Approximately 8,500 Catholics from across North Texas and beyond traveled to the Fort Worth Convention Center Jan. 29 to watch one of their own diocesan priests, Monsignor Michael Fors Olson, become the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth during an ordination Mass steeped in tradition, ritual, and majesty. Thunderous applause erupted from the audience, as the newly ordained bishop circled the convention center arena to greet the assembly at the close of the three-hour ceremony. Some journeyed by bus from as far away as Muenster, Pilot Point, and Wichita Falls to meet the new leader of their diocese.
Father David Bellinghausen, OSB, age 74, a monk of Subiaco Abbey in Arkansas and the last Benedictine priest to serve as pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Muenster, died Dec. 31, 2013.
Father Christopher Stainbrook still remembers the trepidation his parishioners felt when St. Timothy, an Anglican congregation, decided to join the Catholic Church as part of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.