Formation Day

Securing our safety: Michael Short named first director of security

By Juan Guajardo
North Texas Catholic

February 26, 2020

FORT WORTH — On Nov. 5, 2017, a small white clapboard church in the 600-person town of Sutherland Springs, just outside San Antonio, became a place of horror rather than one of worship.

Bishop Olson with brother bishops

On the threshold: Bishop Olson brings diocese to Vatican for ad limina visit

By Susan Moses 
North Texas Catholic

February 26, 2020

FORT WORTH — Bishop Michael Olson traveled to Rome with 17 brother bishops plus “the entire Diocese of Fort Worth, in prayer, in spirit, and in heart” for his first “ad limina apostolorum” visit.

Shutoff cellphone, open Bible for Lent, pope tells faithful

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service 
February 26, 2020

Kobe with his daughterVATICAN CITY (CNS) — Lent is a time to remove all distractions and bitterness from one’s life in order to better hear God and those who suffer silently and need help, Pope Francis said. "It is the right time to turn off the television and open the Bible."

Building ties around the world: Bishop Olson visits Ghana

By Susan Moses
North Texas Catholic
February 26, 2020

Father Khoi TranFORT WORTH — The 6,295 miles between Fort Worth and Kumasi, Ghana is not as far as it appears. The distance became even smaller the last week of January, when Bishop Michael Olson and Father Maurice Moon visited the African country.

Almsgiving: An overshadowed Lenten pillar has something to say

By Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News Service
February 26, 2020

Kobe with his daughterWASHINGTON (CNS) — When it comes to the three pillars of Lent, almsgiving is a little bit like the middle child, not always getting the attention that prayer and fasting do. The word hardly rolls off the tongue and people don't talk about it as they might discuss what they are giving up for Lent.

Diocesan Tribunal moves from east Fort Worth to St. Patrick campus

By Juan Guajardo
North Texas Catholic 
February 20, 2020

Kobe with his daughterFORT WORTH — The staff for the Diocese of Fort Worth’s Tribunal started off 2020 in a new home, a one-story but large open-floor-plan space just across the street from St. Patrick Cathedral’s Religious Formation Building.

British Columbia couple on quarantined cruise ship relying on faith

By Agnieszka Ruck
Catholic News Service
February 15, 2020

Father Khoi TranVANCOUVER, British Columbia (CNS)  ̶   The morning routine hasn't changed for Marichu and Ding Camales-Torrijos since they and all other passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship were quarantined following discovery of the coronavirus on board.

Formation Day focuses on period of purification

By Matthew Smith
North Texas Catholic 
February 6, 2020

Kobe with his daughterFORT WORTH — Each year, ministers, directors of religious education, and RCIA instructors across the diocese come together for a day highlighting the importance of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and an opportunity for continued learning and renewal.