Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei, will be the centerpiece of the closing ceremony for the Year of Faith in the Diocese of Fort Worth. On Nov. 24, an event celebrating the end of this jubilee year will take place at Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Arlington. Special guests Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Monsignor Michael Olson, rector of Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, will participate in the festivities which will begin with Mass and conclude with Evening Prayer.
Professionals and students in the legal profession and government officials assembled Sept. 26, at St. Patrick Cathedral for the Red Mass, the annual gathering and celebration that asks guidance from the Holy Spirit for those who seek justice. Homilist Monsignor Michael Olson, rector of Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, addressed the secular principle of autonomy — the concept of seeking the best resolutions with only the individual in mind, while ignoring and often at the expense of, the good of society — and the legal concept of the right to privacy.
A deacon’s call to teach the faith and serve the community is a vocation — a seed placed by God in the heart of a man. But the family is where that seed is nourished and cultivated. Bishop J. Douglas Deshotel, auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, offered words of praise to the parents of Raul Martinez Lopez and Gary Picou, Jr., before addressing the men he was about to ordain to the transitional diaconate Sept. 14 in St. Michael Church in Bedford.