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Dr. Robert Parkey, president of the newly-formed Catholic Medical-Dental Guild of Wichita Falls, said the idea for the organization, the first of its kind in the Diocese of Fort Worth, started with a simple conversation 10 years ago at the Catholic Medical Association’s national meeting in Boston with a fellow doctor who is now a priest and the pastor of St. Mary Parish in Windthorst, Father Michael Moloney.
Since the mid 1960s, St. John the Apostle Church in North Richland Hills has withstood the test of time. Structurally sound and strengthened by a solid parish community formed five decades ago, this house of God has welcomed generations of faithful Catholics who continue to fill its pews. On Oct. 18, it was standing-room-only at St. John the Apostle, when more than 800 faithful gathered to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their parish.
Where can you find young pilots, nurses, teachers, engineers, social workers, police officers, software developers, and information technology professionals — not to mention priests — mixing and mingling in one place over free drinks and appetizers? A Young Catholic Professionals (YCP) event, that’s where. Founded in 2010 by Jennifer Baugh, a young Catholic from the Diocese of Dallas, the ministry is dedicated to encouraging “young adults in their 20s and 30s to have a deeper relationship with the Lord and to be courageous witnesses in imitation of Christ” as well as reminding young professionals of their responsibility to “apply our Catholic faith to all aspects of our lives — at work, at home, and in all our interactions,” as Baugh stated recently in an interview for the National Catholic Register.
Deacon Ronald “Ron” Aziere, who serves at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Fort Worth, said one of the best aspects of the home-grown diaconate program that started in the Diocese of Fort Worth 25 years ago is that the wives of married deacons were encouraged to attend the training and help their husbands in their ministry.
Deacon Rubén Castañeda, originally from Crowell, has lived and worked in the southwest rural counties of the Diocese of Fort Worth all his life. He knows firsthand the importance of the diocese’s outreach programs in these areas, especially Sharing in Ministry. “We are so far away from the [Fort Worth metro area], and a lot of our families work in farms and oilfields,” he said. “There’s quite a bit of jobs, but it’s hard-working jobs. We don’t have the well-to-do families or the well-off, so they struggle in life, and they struggle with supporting their families and parishes,” said Dcn. Castaneda.