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LOURDES, France (CNS) -- It looked like any other military parade with bands playing, flags waving and thousands of men and women marching in colorful uniforms decorated with medals and ribbons.
The life of a man can change forever once he decides to follow Jesus Christ and devote his time on earth to serving the Church. In the Diocese of Fort Worth, on average it requires a nine-year commitment, including four years of undergraduate work, four years of masters-level theological studies, and a one-year internship at a parish. In addition, seminarians are expected to be fluent in at least two languages — English and Spanish.
Now in his second year at the University of St. Thomas School of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, Stephen Hauck is on track to be ordained a Diocese of Fort Worth priest in 2017. A man dedicated to serving God and the Church, Hauck said he never really chose to be a priest. Instead, he explained, the “the priestly vocation chose me first.”
There’s a special reason why Corina Pinela wanted to attend this year’s Chrism Mass. During the solemn Holy Week liturgy, celebrated April 15 in St. Patrick Cathedral, Bishop Michael Olson blessed the oil and consecrated the chrism used to administer sacraments in diocesan parishes throughout the year.
Joe Storto saved two babies from abortion the week before Easter. What does the experienced sidewalk counselor say to convince troubled mothers to drive out of the abortion center parking lot? There are no magic words or winning formula, he admits.