This shrine, celebrating the Centennial year of Little Italy's founding, was dedicated lovingly by the family of William “Billy” Henry Wagner to honor his memory. The shrine is always open and a peaceful place to kneel, pray, and light a candle. The centennial prayer and various statues, including St. Michael the Archangel to whom Billy had a special devotion, are part of this prayerful space in our historic cemetery.
This is an external link to the graves at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church:
St. Francis Cemetery was consecrated in 1926 on land donated by the John Segalla family. Though St. Francis parish church is located in Pulaski County, the cemetery is located one mile away from the church in Perry County. The cemetery is one of approximately 50 Catholic cemeteries in Arkansas and contains over 100 interments. A small Little Italy Centennial chapel located inside the cemetery was constructed in memory of William "Billy" Wagner in 2015 in recognition of the area’s founding. Inside a special prayer dedicated to the early founders of Little Italy is displayed below statues of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, our Blessed Mother, and St. Michael the Archangel.
Additionally, a large quartz grotto constructed in the middle of the cemetery honors St. Francis, and is graced by statues of St. Francis, Jesus Christ and His mother.
"We lose everything that we leave behind in this world; we can bring with us only a right to a reward for our charity and the alms we have given."
+St. Francis of Assisi, 13th Century