Letters from Seminary Series

This series is being written by Diocese of Little Rock seminarians during their seminary formation. These columns were originally published in Arkansas Catholic, the newspaper for the Diocese of Little Rock. They may be copied or redistributed with acknowledgement and permission of the publisher. To learn more, Contact Us. Click on the name of a writer below to read all articles written in that series.

John Paul Hartnedy

John Paul Hartnedy, a member of St. Edward Church in Little Rock, is a seminarian for the Diocese of Little Rock. He attends Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, Texas. He began writing for this series in January 2021.

Deacon Ben Riley

Deacon Ben Riley attends St. Meinrad Seminary in St. Meinrad, Indiana. He is scheduled to be ordained a priest in May 2021. He wrote columns for this series from July 28, 2018 to Oct. 17, 2020.

Father Jeff Hebert

Father Hebert wrote columns for this series from July 29, 2017 to April 21, 2018. He was ordained to the priesthood in May 2018 and is now in active ministry in the diocese.

Father William Burmester

Father Burmester wrote columns for this series from Aug. 18, 2012 to  April 22, 2017. He was ordained to the priesthood in May 2017 and is now in active ministry in the diocese.

Father Mauricio Carrasco

Father Carrasco wrote columns for this series from March 27, 2010 to May 19, 2012. He was ordained to the priesthood in May 2012 and is now in active ministry in the diocese.