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.”
Having earned the distinction as the “Cooking Priest,” Father Leo Patalinghug has discovered the right recipe for teaching the word of God in a most palatable way. If you were to write it on your recipe file index card, it might go something like this: “Directions — Start with two parts Gospel, mix in delicious meal ingredients, sprinkle on some humor, and bring the entire mixture up to high heat with the help of the Holy Spirit.”
Kevin Prevou made an impact on the diocese — proof overflowed Aug. 24 at the diocesan Catholic Center where more than 90 coworkers-turned-friends celebrated a 19-year career in diocesan youth ministry with hugs, tears of joy, prayer, thank-yous and the recounting of many memories. They shared stories of “lives touched and enriched by Kevin,” as diocesan Vicar General the Very Rev. Karl Schilken put it. Prevou stepped down as the diocesan director of Youth, Young Adult, and Campus Ministry Aug. 8.
Erin Vader admitted that she experienced a “kind of a shock” when she glanced at her Facebook page on June 20, and found herself on the receiving end of a tsunami of joyful, congratulatory messages. Vader, a self-proclaimed “very proud” member of Nolan Catholic High School’s Class of 1988, had just been named the first layperson — and the first woman — to serve as president of her alma mater. The announcement of her appointment resulted in an explosion of delighted reactions from former students and classmates, colleagues, and friends.
Father George Curtsinger, the oldest priest of the Diocese of Fort Worth, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14. A Vigil was held Sunday, Aug. 17 at Thompson’s Harveson & Cole Funeral Home, and the Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, Aug. 18 at St. Patrick Cathedral in Fort Worth. Fr. Curtsinger is interred at Mount Olivet cemetery. The second of eight children, George Curtsinger was born Jan. 24, 1915, in Dallas, the son of Eugene C. Curtsinger and Josephine Bomba Curtsinger. In a 1994 interview with the North Texas Catholic, he recalled that he had suffered from poor health as a young child.