Fr. George Foley offers a sneak peak at some of the church art he’s assembled from around the world

Fr-Foley-BUTTON.jpgWith dedication of a new church building for St. Jude Parish in Mansfield only a few months away, local Catholics are abuzz with speculation about what they might find inside. Some have heard that stained-glass windows created in the 1850s will be installed, while others tell of life-size statues of the saints carved by artisans in Mexico. Still others are talking about an altar and pulpit tooled by craftsmen in Vietnam from some of the world’s finest marble. The list of Church treasures being discussed seems endless, even to the point of being somewhat unbelievable. Some people have even passed along rumors that a white marble replica of the “Pietà” has been delivered to the parish and will be placed inside the church entrance.


Cardinal Rodríguez discusses role of G8 at UDMC press conference

Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB, archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, addressed attendees at the seventh annual University of Dallas Ministry Conference (UDMC) Friday, Oct. 25 at the Irving Convention Center.


Reunited Missionaries: In chance encounter, Congolese Marianist reconnects with SSMN from his past

Bosco-and-Sister-BUTTON.jpgAs a boy growing up in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jean Bosco “Mbau” Mukolo found great comfort and support in the company of the Catholic missionary sisters in his neighborhood. He even adopted his Christian name at the suggestion of the sisters, who saw something special in the youth. Saint John Bosco dedicated his life to the betterment and education of disadvantaged children and others in dire need of help. For three decades, Jean Bosco Mukolo, now age 35, has strived to live up to the name.


Bronx-based Franciscan Friars of the Renewal bring Catholic presence to the streets of Fort Worth

CFR-Mission-Prayer-BUTTON.jpgAs the rising sun casts a temporary amber glow over the drab, weathered buildings on Fort Worth’s near East Side, dozens of people make their way to the small St. Benedict’s Mission house on Cypress Street, just south of Lancaster Avenue. They wait for its door to swing open, eager to be greeted by the smile of thick-bearded religious men, dressed simply in gray hooded robes, open-toed sandals, and twisted-rope belts, each adorned with a crucifix.


Who are these Gray Friars?

Friars-Full-Standing-BUTTON.jpgThe Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal was started in 1987, by eight Capuchin Friars who worked for personal and communal reform in the Catholic Church. They sought a return to the roots of Franciscan life. Today, these “Gray Friars” — known for their simple gray habits and the humble, joyful life of a Franciscan — have grown to include more than 120 religious brothers serving at nine friaries in the U.S., four friaries in Europe, and two friaries in Central America.