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Click on the button above to donate online to Support Seminarian Education in the Diocese of Little Rock. For more information, contact Maria Izquierdo at (501) 664-0340, ext. 378.
God is answering our prayers. He is calling men to the priesthood and they are listening. Bishop Anthony B. Taylor has ordained 43 diocesan priests in the past 12 years. God willing, we will ordain two more to the priesthood in May 2022. As a result, the median age of active, diocesan priests serving in Arkansas has dropped from 65 to 48. These new priests make up nearly half of all priests currently in active ministry. | New Priests
Msgr. James E. O’Connell started an endowment fund for our diocesan seminarians more than 50 years ago. This fund was invested and it helped cover the cost of educating our seminarians for many years. But that is no longer the case. Now, it costs $36,000 to educate one seminarian per year. This includes tuition, room and board, health insurance and other needs. With the increases in cost and seminarians, we need your help to form our future priests.
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"Meeting priests within my diocese has also been an integral part of this journey. These priests have served as significant role models for me as they embrace their duties with joy and reverence. It has become clear to me that they live for someone close to their hearts, and it reflects in all that they do. Their lives help guide me to the sacrificial mindset that all priests should possess, one that can effortlessly abandon the heart in order to fully embody that of Christ’s." | Read More.
Learning Where You Serve
College seminarians live in community at the House of Formation with Father Jeff Hebert, vocations director and prefect. Bishop Taylor, who also lives on the campus, frequently joins the community for Mass, dinner, prayer and other group activities. The seminarians take classes at local universities and the House of Formation, which offers both core courses and electives in philosophy. Being formed in the diocese is "not something abtract because they're in a place several hours from here and know they're going to be coming here someday. They actually have relationships with the people here in the diocese," explained former vocations director Msgr. Scott Friend. | Artwork