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of Hispanic ministry in the priests Arkansas. A Carmelite attends of the diocese, some seven smaller Hispanic corn- Since November 1993, the munities. A priest from India Vincentian fathers have greatly works in Fort Smith, and one from developed the ministry to Nigeria works in Danville and Hispanics in Northwest Arkansas. Dardanelle. The work of all these When they came, there was only a priests is fundamental to our weekly Mass in Fayettevflle and a Hispanic ministry. Father Scott Friend is the former ] director of Hispanic Ministry fori the diocese and now resides in De Queen as pastor of St. Barbara Parish, one of the largest Hispanic communities in the state. J and DardaneUe, and a jonesb0r0 Benedictine in Northeast ArkansaS. The parish of De Queen, under the pastorate of Father scott Friend, has outgrown its church and must build a new ore' Hispanics long ago became the majority of the congregation, afld they fill the church to overfloW/fig each Sunday at two spariisb Masses. They have subscribed 70 percent of the pledges for the new fortnightly Spanish Mass in Much of our ministry to church from parishioners, ever Rogers. Now there are three Hispanics depends on the work of though they are mostly mantlal Spanish Masses in Rogers each women religious. TWo years ago, weekend, and weekly Spanish the first Mexican Sisters came to Masses are part of parish life in help, and their work has been Springdale, Fayetteville, Siloam extraordinarily fruitful. There are Springs, andBerryville, now nine Mexican and two The Vincentians are develop-Mexican-American Sisters: six ing lay ministers and other leaders Missionary Carmelites of Saint in the Hispanic communities. In Teresa (three in De Queen and Southeast Arkansas, the Glenmary three in Hope), four Missionary fathers continue their ministry to Catechists of the Poor working in Hispanics in the parishes of Little Rock and Central Arkansas, Warren and Hamburg, and the and one Missionary Catechist of Franciscans work in Dumas. Divine Providence in Southeast Elsewhere, Benedictines workArkansas. in Clarksville and E1 Dorado, a Four non-Hispanic sisters work Holy Ghost father in Conway and chiefly or entirely with Hispanics: a Morrilton, and a Jesuit in Springfield Dominican in Rogers, Jonesboro and much of Northeast two Adrian Dominicans in Danville laborers. New communities, not yet parishes, in Glenwood, Danville and Leachvflle are entirely Hispanic. The parish at Hamburg is mostly Hispanic, and Hispanics are a large proportion of the parishes in Rogers, Springdale, ClarksVille, Dardanelle, Hope, Texarkana Jonesboro, as well as in St. Ed 82 of Little Rock and immaculate t 2 S Conception of Fort Smith. h Arkansas' Hispanics are pre" dominantly young. Among I-liS" ( panics, we have few funerals but very many infant baptisms. They are transforming and expafldifl c, the Catholic Church in Arka.nSN' dl ~e c6 .-..... Arkansas Catl~o[li: C _ ,tl I'll,.