Roman Catholic Diocese of Little Rock

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Diocese of Little Rock
Dioecesis Petriculana
Coat of Arms of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Little Rock.svg
The coat of arms of the Diocese of Little Rock
Country United States
Territory Arkansas
Ecclesiastical province Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
- Catholics

122,842 (4.1%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established 28 November 1843
Cathedral Cathedral of St. Andrew
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Anthony Taylor
Bishop of Little Rock
Metropolitan Archbishop

Paul Stagg Coakley

Archbishop of Oklahoma City
Diocese of Little Rock map.png
Cathedral of Saint Andrew, Little Rock

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Little Rock (Latin: Dioecesis Petriculana) is a Roman Catholic diocese in the Ecclesiastical province of Oklahoma City located in the US state of Arkansas. It was founded on November 28, 1843.



The following are lists of ordinaries and their years of service:


  1. Andrew Byrne (1843 - 1862)
  2. Edward Fitzgerald (1866–1907)
  3. John Baptist Morris (1907–1946)
  4. Albert Lewis Fletcher (1946–1972)
  5. Andrew Joseph McDonald (1972–2000)
  6. J. Peter Sartain (2000–2006)
  7. Anthony Taylor (2008–present)

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Defunct high schools[edit]


On September 28, 2007, Msgr. J. Gaston Hebert, the diocese administrator (per the July 11 Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) stated that 6 Arkansas nuns were excommunicated for heresy (the first in the diocese's 165-year history). They refused to recant the doctrines of the Community of the Lady of All Nations (Army of Mary). The 6 nuns are members of the Good Shepherd Monastery of Our Lady of Charity and Refuge in Hot Springs. Sister Mary Theresa Dionne, 82, one of the 6, said they will still live at the convent property, which they own. The sect believed that its 86-year-old founder, Marie Paule Giguere, is the reincarnation of the Virgin Mary.[1]

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Coordinates: 34°44′10″N 92°19′52″W / 34.73611°N 92.33111°W / 34.73611; -92.33111