DOLR Boards and Catholic Organizations

The following lists diocesan-wide boards and Catholic organizations in the Diocese of Little Rock. See also: Clergy BoardsDiocesan Officials and Deanery Officials.

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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Catholic Business Women

President: Barbara Blaes
56 Bristol Ct.
Little Rock, AR 72211

First Vice President: Leslie Shaw
Second Vice President: Susan Johnson
Secretary: Sharon Eckart
Treasurer: Debbie Krueger
Counselor: Rose Ann Smith

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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 Regent: Trudy Pascale
35 Longmeadow
Pine Bluff, AR 71603
Phone: (870) 329-3798

1st Vice Regent: Connie Bautwell
2nd Vice Regent: Anita Lockwood
State Secretary: Judi Ostergaard
State Treasurer: Mary Jo Smith
State Chaplain: Fr. Joseph Marconi

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Catholic Medical Association

Sts. Cosmas and Damian Guild of Central Arkansas
President: Dr. William R. Collie IV
1201 Military Rd. Ste. 2 PMB 229
Benton, AR 72015
Phone: (501) 205-0412

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

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Catholic Young Professionals Service Organization

Catholic Young Professionals Service Organization brings young adults in central Arkansas together to serve the community in the form of service projects. Members volunteer their time and talents in a variety of ways to help those in need, which includes coordinating with area social service agencies to plan projects.

Coordinator: Diane Mashburn (
Facebook Closed Group: 

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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 see list of board members, visit Christopher Homes of Arkansas.

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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: Sister Mary Clare Bezner, OSB
2500 N. Tyler St.
Little Rock, AR 72207
Phone: (501) 664-0340, ext. 384

Sr. Mary Catherine Breidt, BSC
Sr. Maria Goretti DeAngeli, OSB
Br. Anthony Pierce, OSB
Sr. Ann Hardcastle, RSM

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Diocesan Pastoral Council

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor formed this council in 2018 "to respond to Pope Francis’ encouragement to involve the laity more fully in the process by which decisions are made in our diocese and also to receive their insights regarding the life of the Church in general in Arkansas." This council meets quarterly or more often when needed. Voting members serve three-year terms, which are renewable. Meetings are convened by the bishop. Go to list of membership and view meeting minutes.

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Diocesan Review Board

Contact: Dc. Matthew Glover, chancellor for canonical affairs
2500 N. Tyler St.
Little Rock, AR 72207
Phone: (501) 664-0340

Bishop Anthony B. Taylor
Fr. John Connell, VG
Fr. Greg Luyet, JV
Laura Gottsponer, LCSW, victim assistance coordinator
Julie Chavis
Mary Devine
Melissa Nelson
Chad Sievers
Jill Irwin
Dr. George Simon
Dr. Sherry Simon

The Diocesan Review Board is a consultative body that serves to:

  • advise the bishop in his assessment of allegation of the sexual abuse of minors and in his determination of suitability for ministry
  • review diocesan policies for dealing with sexual abuse of minors
  • offer advice on all aspects of these cases, whether retrospectively or prospectively

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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 preserving the faith and Christian presence in the Holy Land. To learn more, visit the Vatican.

Diocesan Section Representative: Connie Brown Phillips, DCHS
P.O. Box 1266
Little Rock, AR 72203-1266
Phone:  (501) 680-6919

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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.

State Deputy: Roy J. Anderle
3671 Hwy. 8 W.
Mena, AR 71953
Phone: (479) 394-4519

State Chaplain: Fr. Patrick Boland, OSB
State Secretary: Alan L. Halman
State Treasurer: Lloyd J. Cambre
State Advocate: Timothy R. Malloy
State Warden: Michael W. Bowman
Immediate Past State Deputy: Philip A. Savage
Fourth Degree District Master: Jeff Priore

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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: Dc. Matthew Glover, JD, JCL
Chancellor for Canonical Affairs
2500 N. Tyler St.
Little Rock, AR 72207
(501) 664-0340

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

Member Organizations  

Mercy Health System
Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI)
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.

President: Amanda Crawford
2500 N. Tyler St.
Little Rock, AR 72207
Phone: (501) 664-0340

Vice President: Vacant
Secretary: Lori Jones
Treasurer: Cheryl Smith
Sister Moderator: Sr. Mary Ann Azar, DC
Spiritual Advisor: Vacant

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Pax Christi of Little Rock

The Little Rock chapter of Pax Christi is part of the Pax Christi USA network. This Catholic peace and justice organization focuses on the spirituality of nonviolence in advocating and providing leadership for disarmament, demilitarization and reconciliation with justice, inclusiveness, economic and interracial justice, human rights and care of creation. Visit our Calendar of Events to see the meeting schedule.

President: Dr. Sherry Simon
415 N. McKinley St., #1040
Little Rock, AR 72205
Phone: (501) 663-5075

Board of Directors

President: Dr. Sherry Simon
Vice President: Betty Jo King
Secretary: Marian Paquette
Treasurer: Sherry Martin
Mary Hunt
Sandee Haslauer
Becky Mullican
Jerome Ngundue
Sarah Ngundue
George Simon
Joanne Rausch

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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: Robert Hart
2000 Sawgrass Dr.
Little Rock, AR 72212
Phone: (501) 246-1002

Vice President of Vocations: Evelyn Hart
Vice President of Programs: Doug Menz
Vice President of Membership: Paul James
Vice President of Communications: Ellen Kanatzar
Secretary: Betty Jo King
Treasurer: Jim France
Trustees: Mary Jo Lewno, Bill Wrape, Ken Crow
Past President: Gene France
Chaplain and Spiritual Director: Fr. Joseph deOrbegozo

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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: B. Joe Clark
205 SE 3rd St. Bentonville, AR 72712
Phone: (479) 268-3960

Vice President: Marvin Salinas
Secretary: Sarah Clark
Treasurer: Bill Brass
Spiritual Advisor: Benny Higgins

Board of Directors

Randy Gomez
David Lehren
Nancy Paluck
Mary Armour
Mike Glancy
Janice Massey
Jeanne McDonald
Betty Eccleston
Celia Martinez

SVDP Conferences

St. Peter the Fisherman Conference — St. Peter the Fisherman Church, Mountain Home
Mother Teresa Conference St. Vincent de Paul Church, Rogers
St. Albert Conference St. Albert Church, Heber Springs
Sacred Heart Conference Blessed Sacrament Church, Jonesboro
St. Michael Conference St. Michael Church, Cherokee Village
St. Anne Conference St. Anne Church, Berryville and St Elizabeth Church, Eureka Springs
St. Stephen Benevolent Conference St. Stephen Church, Bentonville
Sts. Anne and Joachim Conference St. Anne Church, North Little Rock
St. Anne Society Immaculate Conception, St. Boniface, Christ the King Churches, Fort Smith

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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: Shawn Johnson (, (479) 650-0208
Red Mass Chairperson: Connie Brown Phillips (, (501) 680-6919
P.O. Box 1426
North Little Rock, AR 72115-1426

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