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If you ask Juan Rendon what the Diocese of Fort Worth can expect from its new director of Permanent Deacon Formation, the seasoned college instructor paraphrases a quote from Blessed Mother Teresa. “Expect faithfulness — not perfection,” he says wisely. “I will give my best to serve the needs of the diocese and will always be honest in my work. Ultimately, I do what I do out of love for Jesus Christ. That’s the bottom line.”
Art Dickerson, who has spent more than 45 years supporting and strengthening God’s Church in the Diocese of Fort Worth and around the world, received the highest honor recently from the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land (FFHL). That organization presented Dickerson with the Guardian of the Holy Land Award for his extraordinary commitment and support in preserving the presence of Christians in the land where Jesus walked.
More than 150 pro-lifers from all over the diocese convened in front of Planned Parenthood in Southwest Fort Worth for the kickoff of 40 Days for Life, an ecumenical peaceful prayer vigil that takes place 24/7 throughout the course of 40 days, encouraged the participants — which included families, college students, professionals, teenagers, and children — on Sept. 24.
Those who walked by Arlington’s St. Maria Goretti Parish Sept. 28, perhaps got a glimpse of some odd visitors to the church, which is administered by Franciscans of the Third Order Regular. They might even have seen pastor Father Jim Gigliotti, TOR, and parochial vicar Father David Morrier, TOR, ministering to these peculiar guests.
As the fall semester begins, Debbie Neely, the director of the Midwestern State University Catholic Campus Ministry in Wichita Falls, and eight of her students are reflecting on and sharing their experiences of their first mission trip to Guatemala. “I learned so very much — to be grateful for what you have and to try to give back, as much as you can,” said Justin Veitenheimer, a 23-year-old MSU senior from Windthorst, majoring in special education. Veitenheimer said he felt a lot of what he experienced involved, “looking back at yourself and seeing how you live and then seeing materially, how little they have — but their spiritual lives are 10 times greater.”