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.
Deacon Robert Franklin Stuart, who served the Diocese of Fort Worth for almost 30 years, much of it at St. Catherine of Siena Church in Carrollton, died Jan. 16. “The best way to describe this dear sweet man is that Deacon Bob knew how to make others feel welcomed into our community through his handshake, smile, little jokes, friendly pat on the shoulder, and concern for our well being,” said Rosemary Manganilla, whose family has been members of St. Catherine since 1981.