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John Joseph Cassata, the first bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, was born in Galveston, on Nov. 8, 1908, the son of Vincent and Anna (Pizzitola) Cassata, both natives of Sicily, Italy. When he died in Houston on Sept. 8, 1989, from complications of heart surgery at the age of 80, he was eulogized as a “wonderful” priest and bishop, as a loyal, generous friend, and as a devoted brother to his six siblings.
Margarita Luna greeted the news with mixed emotions. On Jan. 15, Pope Francis named her friend, Monsignor Stephen Berg, the new bishop of Pueblo, Colorado. “I’m happy for him but sad for me,” said Luna, who assisted the newly appointed bishop-elect when he was pastor of St. Mary Church in Henrietta. “I think he will be a wonderful bishop, but our diocese will miss him.”
For Erica Aguilar, it was a sacrifice worth making. The young mother bundled up her five young children against the winter cold and traveled from Decatur to St. Patrick Cathedral in the wee hours of the morning to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe on her December 12 feast day.
Ann Tillery Edmonds was part of the last graduating class to receive a high school diploma from Our Lady of Victory Academy — the Fort Worth school started by the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur in 1910. But that’s not the only reason she attended a celebration marking the religious order’s arrival in North America from Belgium 150 years ago. Three generations of her family are part of the sisters’ long legacy of educating young people in Texas.
SAN ANGELO — Pope Francis has named Monsignor Michael Sis, currently vicar general of the Diocese of Austin, to succeed Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer as bishop of San Angelo. He will be ordained and installed as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of San Angelo Jan. 27. Bishop-elect Sis was born Jan. 9, 1960, in Mount Holly, New Jersey, to Raymond and Janice Sis. The fourth of five children, Msgr. Sis grew up in Bryan.