Associations of the Faithful

Updated Aug. 18, 2023

An association of the faithful is a group of the Christian faithful who unite in a common effort: (a.) to foster a more perfect life, to promote public worship or Christian doctrine, or (b.) to exercise other works of the apostolate such as initiatives of evangelization, works of piety or charity, and those which transform the secular world through the workings of a Christian spirit. An association of the faithful may be composed of clerics, lay persons, or clerics and lay persons together and such associations are distinct from institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life. Associations of the faithful in the Diocese of Little Rock include but are not limited to the following:

Little Portion Hermitage

Brothers & Sisters of Charity (BSC)

The Brothers and Sisters of Charity at Little Portion Hermitage and Monastery is an integrated community of celibate monks, sisters, singles who can marry and have families, with a domestic expression of laity and clergy who live in their own homes throughout the world. They also integrate the solitude of the hermitage and community, contemplative community and apostolic action, the charismatic and contemplative, liturgical and spontaneous spirituality. They live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and engage in a wide variety of ministries according to their gifts and the needs of the Church. They also operate St. Clare Monastery in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit Little Portion Hermitage.

General Minister: John Michael Talbot, BSC
Vicar General Minister: Viola Talbot, BSC
350 County Road 248
Berryville, AR 72616
Phone: (479) 253-0253
Fax: (888) 420-5678

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Calix Society of Central Arkansas

Calix Society of Central Arkansas, sponsored by the Diocese of Little Rock, is a unit of the national organization founded in 1947 in Minnesota for Alcoholics in recovery and their families to come together for support and spiritual healing. The group is Catholic, guided by a chaplain and open to all faiths. All are welcome to attend the monthly meetings including family and friends who are affected. To learn more, visit For meeting times, go to the Calendar of Events.

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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.

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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 website for Knights of Columbus.

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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 the website for Ladies of Charity of Arkansas.

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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, visi the website for Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Arkansas.

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St. Joseph's Helpers / Arkansas Pregnancy Resource Center

St. Joseph's Helpers is a Catholic, nonprofit pregnancy resource center in Little Rock that serves women, children and families who are facing difficult pregnancy decisions. To learn more, see Catholic Social Service Agencies.

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