“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.”
Father James Weldon Pemberton, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, died Saturday, April 4 in Fort Worth, at the age of 81, after a lengthy illness. Fr. Pemberton will lie in state at Thompson’s Harveson & Cole, 702 Eighth Ave., Fort Worth, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 7. A Vigil will be held for Fr. Pemberton at Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 2100 N. Davis Dr., Arlington at 7 p.m. April 7. Fr. Pemberton’s Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 8 at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Arlington, Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery on Fort Worth’s near North Side.
The Diocese of Fort Worth had a strong presence at the Texas Capitol in Austin Mar. 24 when Bishop Michael F. Olson was joined by more than 50 area faithful, including several youth, for the 2015 Texas Catholic Conference (TCC) Faith in Action Advocacy Day. Through the TCC the bishops of Texas act together to advocate for state policies and programs that support the life and dignity of every person from conception to natural death.