More than 140 women traveled from across the diocese to attend the third annual Day of Reflection at St. Patrick Cathedral. But the March 19 gathering, hosted by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW), held particular meaning for one participant.
After years away from the faith, Evelyn Douglas is coming home. “I was baptized Catholic, but my parents weren’t church-going people,” the mother of two said after a Mass celebrated by Bishop Michael Olson. “When I married, I became a Methodist like my husband to keep the family together.”
When Paola Quintero-Araújo moved to Dallas in 1998, her plan was to practice dentistry.
But the Holy Spirit had another plan that nudged her in a different direction and eventually led to her selection as the new Director of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Fort Worth, a position she started April 1.
Quintero-Araújo, a native of Colombia, was just looking for a Spanish Mass to attend while living and working in Dallas. But that search led to several years of ministry with Hispanic youth and young adults in the Diocese of Dallas. “I was working all day and then working for the church in the evenings … and I found much more joy in working with the Church,” she explained.
One couple, who experienced the late Father Jim Pemberton’s joyful spirit and thoughtful sermons, said it best. In a condolence message left for his family they wrote: “The fact he went to be with our Lord on Holy Saturday tells us he was ready to be with Him to celebrate the Resurrection.”