More than 100 Catholics from the Diocese of Fort Worth joined their voices with several thousand pro-life supporters at the Texas Rally for Life on the steps of the State Capitol in Austin Jan. 25 in loud approval of comments from elected officials and other speakers. They traveled to Austin on buses chartered by the diocese’s Respect Life Office. That office’s director, Mike Demma, said this was the first Texas Rally for Life bus trip to Austin that the diocese has organized. Past trips were undertaken by parishes and church-related organizations.
The Catholic Church teaches that all life is precious and valuable. Dawn and Vincent Booth, along with their five children, personified that belief for the 500 worshippers who turned out for the 2014 diocesan Respect Life Mass Jan. 24 at St. Patrick Cathedral. Seated in one of the front pews, Dawn Booth cradled the couple’s youngest child, John Patrick, in her arms. The four-year-old was born with Pallister-Killian Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects physical and mental development. Much smaller than other children his age, John Patrick can still rest comfortably inside a baby carrier.
Approximately 8,500 Catholics from across North Texas and beyond traveled to the Fort Worth Convention Center Jan. 29 to watch one of their own diocesan priests, Monsignor Michael Fors Olson, become the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth during an ordination Mass steeped in tradition, ritual, and majesty. Thunderous applause erupted from the audience, as the newly ordained bishop circled the convention center arena to greet the assembly at the close of the three-hour ceremony. Some journeyed by bus from as far away as Muenster, Pilot Point, and Wichita Falls to meet the new leader of their diocese.