Pedro Martinez ordained a transitional deacon

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic

May 20, 2019

ARLINGTON — With the words, “Receive the Gospel of Christ whose herald you have become. Believe what you read. Teach what you believe, and practice what you teach,” Fort Worth Bishop Michael F. Olson presented Pedro Martinez with the Book of Gospels during an ordination rite that raised the seminarian to the sacred Order of the Diaconate.

woman kneeling at relic of St. Jean Vianney

Heart of a priest: St. Jean Vianney's heart inspires diocese's faithful

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic

May 22, 2019

FORT WORTH — When a friend told Anndra Mann a major, first-degree relic of St. Jean Vianney was on display in St. Patrick Cathedral May 16, she shepherded her six children into the family van and made the one-hour trip to downtown Fort Worth.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parishioner earns highest award

By Susan Moses
North Texas Catholic
May 17, 2019

Virginia NorredKELLER — Virginia Norred, a parishioner at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Keller, has earned the Stars and Stripes Award, the highest award in American Heritage Girls. She is only the 53rd young woman in Texas to earn the award.

Diocesan tribunal continues streamlining annulment proceedings 

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic 
May 14, 2019

FORT WORTH — The 200 to 300 people who apply for a marriage annulment in the Diocese of Fort Worth each year often approach the process with two fears, said Sara Paglialunga, JCD. “Their first fear is that it’s going to cost money,” explained the doctor of canon law.

Officials call for uncomfortable conversations about sex trafficking

By Matthew Smith
North Texas Catholic
May 15, 2019
FORT WORTH — Fort Worth sits on America’s largest crime corridor courtesy of Interstate 35W, a major transportation route for drugs, human trafficking, and other crimes, Fort Worth Police Officer Wayne Menzies said.

Pro-life leaders applaud passage of abortion bill in Alabama

By CNS Staff
Catholic News Service
May 15, 2019

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (CNS) — By passing a bill to ban abortion in nearly all circumstances, the Alabama Legislature has recognized that abortion is "the extinguishing of a unique human life," said the president and CEO of Americans United for Life.

For Victoria Ramon, an encounter with Christ changed everything

By Sandra Engelland
North Texas Catholic
May 23, 2019

Victoria RamonFORT WORTH — While growing up, attending Mass was just part of the routine for Victoria Ramon in her close-knit family, but everything started to change in the fall of 2014.

Take 5 with Father Albert: Power of Prayer

By Susan Moses
North Texas Catholic
May 1, 2019

HENRIETTA — Meet Father Albert Kanjirathumkal, HGN, who loves serving in a rural parish, celebrating the sacraments, and starting his day in prayer. He served at Sacred Heart Parish in Seymour and St. Mary of the Assumption Parish in Megargel for more than six years