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Nolan’s new president Erin Vader has led a life dedicated to Catholic education

Erin-Vader-Nolan-Grad-BUTTON.jpgErin 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, oldest priest of the diocese, dies at the age of 99

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.


Ronaldo Mercado, Keith Hathaway, and Michael Greco ordained to transitional diaconate

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.

Six Jubilarians collectively celebrate 365 years of service to their congregation and society

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.

St. Rita parishioner Joan Grabowski went to Indonesia to help priests and seminarians learn English

Joan-Grabowski-w-priests-BUTTON.jpgAccording 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.