Friends and family filled Christ the King Church on June 1 to watch former parishioner, Father Peter Nguyen, celebrate his first Mass. The Society of the Divine Word (SVD) priest was ordained May 24 in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit in Techny, Illinois by Bishop Terry Steib of the Diocese of Memphis, who is also a member of the religious congregation. He is the parish’s first “homegrown” vocation to the priesthood. Christ the King was established in 1997 to serve the large community of Vietnamese living in Northeast Fort Worth.
Catholic Charities of Fort Worth (CCFW) is ahead of the times in responding to an “urgent humanitarian situation”: The thousands of unaccompanied children who are pouring over U.S. borders are picked up by border agents.
When Celi Acosta heard about the Diocese of Fort Worth’s first Faith in Action Together (FIAT) mission trip, she hesitated about signing up. It’s not that she didn’t want to go; she, like many other young adults, just had a busy, stressful schedule ahead of her. But in the end, the University of Texas at Arlington math student didn’t let that keep her from joining 12 other young adults on the diocese’s first FIAT mission trip to Moore, Oklahoma, from May 12-17.
Sister Josephine Stewart, SSMN, co-founder of the Beginning Experience weekends for the divorced, separated, and widowed that has received international recognition, died on Thursday, May 8 in Fort Worth. “She literally brought people back from the dead (with the Beginning Experience weekends). She taught them how to live and get beyond it. That’s the greatest thing you could do for any one,” said Sister Joan Markey, SSMN.
Two priests’ lives converged May 24 at St. Patrick Cathedral, when, from differing backgrounds and histories, they lay prostrate in front of the same altar, knelt and promised fealty to the same bishop, and received the same sacrament.