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“Lord, open the hearts of many men and women to courageously consider a vocation to the ordained ministry or consecrated life.” This prayer, found on the Serra International website, sums up the purpose of the Vocation Awareness Program held every summer in the Dioceses of Fort Worth and Dallas since 1990.
For more than 20 years, Dr. Patrick Foley has been solidly formed in his faith by one of the most remarkable bishops ever to set foot on the North American continent. A Catholic historian who has made his home in the Diocese of Fort Worth for 38 years, Foley has spent the past two decades researching and writing about the life of Jean-Marie Odin, the first bishop of the Diocese of Galveston, which once spanned the entire state of Texas.
More than a thousand youth from across the Diocese of Fort Worth united to “open the door of faith” at the 17th annual Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference July 12-14 at the DFW Hyatt Regency Hotel. With more than 1,500 youth and adult leaders present, DCYC invited middle school and high school students to open their hearts to the Lord through singing, dancing, workshops, prayer, and the sacraments.
A sophomore at Southern Methodist University, she wanted to go to World Youth Day 2013 with her St. Thomas Aquinas youth group to feel closer to God. The pilgrimage did that and more for the 19-year-old.
Five years ago, Martha Jacobi and her sister, Tricia Hunter, had no clue that their idea would spread to almost every Catholic school in the diocese and to places far beyond the diocese’s boundaries — like Kansas City and Houston.