Father 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.”
Dr. 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.
Jesus had a presence that filled the room for nearly 1,000 high school students attending the Fort Worth Diocesan Catholic Youth Conference (DCYC) July 11-13 at the DFW Airport Hyatt Regency Hotel. During this year’s 19th annual gathering, inside the 5,000-square-foot ballroom converted into a gathering and worship space, many Catholic youth spent more time with the Lord than they had ever done before in a single weekend.