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Dr. Patrick Foley, one of the foremost writers and historians on Catholic history in Texas and the Southwest, is the latest winner of the Paul J. Foik Award. Presented annually by the Texas Catholic Historical Society, the award is given to the author or editor of a recent publication judged to be the most important contribution to Catholic history of the Southwest.
Each year in more than half the parishes of the Diocese of Fort Worth, thousands of bulletins are stuffed with materials for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl Lenten program. Flyers adorned with engaging photos of people from developing countries go up on youth and parish activity boards. Children in religious education classes assemble cardboard rice bowls designed to hold daily offerings. A multicolored calendar of daily reflections, activities, and stories allow participants to catch a glimpse into the lives of those aided by the contributions collected through Rice Bowl.
When one of their own accomplishes something noteworthy in life, neighbors in the close-knit town of Miles City, Montana, like to make a fuss. So when Stephen Berg, the son of longtime residents Jeanne and the late Conrad Berg, was named the next bishop of Pueblo, Colorado, the news spread faster than a Texas wildfire.
The next time you’re away from the city lights on a cloudless night, take a glance skyward. There in the heavens will be an endless universe filled with countless stars. It’s a miracle we can witness just by opening our eyes. As author Joseph Pearce began his journey away from hatred and toward love of his fellow man, he saw the wonders of the night sky as one of many magnificent signs of God’s presence.
When faced with tough decisions during his years as a pastor and later as diocesan administrator for the Diocese of Fort Worth, Monsignor Stephen Berg knew there was a trusting soul who understood the challenges of ministry. For advice and encouragement he turned to his uncle, Bishop Emeritus of Des Moines Joseph L. Charron, also known to his many nieces and nephews as “Bishop Uncle Joe.”