Father Gerald Cooney died Saturday, May 3. Fr. Cooney had been a priest since 1950 and was the longest-ordained priest of the Diocese of Fort Worth. He was also the founding pastor of St. Bartholomew Parish in Southwest Fort Worth. “He was a really solid Catholic priest. He went exactly by what the Church teaches,” said Julia Vecera, who had known and been friends with Fr. Cooney since he helped establish St. Bartholomew in 1969.
Seasoned Vatican journalist John Allen, Jr., didn’t spare the hyperbole while discussing Pope Francis and the impact he’s having on popular culture, the media, and the Church. Addressing a Texas Christian University audience April 22, the CNN analyst and author told listeners when Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope March 13, 2013, “he burst like a supernova on the global scene and captured the imagination of the world.”
Father Gerald Cooney, who had been a priest since 1950, died Saturday, May 3. Fr. Cooney was born July 12, 1924, in Tyler, where he attended public schools. He attended St. John’s Seminary in Little Rock, Arkansas, and was ordained to priesthood June 3, 1950, at Immaculate Conception Parish (now Cathedral) in Tyler by Bishop Augustine Danglmayr, then auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Dallas (which at the time encompassed what is now the Dioceses of Fort Worth, Dallas, and Tyler).