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.”
“You were chosen to serve, not to be served,” Bishop Michael Olson emphasized to Nghia Nguyen in prayer, scripture and his homily during his ordination to the transitional diaconate on March 7 at Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church in Arlington. “Christ is our deacon, teaching his disciples and washing their feet. Carry on this ministry of paramount importance.”