Laraine Methke attended the 2013 National Right to Life Convention at the DFW Hyatt Regency Hotel on June 28 with renewed determination. Days earlier, the St. Joseph parishioner watched from her Arlington home as pro-abortion advocates shut down the legislative process in the Texas Senate and prevented passage of a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks. The bill, Senate Bill 5, also required abortion centers to meet the same standards required of hospital-style surgical centers and mandated that clinic doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital near their facility. Following Fort Worth State Sen. Wendy Davis’s 10-hour filibuster to block the bill from passing on June 25, scores of pro-abortion advocates yelled and screamed, interrupting the legislative process and preventing a vote from being completed by the midnight deadline.
Deacon James Wilcox did not find his 40th birthday at all upsetting. For a lot of people, 40 is a “freak-out,” he said, “using a popular term.” But April 4, 2013 didn’t bother him at all. “When I looked at the dates, I knew this was the year I would be ordained a priest!
“My personality type is I am a very organized person. I like to organize. I like to plan things.” And yet, for most of Deacon Khoi Tran’s life, he has been encountering and enduring events that were unorganized, and usually not the result of a plan. On June 29, Dcn. Tran will be ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Fort Worth at Vietnamese Martyrs Parish in Arlington.