William (Bill) Morgan Vann, Jr., 89, the father of Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange, California, and former bishop of Fort Worth, died peacefully at St. John’s Hospice in Springfield, Illinois, at midnight on Nov. 13, with family at his side.
At the start of 2014, several leaders of the Diocese of Fort Worth Deaf Ministry were part of a delegation to greet and welcome Bishop Michael Olson during his ordination at the Tarrant County Convention Center. They expressed gratitude for his support of the Fort Worth Catholic Community for the Deaf and all the Church. Near the end of the year, the bishop met with the local Deaf Community at their monthly worship and fellowship place — St. Rita Church in Fort Worth — and thanked to them for their devotion to Christ and his Church. The bishop concelebrated Mass with Father Ken Robinson, deaf ministry chaplain, for about 50 members of the Deaf Community Nov. 2 at St. Rita.
Students in white lab coats, pharmacists, nurses in scrubs, doctors, and other healthcare professionals — nearly 40 of them — lined the center pews of St. Patrick Cathedral Oct. 6. Every year around the feast day of St. Luke, the patron saint of doctors and surgeons, medical workers flock to the cathedral to attend the White Mass, a service held specifically for those in the health professions. Hosted by the Medical Association of Catholic Students (MACS) at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth, the Mass is an important reminder of the purpose and sense of mission behind many of the healing professions, according to Ruben Solis, a first-year medical student.