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At the end of 1972, Pope Paul VI placed the Diocese of Little Rock into the Oklahoma Province. :h dj ,01 :la' Spain during the 1950s, these Veekends were first held in .itla [ Arkansas in 196Z The movement Spread and has had several SPiritual leaders within the diocese over the past three decades. Marriage Encounter, another hnport from Spain, first came to the United States in 1967 and the t' rst Marriage Encounter week- elld in Arkansas happened in 1973. There have been regular arriage Encounters, and even srne Engaged Encounters, in the 0Cese since that time. Retrou- VEle is a ministry for troubled arriages and it first came to the diOCese in 1989. The Catholic Charismatic l ! lewal at Duquesne started niVersity in Pittsburgh in 1967, by the early 1970s, it had SPread into the diocese. Different October 24, 1998 nationally known Catholic charismatic healers and speakers have appeared in the diocese, including Father Ralph DiOrio from Massachusetts, who came and spoke to large crowds in Fort Smith and Little Rock in 1986. Father James Mancini, named as liaison between the charismat- ic movement and the diocese, also became state director of a parish renewal organization from New Jersey called RENEW in 1984. There was a kickoff for RENEW in 1984 and the program included a large rally in Pine Bluff with nationally known Catholic speaker Father John P, Bertolucci in September 198Z Probably the most important contribution of the Arkansas Catholic Church was begun by Fred and Tammy Woell, a Little Rock couple. With the assistance of Father James Mancini and Father Jerome Kodell, OSB (the future abbot for Subiaco), Little Rock Scripture Study started out of their home in 1974. By 1977, Bishop McDonald gave the group his blessing and its offices were moved to St. John Catholic Center. Over the next two decades, Little Rock Scripture Study has had more than a million Catholics in America and around the world participate in its program, helping them grow in their love and knowledge of sacred Scripture. By the early 1990s their works were being published by the Liturgical Press and they added both young adults' and children's programs during the 1990s. By 1998 it went out to more than 44 countries and some of its major publications are now being trans- lated into Spanish. 45 t~ ,~., :. remember that he volunteered to ta e in addi-