Msgr. Phil Johnson (1938-2013) left his legacy at St. Vincent de Paul, St. Michael parishes

“Humorous.” “Warm.” “Vibrant.” “Friendly.” Compassionate.” “Energetic.” “Collaborative.” “Joyful.” “A leader.” “An organizer.” ‘”Visionary.” Monsignor Philip Louis Johnson was thus lovingly described at his funeral Mass, celebrated April 25 at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Arlington, a parish he founded in 1976 and led as its pastor until 2001.

Helping young people build a relationship with Jesus Christ at Youth 2000

Youth 2000 retreats put on by the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal tackle issues and problems facing today’s young people, but Brother Crispin Rinaldi’s message of hope and life held special meaning for one group visiting from a Houston-area parish whose youth ministry is mourning the recent suicide of a 15-year-old member of their group.

Food Fast teaches Northwest Deanery teens solidarity with poor and hungry

Food-Fast-Button.jpgWhen Cassie Erazo became the youth minister of Sacred Heart Church in Wichita Falls in 2006, she had never heard of a Food Fast Retreat, but the teens encouraged her to put one on because they had attended one before she came.