Sister Lola ‘Ulupano professes her first vows as a Sister of St. Mary of Namur

Sr-Lola-1st-Vows-Button.jpgSister Lola ‘Ulupano promised to show her congregation — the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur — something they had never seen before during her profession of first vows ceremony at St. Michael Church. She did not disappoint. The native of Tonga asked members of her ethnic parish community to incorporate some of their religious customs into the Aug. 17 Mass celebrated by Father Jeff Poirot. They honored her request with a rousing Procession of the Word marked by uplifting music from the Tongan choir, dancing, and a float.

Sister Soledad Quintero enters the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur

Sr-Soledad-BUTTON.jpgSister Soledad Quintero’s decision to join the Sisters of St. Mary of Namur is rooted in a parish gathering she attended as an impressionable 7-year-old. “A missionary spoke to us about his ministry and showed us pictures of his work in Africa,” says the native of Puebla, Mexico who grew up in a very religious family. “That’s when I first got the idea of being a sister.”

In wake of Honduras travel ban, parishioners look for other mission opportunities

For hundreds of Catholics across North Texas, the growing danger within the country of Honduras is a source of personal sorrow and concern. The Catholic Dioceses of Fort Worth and Juticalpa, Honduras, formed a “covenant partnership” in 1998 as a result of the devastation incurred by Hurricane Mitch to the already impoverished area.

STAR Scholarship offers educational opportunities

STAR-for-BUTTON.jpgThere’s no doubt the STAR Sponsorship program made a difference in the life of Maria Barragan. “If I didn’t have the opportunity to be in the STAR Scholarship Program, my life would be a complete disaster…honestly!” she bursts, with a bit of youthful exaggeration. “I would have been another statistic to add to the Hispanic dropout rate.” Instead, the 18-year-old Nolan Catholic High School graduate attends St. Mary’s University in San Antonio where she is studying biology and chemistry.

UDMC to feature papal advisory committee chair Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez

UDMC-Button.jpgThe 2013 University of Dallas Ministry Conference (UDMC), one of the largest Catholic conferences of its kind in the United States, will take place Oct. 25-26 at the Irving Convention Center. Co-sponsored by the dioceses of Fort Worth and Dallas, the event is expected to draw nearly 5,500 participants, over 100 vendors and exhibitors, and will feature musical performances from up-and-coming Catholic artists.