Deacon Clarence Albert "Butch" Amos, 91, the most senior ordained Catholic Deacon of the Diocese of Fort Worth and a retired U.S. Air Force major, died Wednesday, Jan. 25. Retired diocesan employee Ann Healey remembers Dcn. Amos, former diocesan director of Permanent Deacons, as being instrumental in its formation of permanent deacons. "Butch Amos was very supportive to me, as I set up the Office of Permanent Deacon Formation in the diocese in 1984," said Ann Healey, who retired in 2010 after 26 years of service as the diocese’s director of Permanent Deacon formation program. "This was [our] first office for the formation of permanent deacons, and Butch was so effective in helping ‘spread the word’ to pastors and parishes that the Diocese of Fort Worth would now be forming its own permanent deacons," she said.
Almost two hours before the dedication of the new Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church in Arlington, Mary Nguyen and her brother, James Nguyen, braved the chilly morning weather to admire the outside of their church. After taking in the 75-foot bell tower, the large marble and granite statues depicting the stations of the cross lining the sidewalks, and the elegant oriental architecture with traces of Western and Spanish design, Mary Nguyen could only summon two words to describe it: “It’s beautiful.”
When Anglicanorum Coetibus, the Apostolic Constitution allowing members of the Anglican Communion to come into the Catholic Church and maintain many of their traditions in the form of personal ordinariates, was announced by Pope Benedict XVI in November of 2009, many local Episcopalians saw it as a calling to come into full communion with Rome.