The keynote address was an hour long, and yet the audience sat mesmerized. They were silent most of the time, as the speaker, Pam Tebow, spoke of motherhood, mission, and ministry, and they laughed uproariously as she told anecdotes, and sang children’s scripture melodies she had once composed. It was The Bishop’s 9th Annual Catholic Pro-Life Banquet, and the record crowd of more than 700 people got their money’s worth. They were there to hear stories of life — “God Stories” of life, Tebow had called them — and the audience ate them up, like a second dessert.
Dr. John Jackson, the physicist who led a team that thoroughly examined the Shroud of Turin in 1978, and his wife Rebecca, will speak at St. Maria Goretti Church, 1200 S. Davis Dr. in Arlington at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23. The event will coincide with an exhibit put together by Most Blessed Sacrament parishioner Louis Juarez that includes a life-size photograph of the shroud in the church’s cafetorium.
Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fidei, will be the centerpiece of the closing ceremony for the Year of Faith in the Diocese of Fort Worth. On Nov. 24, an event celebrating the end of this jubilee year will take place at Most Blessed Sacrament Parish in Arlington. Special guests Bishop Oscar Cantú of Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Monsignor Michael Olson, rector of Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, will participate in the festivities which will begin with Mass and conclude with Evening Prayer.