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Modern-day lay Vincentians continue to carry out charitable acts inspired by Saint Vincent de Paul

In the sprawling Diocese of Fort Worth, which includes 710,000 faithful, the 580 dedicated volunteers involved in the local Society of Saint Vincent de Paul make up less than .1 percent of the Catholic population. Their impact on North Texas communities, however, is enormous.

Mexico native Deacon Raul Martinez developed and fostered his vocation throughout his life

Dcn.-Raul-Preaching-BUTTON.jpgReverence and humility show in his eyes, smile, and carefully-worded homilies. Deacon Raul Martinez Lopez worries about his vocabulary and presentation, but to the assembly he delivers his thoughts clearly, even in his new, second language. Dcn. Martinez, whom Bishop Michael Olson will ordain to the priesthood at St. Patrick Cathedral 10 a.m., Saturday, May 24, assisted at Holy Family Parish’s noon Mothers’ Day Mass May 11.

Deacon Gary Picou’s vocation journey has come full circle

As a young child growing up in Houston, Deacon Gary Picou had a dream. “I wanted to be an astronaut. That was my goal,” he said. However, when the young man took the physical, he learned he was color blind. “My dream of being an astronaut kind of died,” said Dcn. Picou, soon to be ordained a priest for the Diocese of Fort Worth. But in one of many references to the mystery of God, the deacon noted the color blindness may have been one of ways God works, and a demonstration of his sense of humor and providence.

Soldiers lay down weapons for rosaries as they pray, pay homage to Mary

LOURDES, France (CNS) -- It looked like any other military parade with bands playing, flags waving and thousands of men and women marching in colorful uniforms decorated with medals and ribbons.

Record number of students submit artwork to Serrans’ annual Vocations Poster Contest

A proud group of parents, siblings, and several teachers were in attendance at the Serra Awards Ceremony held on April 27 to celebrate with this year’s winners of the annual Vocation Poster Contest. According to Richard Endres, chair of the contest, a record number of artworks was submitted by 14 Catholic school and religious education programs throughout the diocese.