When organizers planning the closing ceremony for the Diocese of Fort Worth’s observation of the Year of Faith needed someone to reflect on Pope Francis’ first encyclical Lumen Fidei, they turned to a spiritual leader well-versed in guiding others toward the light of faith.
When the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) teachers arrived at All Saints School 17 years ago, the pastor, Father Stephen Jasso, TOR, quickly noticed a change in the student body. Youngsters at the Northside campus were more reverential at Mass and had a better understanding of the Eucharist.
The keynote address was an hour long, and yet the audience sat mesmerized. They were silent most of the time, as the speaker, Pam Tebow, spoke of motherhood, mission, and ministry, and they laughed uproariously as she told anecdotes, and sang children’s scripture melodies she had once composed. It was The Bishop’s 9th Annual Catholic Pro-Life Banquet, and the record crowd of more than 700 people got their money’s worth. They were there to hear stories of life — “God Stories” of life, Tebow had called them — and the audience ate them up, like a second dessert.