Thirty-seven men from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and occupations, gathered inside St. Patrick Cathedral Aug. 8 for a common purpose. Seated alongside spouses, children, and grandchildren, the group of aspirants entering the Permanent Deacon Formation Program, began the five-year journey toward ordination with a Mass concelebrated by Fort Worth Bishop Michael Olson and several diocesan priests.
It was evident that charity is the first principal of their order, as the Fort Worth Knights of Columbus presented Bishop Olson with a check for $196,097 at the 20th Annual Priest and Religious Appreciation Dinner. Held at St. Bartholomew Parish in Fort Worth, the dinner was attended by over 400 supporters, including more than 100 priests, sisters, deacons and seminarians.
After a six-year journey as a seminarian of the Diocese of Fort Worth, Matthew Tatyrek was ordained a transitional deacon Sat., July 25 at his home parish of Holy Family of Nazareth in Vernon.