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Knights of Columbus present $197,461 check to Bishop Olson for Vocations and Deaf Ministry

The Knights of Columbus Western Metroplex Chapter presented a check for $197,461 to Bishop Michael Olson July 28 at its 19th annual Priest and Religious Appreciation Dinner held at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Arlington. The chapter, comprising the 54 Knights councils in the Diocese of Fort Worth, hosts the annual event to support those who serve God as priests, deacons, sisters, brothers, and seminarians, as well as to help fund a ministry designated by the bishop, the diocesan Deaf Ministry.

Father James Wilcox named diocese’s new Vocations director

Fr.-Wilcox-Portrait-BUTTON.jpgFather James Wilcox has been appointed the new Vocations director for the Diocese of Fort Worth. Fr. Wilcox, who was ordained to the priesthood on June 29 of last year, took on the role on July 1. Fr. Wilcox said his approach to vocations is to ensure that parishes are talking about, encouraging, and praying about vocations, “so when the Lord moves someone to discern a vocation to the priesthood or religious life, and that person comes to our office, it’s my job to make sure we have a program in place that removes any hurdles to the Holy Spirit’s plan.”

Catholic population expert Steven Mosher shares his conversion experience

Steven-Mosher-BUTTON.jpgDr. Steven Mosher was pro-choice and God-less when he left for China’s mainland in 1979 as part of a diplomatic relations program between the U.S. and China. After a nightmarish experience in China, the Stanford University social scientist came back pro-life, certain of God’s existence, and determined to expose and stop the numerous human rights abuses the Chinese Communist regime was committing in the name of “overpopulation.” Mosher, now a Catholic and an internationally-recognized expert on China and population issues, a best-selling author, and president of the Population Research Institute, shared his experiences with population control in the People’s Republic of China with an audience of 70 people at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Grapevine July 25.