While hearing confessions at a retreat a few weeks ago, Father Jack McKone received a thoughtful request from one of his young parishioners. “He asked if we could get a community of nuns to work here,” recalled the pastor of Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Guadalupe parishes in Wichita Falls. “He told me their presence helped him feel God’s love.”
Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver, former secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education, will deliver the keynote address at the eighth annual University of Dallas Ministry Conference (UDMC), “Walking Together in Faith,” scheduled for Oct. 23-25 at the Irving Convention Center in Irving. Archbishop Miller will address Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, (The Joy of the Gospel) and its role in contemporary Catholic ministry and education on Friday, Oct. 24, in English during the morning session and in Spanish during the afternoon session.
The number of Catholics within the 28-county Diocese of Fort Worth has skyrocketed, and many more are coming to North Texas, according to demographers. The burst of growth is recent. When Pope Paul VI split the Diocese of Fort Worth from the Diocese of Dallas-Fort Worth in 1969, the Catholic population was a mere 67,000. By 1986, the diocese had doubled in size to 120,000 Catholics.