It was a Golden Jubilee, yet the honoree, in white cape, a crown of flowers, and brilliant smile, had the aura of a young woman at her first prom. Her face seemed far too young and radiant to have lived a half century in a Carmelite Monastery. But it was true. Mother Maria of Jesus Crucified, the former Patricia Anne Brinkley, having entered in 1961, and professed her first vows in the Carmelite Monastery when it was located on Sunset Terrace in Fort Worth, was marking 50 years since her final vows.
When organizers planning the closing ceremony for the Diocese of Fort Worth’s observation of the Year of Faith needed someone to reflect on Pope Francis’ first encyclical Lumen Fidei, they turned to a spiritual leader well-versed in guiding others toward the light of faith.
When the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) teachers arrived at All Saints School 17 years ago, the pastor, Father Stephen Jasso, TOR, quickly noticed a change in the student body. Youngsters at the Northside campus were more reverential at Mass and had a better understanding of the Eucharist.