“We want people to know that Respect Life in our diocese is alive and well; vibrant and ongoing,” said Mike Demma, director of the diocesan Respect Life Office, in a recent interview. With Jan. 22 marking 41 years since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion in the U.S., the office is encouraging pro-lifers throughout the diocese to participate in a number of events, including the Dallas March for Life and Rally Jan. 18, the Annual Respect Life Mass to be celebrated 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 at St. Patrick Cathedral in Fort Worth, and the Texas Rally for Life in Austin Jan. 25.
It was a Golden Jubilee, yet the honoree, in white cape, a crown of flowers, and brilliant smile, had the aura of a young woman at her first prom. Her face seemed far too young and radiant to have lived a half century in a Carmelite Monastery. But it was true. Mother Maria of Jesus Crucified, the former Patricia Anne Brinkley, having entered in 1961, and professed her first vows in the Carmelite Monastery when it was located on Sunset Terrace in Fort Worth, was marking 50 years since her final vows.
They were both members of the Congregation of Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and longtime friends. But it’s the baseball reference Sister Frances Evans used that best describes the death of Sister Magdalen (Maggie) Hession on Nov. 20 from Alzheimer’s Disease.