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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.
Marking a critical step in their journey to the priesthood, three men were ordained to the transitional diaconate by Bishop Michael Olson during a morning Mass celebrated July 26 in St. Jude Parish.
Sister Mary Dorothy Powers still remembers in vivid detail her first day as a Sister of St. Mary of Namur. And, according to Sr. Dorothy and fellow jubilarians, Sister Devota Sweeney (75 years), Sister Mary Elaine Breen (60 years), Sister Jane Conway (60 years), Sister Joan Markey (60 years), and Sister Mary Jean Warmuth (60 years), it’s a life full of purpose, new challenges, and service to God.
According to Joan Grabowski, “Wow” doesn’t describe the natural beauty of Indonesia. A crystal clear shoreline reveals stretches of coral reef, pristine beaches are blanketed with white, pink, or black sand, and wild orchids grow effortlessly in the lush, tropical forest. “The physical beauty is so overwhelming it’s like paradise. It’s how I picture the Garden of Eden,” explained the St. Rita parishioner, who spent two months this spring in the Island of Flores located just east of Bali.
The women of the Sacred Heart Rosary Makers Guild in Muenster have found a way to increase the power of prayer exponentially through their mission of making and distributing rosaries. In the process of completing a rosary, each maker asks God to bless the person who will ultimately receive the sacred string of beads, and often offers up the Lord’s Prayer and a Hail Mary.