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Sister Soledad Quintero’s decision to join the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur is rooted in a parish gathering she attended as an impressionable 7-year-old. “A missionary spoke to us about his ministry and showed us pictures of his work in Africa,” says the native of Puebla, Mexico who grew up in a very religious family. “That’s when I first got the idea of being a sister.”
For hundreds of Catholics across North Texas, the growing danger within the country of Honduras is a source of personal sorrow and concern. The Catholic Dioceses of Fort Worth and Juticalpa, Honduras, formed a “covenant partnership” in 1998 as a result of the devastation incurred by Hurricane Mitch to the already impoverished area.
There’s no doubt the STAR Sponsorship program made a difference in the life of Maria Barragan. “If I didn’t have the opportunity to be in the STAR Scholarship Program, my life would be a complete disaster…honestly!” she bursts, with a bit of youthful exaggeration. “I would have been another statistic to add to the Hispanic dropout rate.” Instead, the 18-year-old Nolan Catholic High School graduate attends St. Mary’s University in San Antonio where she is studying biology and chemistry.
The 2013 University of Dallas Ministry Conference (UDMC), one of the largest Catholic conferences of its kind in the United States, will take place Oct. 25-26 at the Irving Convention Center. Co-sponsored by the dioceses of Fort Worth and Dallas, the event is expected to draw nearly 5,500 participants, over 100 vendors and exhibitors, and will feature musical performances from up-and-coming Catholic artists.
DALLAS (CNS) -- Surveying the scene at this year's National Conference for Diocesan Vocation Directors convention in Dallas, Father Matthew Pawlikowski recounted an experience he has often had with soldiers in the military.