Educator and pastoral associate Sister Mary Helen Fuhrmann, SSMN, dies at 82

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen

North Texas Catholic
December 7, 2017

FORT WORTH — Heaven gained a special saint today.Those poignant words expressed the sorrow and loss felt by parishioners at St. Mary Parish in Gainesville, and others in the Diocese of Fort Worth, after learning of the unexpected death of Sister Mary Helen Fuhrmann Dec. 4.

Clothed in Christ: Two novices don Carmelite habit

By Susan Moses

North Texas Catholic
December 12, 2017

ARLINGTON — Assuming a new name was “thrilling,” agreed Sister Lucia of the Holy Eucharist and Sister Marie Therese of the Holy Face of Jesus.  They likened it to Jesus changing Simon’s name to Peter — a new name symbolizing a new mission.

Most merciful mother: Local faithful honor Our Lady of Guadalupe 

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic
December 12, 2017

FORT WORTH  — Monica Lopez knows the power of devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Four years ago, the mother of three school-age children was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. She believes praying for the intercession of the Virgin Mary, who appeared to Juan Diego in 1531, spared her life.

Living by Church's calendar at home draws families closer to Mass, saints

By Maria Wiering
Catholic News Service
December 4, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — Growing up in St. Louis, Susanna Spencer loved her family's Advent tradition of adorning a Jesse Tree with Old Testament symbols leading up to Christ's birth. She continued the tradition while in college at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.

Christian leaders to Trump: Jerusalem move could have dire results

By Judith Sudilovsky
Catholic News Service
December 6, 2017
JERUSALEM (CNS) — In an open letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, Christian leaders in Jerusalem said U.S. recognition of the city as the capital of Israel could have dire regional consequences. The Christian leaders said their "solemn advice and plea" for the president was to continue recognizing the international status of Jerusalem.

DACA beneficiary awaits future with faith, hope, and song

By Susan Moses
North Texas Catholic
December 6, 2017

FORT WORTH — For most of her life, Carolina Imperial considered herself a caged songbird. “I felt so tied up.” In 1995, Imperial’s parents brought six-year-old Carolina and her three siblings to Fort Worth from Monterrey, Mexico, fearing the crime and violence that ultimately took her uncle’s life.

Angel figurines deliver message of love at Ohio senior care facility

By Jerri Donohue
Catholic News Service
December 4, 2017

BEDFORD, Ohio (CNS) — Sister Helen Scasny studied the wall of glass-enclosed cases stretching from floor to ceiling inside the entrance of Light of Hearts Villa, a senior care center in Bedford. Almost 900 angel figurines of various ages, sizes and materials crowd well-lit shelves.

87-year-old receives new spiritual life with Confirmation, Holy Eucharist

By Lance Murray
North Texas Catholic
November 28, 2017

ARLINGTON — You’re never too old to become a Catholic. Just ask 87-year-old Edward Geisel. Geisel realized his dream after his wife’s death, but he feels blessed with his new spiritual life.“God works in mysterious ways, and he was working in my life,” Geisel said.