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As a boy growing up in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jean Bosco “Mbau” Mukolo found great comfort and support in the company of the Catholic missionary sisters in his neighborhood. He even adopted his Christian name at the suggestion of the sisters, who saw something special in the youth. Saint John Bosco dedicated his life to the betterment and education of disadvantaged children and others in dire need of help. For three decades, Jean Bosco Mukolo, now age 35, has strived to live up to the name.
Sister Lola ‘Ulupano promised to show her congregation — the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur — something they had never seen before during her profession of first vows ceremony at St. Michael Church. She did not disappoint. The native of Tonga asked members of her ethnic parish community to incorporate some of their religious customs into the Aug. 17 Mass celebrated by Father Jeff Poirot. They honored her request with a rousing Procession of the Word marked by uplifting music from the Tongan choir, dancing, and a float.
Sister Soledad Quintero’s decision to join the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur is rooted in a parish gathering she attended as an impressionable 7-year-old. “A missionary spoke to us about his ministry and showed us pictures of his work in Africa,” says the native of Puebla, Mexico who grew up in a very religious family. “That’s when I first got the idea of being a sister.”
“That’s A.J. Schmitz’s pew,” said a parishioner musingly. “He sat right there every time.” St. John Catholic Church swung open its doors in welcome, just like it has done thousands of times over the past 60-plus years, but this time was the last time. A.J.’s pew had an auction number on it, the visible sign that St. John Parish in Valley View would now become a part of the rich history of the Diocese of Fort Worth.
The Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal was started in 1987, by eight Capuchin Friars who worked for personal and communal reform in the Catholic Church. They sought a return to the roots of Franciscan life. Today, these “Gray Friars” — known for their simple gray habits and the humble, joyful life of a Franciscan — have grown to include more than 120 religious brothers serving at nine friaries in the U.S., four friaries in Europe, and two friaries in Central America.