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The dignity of the prisoner

Inmates of the James V. Allred Prison Unit in Iowa Park who take part in the Diocese of Fort Worth’s prison ministry read last spring that the newly-elected Pope Francis washed prisoners’ feet during Holy Thursday Mass: They were more than impressed. Some of them were moved to express their appreciation to the Pope for directly ministering to people in prison, said Deacon Russell Detwiler, chaplain for the ministry.

A never-ending vocation of service

Fr.-Curtsinger---Chris-_-Father-BUTTON.jpgIn his 2014 Lenten message, Pope Francis said he was inspired by the words of Saint Paul in his letter to the Corinthians: “For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9). Putting this call into action and coming into alignment with it have come in many creative ways, not the least of which is exemplified by 99-year-old Father George Curtsinger and his caregiver Chris Wallace.

Need for unity drew Father Jonathan Duncan to Rome

Fr.-Duncan-Portrait-BUTTON.jpgAfter years of prayerful discernment, Jonathan Duncan, 31, former rector of Holy Comfort Episcopal Church in Cleburne, was received into the Catholic Church on All Saints Day 2013. It’s a decision that’s brought him peace and a renewed sense of mission. Within five months, he would be ordained a Catholic priest on March 29.

Annual Vocation Day teaches fifth-graders to be open to God’s will

Victoria Villalobos had never met a religious sister before. The Diocesan Fifth Grade Vocation Day, observed March 26 at Holy Family Church, provided an opportunity. “It was interesting learning about the nuns and sisters and what they do daily and all the jobs they have,” said the student from St. Maria Goretti School in Arlington who heard several speakers talk about their lives before and after entering the convent.

John XXIII, John Paul II changed the way church relates to other faiths

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II left lasting marks on the way the Catholic Church understands other religions and the way it interacts with believers of other faith communities.