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For Margie Gomez, the man born Karol Jozef Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland was a saint long before plans for his canonization on April 27, 2014 were announced,insists the St. Andrew parishioner who stood inches from Pope John Paul II when he visited San Antonio in 1987.
Best-selling Catholic author Jason Evert recently released a book published by Totus Tuus Press and Lighthouse Catholic Media: Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves. A nationally known chastity speaker who gave his first talk at Fort Worth’s Nolan Catholic High School in 1999, Evert always wanted to write a book about the man he considers his hero. Vatican plans to canonize the Polish prelate, along with Pope John XXIII on April 27 — Divine Mercy Sunday — provided the motivation to get it done.
Inmates of the James V. Allred Prison Unit in Iowa Park who take part in the Diocese of Fort Worth’s prison ministry read last spring that the newly-elected Pope Francis washed prisoners’ feet during Holy Thursday Mass: They were more than impressed. Some of them were moved to express their appreciation to the Pope for directly ministering to people in prison, said Deacon Russell Detwiler, chaplain for the ministry.
In his 2014 Lenten message, Pope Francis said he was inspired by the words of Saint Paul in his letter to the Corinthians: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). Putting this call into action and coming into alignment with it have come in many creative ways, not the least of which is exemplified by 99-year-old Father George Curtsinger and his caregiver Chris Wallace.
After years of prayerful discernment, Jonathan Duncan, 31, former rector of Holy Comfort Episcopal Church in Cleburne, was received into the Catholic Church on All Saints Day 2013. It’s a decision that’s brought him peace and a renewed sense of mission. Within five months, he would be ordained a Catholic priest on March 29.