Daily Mass means standing room only for students at Bl. John Paul II University Parish and Catholic Center in Denton. About 20 people crowd into the small, renovated chapel used for liturgy, prayer, and adoration. “We’re at our limit until we can build a new church,” explains pastor Father Kyle Walterscheid.
When pressured to abort her fifth child, Pam Tebow rejected the doctor’s recommendation and placed her faith in God. A few months later, the 37-year-old mother gave birth to a healthy boy, named Tim, who grew up to become an All-American quarterback, Heisman Trophy winner, and player in the National Football League.
In the assembly that day sat parents, aunts and uncles, siblings, and one 94-year-old grandfather who had fostered and gratefully anticipated this ordination. But Vietnamese Martyrs Parish, the largest capacity church in the Diocese of Fort Worth, and among the largest capacity Vietnamese Parishes in the United States, was completely filled. There were well-wishers, classmates, deacons, seminarians, and more than 50 brother priests. All were gathered to celebrate the day James Wilcox and Khoi Tran had waited for, not only through years of study, but for most of their lives.