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Appointment of diocese’s only home-grown bishop a pleasant surprise to local Catholics

BpElect-Olson-Press-Conference-BUTTON.jpgFather Christopher Stainbrook still remembers the trepidation his parishioners felt when St. Timothy, an Anglican congregation, decided to join the Catholic Church as part of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. “People were unsure and feared leaving the familiar for the unknown,” the pastor explains. Monsignor Michael F. Olson, who instructed parish members on the Sacrament of Confirmation, eased their anxiety. “He made a whole room full of people feel relaxed and welcomed,” Fr. Stainbrook recalls. “My parishioners are going to be very happy that he’s their new bishop. He’s a teacher — a real people person.”

Bishop-Elect Olson says at press conference he is ‘humbled’ by trust of Holy Father

BpDes-Olson-Waving-BUTTON.jpgLocal Catholics who know Bishop-Elect Michael F. Olson share a common observation about the man who will become the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth — he loves his role as servant priest. “I am consoled by the fact being a bishop means experiencing the fullness of the priesthood,” Bishop-Elect Olson said during a Nov. 19 press conference that introduced him to the Fort Worth media. “It means I can use this ministry for the good of all.”

John Allen discusses the ‘Francis effect’ at seventh annual UDMC

UDMC13-John-Allen-BUTTON.jpgSince his election in March, Pope Francis has earned approval ratings most politicians and celebrities would relish. “There is something about this man and his message that set off this popular enthusiasm that is remarkable,” said CNN Vatican analyst John Allen during a discussion of “the Francis effect” at the 2013 University of Dallas Ministry Conference offered Oct. 24-26 in the Irving Convention Center. The Saturday program also included a keynote talk about Our Lady of Guadalupe by a leading expert on the subject, Monsignor Eduardo Chavez.

Appeals court OKs admitting privileges for abortion doctors in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (CNS) -- A panel of judges on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Oct. 31 that a provision in a Texas law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital can take effect.

Cardinal O’Brien visits Arlington to invest new Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre

EOHSJ-BUTTON.jpgARLINGTON — In the Holy Land, a region now comprising modern-day Israel and Palestine, is best described by Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, as the “singular, unique part of the world where Christ walked, taught, performed miracles, and rose from the dead.” To preserve and promote Christianity in the Holy Land and to sustain the Catholic Church’s charitable work there, the cardinal traveled recently from Rome to the Diocese of Fort Worth from Oct. 25-28 to lead the annual meeting of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (EOHSJ), Southwestern Lieutenancy of the United States. The gathering drew in nearly 1,000 knights, ladies, and clergy of the lieutenancy, which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New Mexico. This regional unit is one of 61 lieutenancies around the world that are part of the 23,000-member EOHSJ.