Coaches yelling from the sidelines. Parents cheering against the other team. Players arguing with officials after a bad call. You won’t find those behaviors at local Catholic school athletic events thanks to a new program implemented in the Diocese of Fort Worth last fall.
Father Juan Guerrero Morales, CORC, baptized 62 individuals the first week he arrived at Holy Name of Jesus in Fort Worth, demonstrating the vast need for priests to serve the Spanish-speaking community. He and five other Confraternidad Sacerdotal de Operarios del Reino de Cristo (CORC) priests from Mexico, busily minister at three parishes in the Diocese of Fort Worth.
The fact that adventurous men from India with strong spiritual character are going forth as priests throughout the world to spread the Good News should come as no surprise.. Many Catholics may not know it, but India’s first missionary arrived in 52 A.D., more than 1,400 years before Christians set foot in the New World. Christians do, however, know this missionary’s name — Thomas the Apostle.
There is a certain maritime feel inside the office of Fr. Hoa Nguyen, pastor of St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in North Richland Hills. A ship’s wheel is prominently centered on the front wall of his long, narrow workspace. On the “port” side, a beautiful oil painting depicts Jesus reaching down to pull up his faltering apostle, Peter, from the white-capped swells in the Sea of Galilee.
The line outside St. Andrew’s food pantry begins to form hours before the doors open at 12:30 p.m. “They like to visit with one another,” explains Pattie Watson, observing the camaraderie of senior citizens, low-wage workers, and disabled clients who come to the parish each week for groceries.