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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.”
It’s been a banner season for new bishops selected from the Diocese of Fort Worth. The diocese’s own Monsignor Michael Olson was appointed bishop of Fort Worth, Nov. 19, 2013 and ordained and installed Jan. 29; and Diocesan Administrator Monsignor Steven Berg received the papal call to shepherd the Diocese of Pueblo, Colorado Jan 15, and was ordained and installed Feb. 27.