Stephen Hauck and John Martin ordained to priesthood

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic

May 22, 2017

FORT WORTH — Eleven-year-old Aidan Hauck expressed what others were feeling as they gathered inside St. Patrick Cathedral on May 20 for the ordination of Stephen Hauck and John Martin to the priesthood.

A heart for the poor

By Susan Moses
North Texas Catholic

May 26, 2017

FORT WORTH — Sometimes, “no” means “not yet.” In the 1960s and ‘70s, Father Robert Thames heard “no” a lot when he requested to be assigned missionary work.  When he finally received the “yes,” he made the most of the opportunity.

Pope, President Trump speak of hopes for peace

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
May 24, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump spent 30 minutes speaking privately in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 24, and as the president left, he told the pope, "I won't forget what you said."

Solutions for poverty require a community effort, leaders say

By Jenara Kocks-Burgess
North Texas Catholic
May 23, 2017

WICHITA FALLS — A great turnout for a summit on poverty fostered hope that Catholic Charities’ goal of moving 10,000 families out of poverty in the next decade can be met. Held at the Woman’s Forum in Wichita Falls, the panel discussion was hosted by Catholic Charities Fort Worth and Wichita Falls leaders.

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.

Legacy of service celebrated at CDA centennial in Wichita Falls

By Jenara Kocks Burgess
North Texas Catholic
May 26 2017

WICHITA FALLS — For Misty Humpert, recording secretary of Court Our Lady of Good Counsel No. 309 at Sacred Heart Parish in Wichita Falls, being a Catholic Daughter means being the hands and feet of Jesus.

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.

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.