From medical technologist to priesthood: Ronaldo Mercado will be ordained this weekend

Mercado's experiences serving the sick nudged him to the priesthood. His ordination is set for May 23. 

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

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

His study of the Catholic faith led Michael Greco to deeper conversion, to priesthood

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


Pope says parents must not exclude themselves from children's lives

By Laura Ieraci
May 21, 2015

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Parents must not exclude themselves from their children's lives and, despite what some "experts" may say, they must take an active role in their children's education, said Pope Francis during his general audience in St. Peter's Square May 20.

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.

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

By Ann Schneible
Catholic News Agency
May 27, 2015
Father James Pemberton

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.”

Trappist Monks say beer brewing enhances American monastic life

By Chaz Muth

Catholic News Service
May 19, 2015

SPENCER, Mass. (CNS) -- The whoosh of the beer tap opening, the gentle glug of the golden brew pouring into the goblet, and the sizzle of the foaming mousse are joyous sounds to Trappist Brother Jonah Pociadlo's ears as he prepares to savor the signature ale created in his monastery's brewery.

Fort Worth could soon welcome nonprofit pro-life clinic 

By Erica Rohde
North Texas Catholic

May 28, 2015

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 on St. Padre Pio’s Feast Day, the two NFP practitioners from the Diocese of Fort Worth formed WholeLife Authentic Care, a nonprofit dedicated to opening a clinic with a unique approach to healthcare for women and families. 

Bishop Olson to eighth-graders: 'Be kind, truthful, humble'

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic
May 13, 2015

FORT WORTH -- “Catholic education is very important, and more parents should make it a priority—especially with the way the world is going.” Fernando Sotelo expressed those thoughts as he waited for the start of the Diocesan Eighth Grade Mass celebrated May 8 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Keller. 

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.