The three-part mission of the Serra Club is simple and closely aligned with the work of its namesake, Blessed Father Junípero Serra. The Catholic lay organization’s goals are to: foster vocations to the priesthood and support priests; encourage vocations to consecrated life; and to help its own members respond to God’s call. Ordained into the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor in 1737, Blessed Fr. Serra was widely regarded for his brilliant mind. He used it to teach philosophy and theology to seminary students in Spain.
During the pinnacle of construction of the new St. Jude Parish in Mansfield, workmen carefully tethered Fr. George Foley to a wooden cross rising more than 85 feet atop the structure’s highest point. The 80-year-old priest, possessing boundless energy and endless ideas, rose to the occasion not so much for a bird’s-eye view from the roof over the church, but with a future project in mind. Fr. Foley was quietly contemplating using the cross to support a radio antenna that could bring the Gospel to 90,000 people in a 25-mile radius of the church.
Bishop Michael Olson presented four awards to Scouters involved in Catholic Scouting at a dinner hosted by the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting at Good Shepherd Parish Hall in Colleyville Dec. 5.
Investees in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem from the Diocese of Fort Worth are pictured with Bishop Michael Olson at the recent 2014 Annual Meeting and Investiture weekend in Houston.
St. Mary of Joy School is a dream that is becoming a reality for the Diocese of Masaka, Uganda, in East Africa, and for diocesan priest Father Athanasius Kasekende, the visionary of the project. And it is coming into being, thanks primarily to the passionate efforts of Robert Gieb and his wife Mary, who have championed this mission project for the past nine years.