is free to attend, but donations are welcome. For more information, visit the conference website, Facebook page or email arcatholicmen@gmail.com.