A persistent call brings veteran to Catholicism, then priesthood

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic

May 15, 2017

FORT WORTH — John Martin always felt a call to serve. A desire to “give of myself in some way” eventually led the Trinity High School graduate to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. He later toyed with the idea of joining the highway patrol.

Holy Hour habit reprograms software engineer for priesthood

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic

May 15, 2017

ARLINGTON — Some men can pinpoint their first thoughts of the priesthood to grade school. Others say the words “come follow me” began resonating for them in high school or college.

100 years later, Our Lady of Fatima continues to mystify, inspire

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic
May 10, 2017

FORT WORTH — While in Rome to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary, Charles DeCastro asked his wife, Moneta, what gift he could give her to remember the occasion. “I told him the only thing I wanted was a large statue of Our Lady of Fatima — like the ones you see in a church,” said the Arlington pediatrician.

Texas bill to protect conscience of child services workers draws praise

By CNS Staff
Catholic News Service
May 17, 2017

AUSTIN, Texas (CNS) — Texas Catholic organizations praised a conscience protection bill (H.B. 3859) passed May 10 by the state House that allows workers in the foster care system to opt out of services that violate their religious beliefs.

Take 5 with Father: Joyful missionary finds love everywhere

By Susan Moses
North Texas Catholic
May 11, 2017

Take 5 with Father Balaji Boyalla, SAC, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Mineral Wells and St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Graford. He is also dean of the Southwest Deanery. He is a Pallottine priest hailing from Vijayawada, India.

Despite horrific persecution, Christianity is growing in N. Korea 

By Matt Hadro
Catholic News Agency
May 16, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News) — Although the North Korean government is doing everything it can to suppress Christianity, the faith continues to spread, said a defector and missionary who called for prayers and action to increase religious freedom in the country.

Long-awaited executive order on religion has unclear path ahead

By Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News Service
May 9, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) — At a White House ceremony May 4, President Donald Trump told a group of religious leaders: "It was looking like you'd never get here, but you got here, folks," referring to their presence at the signing of the order on religious liberty.

Jonathan Demma and Maurice Moon ordained to transitional diaconate

By Susan Moses
North Texas Catholic
May 1, 2017

KELLER — Jonathan Demma and Maurice Moon began the Mass of Ordination to the Diaconate with their families in the comfort and anonymity of the pews. During the Mass, they rose to answer God’s call to follow Him and serve his people.