Our HistoryLittle Rock Scripture Study Historical Timeline
|1962−1965||Second Vatican Council opens calls for an openness to Scripture in the lives of ordinary Catholics.|
|1973||Fred and Tammy Woell meet with others in the Diocese of Little Rock to develop a Catholic Bible study program for lay people.|
|1974||September 9, Little Rock Scripture Study offered to 150 people gathered in Little Rock to study The Acts of the Apostles.|
|1975||August 23, first leadership training day offering to parishes throughout the Diocese of Little Rock.|
The Acts of the Apostles and The Gospel According to Mark printed in booklet form, with audio lectures produced to accompany the studies.
Advisory board formed in the summer to assist in the growth of this Bible ministry.
|1977||Bishop Andrew McDonald of Little Rock promotes Little Rock Scripture Study (LRSS) as the official adult education program in the diocese beginning in the fall.|
First Scripture Study retreat for parish leaders in Arkansas.
June 1, Little Rock Scripture Study becomes an office of the Diocese of Little Rock.
Team from Little Rock began offering Leadership Training for LRSS to dioceses around the country.
|1982||LRSS produces first video wrap-up lectures and advertises in national publications.|
|1983||LRSS exhibits at the Lay Evangelization Conference in New Orleans, the first of many regional and national conferences that will be attended over the years.|
|1984||Fall celebration of the 10th anniversary of LRSS. Mass at St. John Center in Little Rock, home of the diocesan offices.|
|1985||July marks the start of the official partnership between the Diocese of Little Rock and Liturgical Press, with national marketing and distribution.|
|1987||First LRSS Informational Video produced.|
Scripture Seminars offered at four locations in the Diocese of Little Rock during the spring season.
July debut of the LRSS Newsletter.
Inauguration of summer Bible Institute, open to people from around the country. Fr. Carroll Stuhlmueller presented “The Psalms Within Prayer and Ministry Today.”
See complete list of yearly speakers here.
|1991||Launch of LRSS for Young Adults which was discontinued in 2003.|
Launch of LRSS for Children which was discontinued in 2001.
Published Facilitating for Growth by Barbara Fleischer for ongoing facilitator training.
Éstudio Bíblico de Little Rock begins publication after several years of focus groups.
Leadership Training revised and published in English and Spanish.
LRSS 20th anniversary Mass and workshop at St. John Center in Little Rock.
Pilgrimage to Israel and Rome.
|1998||LRSS enters agreement with Petrie Catholic Community in Australia (“Little Rock Down Under”) to distribute and promote LRSS in the region.|
On the Web: littlerockscripture.org
25th anniversary of LRSS with outdoor Mass, dinner and concert featuring John Michael Talbot at St. John Center in Little Rock.
|2005||Publication of A Year of Sundays: Gospel Reflections, first in English and then in Spanish in 2006. Both editions ran through 2013.|
|2008||Began producing regular series of articles, Spanish and English, on various biblical topics for each year. Ongoing and available at our website for free use.|
|2009||Publication of The Four Gospels: Catholic Study Edition from LRSS.|
LRSS publishes the Little Rock Catholic Study Bible with the assistance of several renowned Catholic biblical scholars.
Newsletter, Stepping Stones, moved to online version.
Newsletter, now titled Little Rock Connections, moved to monthly posting at the LRSS website.
25th anniversary of the annual Bible Institute.
|2016||Launch of a new series of books emphasizing biblical spirituality, Alive in the Word, for use by individuals or in groups.|
|2018||Little Rock Scripture Study Reimagined! launched in the fall, reformatting and streamlining the materials for an even better experience.|
Cackie Upchurch retires in June as Director of LRSS after more than twenty years of committed leadership.
Longtime partner Liturgical Press acquires LRSS from the Diocese of Little Rock in July. Bishop Anthony Taylor remarks that the diocese’s “primary concern is to do what is best for the apostolate. … This change in ownership enables Liturgical Press to respond quickly to the needs of Catholic parishes and individuals.”