A chilly conversion brought Father Keith Hathaway back to the Church, to priesthood

His conviction, desire to share the Word of God brought him to his ordination May 23 at St. Patrick Cathedral.

Prayer, family, and time as medical technologist brought Father Ronaldo Mercado to the priesthood

Mercado's experiences serving the sick nudged him to the priesthood. He was ordained May 23. 

Study of the Catholic faith led Father Michael Greco to deeper conversion, to priesthood

Reading C.S. Lewis' writings led Fr. Greco to deeper understanding and love for Jesus, the Church. His ordination was May 23.


DC Cardinal: Christ didn't change his words, and neither should the Church

By Matt Hadro
May 29, 2015

Washington (CNA) -- It is not discrimination for a Catholic to publicly profess his faith, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington insisted Sunday in a pastoral letter. Church teaching is rooted in an “authentic humanism,” he said, and “it is neither discrimination nor an undue imposition on the freedom of others to promote that belief and live by it.”

Father Gonzalo Morales, a gracious servant, beloved mentor

By Nicki Prevou
North Texas Catholic
May 11, 2015

FORT WORTH --According to the many parishioners who knew and loved him during his 30 years of priesthood, Father Gonzalo Morales loved to see a crowded church. He loved the opportunity to preach, to raise his voice in enthusiastic song, to share the Gospel message, and, most of all, to celebrate the Eucharist. The beloved priest died April 30 in Arlington after a lengthy illness, at the age of 56.

Fort Worth could soon welcome nonprofit pro-life clinic 

By Erica Rohde
North Texas Catholic
May 28, 2015
Father James Pemberton

FORT WORTH -- After witnessing countless Natural Family Planning (NFP) practitioners and physicians work daily with patients in need of pro-life reproductive health solutions that weren’t available at typical OB/GYN practices, Mandy Cox and Nicole Havrilla decided to take a step to fill that need.Last fall, the two NFP practitioners from the Diocese of Fort Worth formed WholeLife Authentic Care, a nonprofit dedicated to opening a pro-life clinic for women and families. 

Local Knights take part in effort to make St. John Paul II parish's new chapel a reality

North Texas Catholic

May 29, 2015

FORT WORTH -- The diocese’s Western Metroplex Chapter of the Knights of Columbus recently presented Father Kyle Walterscheid a $1,000 check toward the building of a new church at St. John Paul II University Parish in Denton. The parish serves the communities of two major universities but currently lacks space to grow, Fr. Walterscheid said.

'Mother of Mercy' beatification in Kenya draws tens of thousands

By Ann Schneible
Catholic News Agency

May 27, 2015

VATICAN CITY (CNA) -- Massive crowds attended Saturday's beatification of early twentieth-century Italian missionary, Sister Irene Stefani, who was known as “mother of mercy” to the Kenyan people she cared for.
Pope Francis remembered the new blessed during his Regina Caeli address on Sunday in Rome, recalling how the member of the Consolata Missionaries had served the Kenyan people “with joy, mercy, and tender compassion.”

EF1 tornado rips bell tower from Our Lady of Lourdes Church

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic
May 20, 2015

FORT WORTH -- An EF1 tornado that blew through Mineral Wells May 19 ripped the bell tower off the chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes Church but spared the bell that calls parishioners to worship. “I thought that was an amazing miracle in itself,” said church member Dorothy Ortiz

SSMN provincial: we give so that others may know Christ

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic
May 19, 2015

Standing in the hallway of Our Lady of Victory School as students scurry to their classrooms, Principal Linda Petrey watches 105 years of history come alive. “The Sisters of St. Mary of Namur put their hearts and souls into this place, and you can feel it,” the educator explains.