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Deacon Gary Picou’s vocation journey has come full circle

As a young child growing up in Houston, Deacon Gary Picou had a dream. “I wanted to be an astronaut. That was my goal,” he said. However, when the young man took the physical, he learned he was color blind. “My dream of being an astronaut kind of died,” said Dcn. Picou, soon to be ordained a priest for the Diocese of Fort Worth. But in one of many references to the mystery of God, the deacon noted the color blindness may have been one of ways God works, and a demonstration of his sense of humor and providence.

Soldiers lay down weapons for rosaries as they pray, pay homage to Mary

LOURDES, France (CNS) -- It looked like any other military parade with bands playing, flags waving and thousands of men and women marching in colorful uniforms decorated with medals and ribbons.

Faithful answer God’s call to support those discerning priestly vocation

Seminarians-Processing-out-BUTTON.jpgThe life of a man can change forever once he decides to follow Jesus Christ and devote his time on earth to serving the Church. In the Diocese of Fort Worth, on average it requires a nine-year commitment, including four years of undergraduate work, four years of masters-level theological studies, and a one-year internship at a parish. In addition, seminarians are expected to be fluent in at least two languages — English and Spanish.

Parishioners, seminarians united in response to God’s call

Seminarians-Ngia-pep-talk-BUTTON.jpgNow in his second year at the University of St. Thomas School of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, Stephen Hauck is on track to be ordained a Diocese of Fort Worth priest in 2017. A man dedicated to serving God and the Church, Hauck said he never really chose to be a priest. Instead, he explained, the “the priestly vocation chose me first.”

Bishop blesses oils to be used throughout the year at annual Chrism Mass

Chrism-Mass-14-Bp-Olson-Oils-BUTTON.jpgThere’s a special reason why Corina Pinela wanted to attend this year’s Chrism Mass. During the solemn Holy Week liturgy, celebrated April 15 in St. Patrick Cathedral, Bishop Michael Olson blessed the oil and consecrated the chrism used to administer sacraments in diocesan parishes throughout the year.