When Joe Magnetico is patrolling the streets of East Fort Worth, he carries a duty belt with equipment needed to keep others — and himself — safe. But there is something else the police rookie wears for protection. Underneath the blue uniform of the Fort Worth Police Department is a scapular. “It’s not a good luck charm,” the 27-year-old is quick to explain. “But it has saved my life in a lot of ways.”
Sr. St. John Begnaud, SSMN, taught Scripture courses to college students, Spanish to seminarians, and English to African nuns in Cameroon, but when asked to recall her favorite memory, the first-rate educator, momentarily, was speechless. “I have lots of memories — beautiful memories,” said the Waco native who professed her final vows as a Sister of St. Mary of Namur 70 years ago. “I’ve received wonderful gifts — the gift of faith, Scripture, and the sacraments. There’s so much to be thankful for.”
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.