Speaker discusses vocation of being male, female at Young Adult Theology of the Body conference

YA-ToB-Sr-Jane-Dominic-Laurel-Button.jpgAs St. Elizabeth Ann Seton youth minister Gabe Gutiérrez started gaining more experience in the world of youth ministry, he began witnessing a trend: Many of his youth were becoming young adults. And Gutiérrez, now in his 10th year as a minister, began realizing the need to keep informing and preparing them “so they can ultimately go to Heaven.” So earlier this year, when Father John Riccardo’s EWTN show introduced him to the idea of putting together a Theology of the Body retreat aimed at young adults, and when Nashville Dominican Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a 17-year theology professor at Aquinas College, called him a few days later about possibly letting her offer a TOB talk, he knew what he had to do.

Appointment of diocese’s only home-grown bishop a pleasant surprise to local Catholics

BpElect-Olson-Press-Conference-BUTTON.jpgFather Christopher Stainbrook still remembers the trepidation his parishioners felt when St. Timothy, an Anglican congregation, decided to join the Catholic Church as part of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. “People were unsure and feared leaving the familiar for the unknown,” the pastor explains. Monsignor Michael F. Olson, who instructed parish members on the Sacrament of Confirmation, eased their anxiety. “He made a whole room full of people feel relaxed and welcomed,” Fr. Stainbrook recalls. “My parishioners are going to be very happy that he’s their new bishop. He’s a teacher — a real people person.”

Bishop-Elect Olson says at press conference he is ‘humbled’ by trust of Holy Father

BpDes-Olson-Waving-BUTTON.jpgLocal Catholics who know Bishop-Elect Michael F. Olson share a common observation about the man who will become the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth — he loves his role as servant priest. “I am consoled by the fact being a bishop means experiencing the fullness of the priesthood,” Bishop-Elect Olson said during a Nov. 19 press conference that introduced him to the Fort Worth media. “It means I can use this ministry for the good of all.”

John Allen discusses the ‘Francis effect’ at seventh annual UDMC

UDMC13-John-Allen-BUTTON.jpgSince his election in March, Pope Francis has earned approval ratings most politicians and celebrities would relish. “There is something about this man and his message that set off this popular enthusiasm that is remarkable,” said CNN Vatican analyst John Allen during a discussion of “the Francis effect” at the 2013 University of Dallas Ministry Conference offered Oct. 24-26 in the Irving Convention Center. The Saturday program also included a keynote talk about Our Lady of Guadalupe by a leading expert on the subject, Monsignor Eduardo Chavez.

Appeals court OKs admitting privileges for abortion doctors in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (CNS) -- A panel of judges on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Oct. 31 that a provision in a Texas law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital can take effect.