The Sisters of St. Mary of Namur are best known for educating thousands of North Texans in schools from Waco to Wichita Falls, but the religious order’s unseen and unnamed deeds of love and mercy extend far beyond the classroom.
Each week in our diocese, God works through eight religious sisters to perform a modern day loaves and fishes miracle. Instead of feeding thousands of hungry bodies, these eight women feed the minds, spirits, and souls of thousands of Hispanic Catholics.
The more Sister Patricia Ridgley studies the history of her order, the greater her respect grows for the five Sisters of St. Mary of Namur who left the security of their Belgium motherhouse for the perils of the New World.
Coaches yelling from the sidelines. Parents cheering against the other team. Players arguing with officials after a bad call. You won’t find those behaviors at local Catholic school athletic events thanks to a new program implemented in the Diocese of Fort Worth last fall.
Father Juan Guerrero Morales, CORC, baptized 62 individuals the first week he arrived at Holy Name of Jesus in Fort Worth, demonstrating the vast need for priests to serve the Spanish-speaking community. He and five other Confraternidad Sacerdotal de Operarios del Reino de Cristo (CORC) priests from Mexico, busily minister at three parishes in the Diocese of Fort Worth.