Fort Worth landmarks and clear, sunny skies served as the backdrop for an outdoor Stations of the Cross service led by Bishop Michael F. Olson on Good Friday morning. Approximately 200 people turned out for the event held annually on a grassy median bordering Lancaster Avenue near St. Patrick Cathedral and the historic downtown post office.
Boy Scouts in the Diocese of Fort Worth apply the former definition to their heroes, and they respect these qualities in such holy figures as St. Kateri Tekakwitha, St. Paul Miki, recently sainted St. John Paul II, Blessed Father Junipero Serra, Blessed Carlos Rodriguez, and Venerable Father Michael McGivney.
The Footsteps of the Saints Pilgrimage, which started as an idea to deepen the faith of Catholic Boy Scouts in the Diocese of Fort Worth, is enriching the spirituality of Scouts 6,500 miles away in Japan.
Depicted in sacred hand-carved sculptures, marble statuary, stained-glass windows, and framed artwork, Jesus and the saints joined 2,000 parishioners of St. Jude in Mansfield in the 27,000-square-foot church during a special dedication Mass and consecration on April 12. After Bishop Michael F. Olson handed over the keys to the front doors to pastor Father George Foley parishioners followed a Knights of Columbus honor guard procession into the church.
For Margie Gomez, the man born Karol Jozef Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland was a saint long before plans for his canonization on April 27, 2014 were announced,insists the St. Andrew parishioner who stood inches from Pope John Paul II when he visited San Antonio in 1987.