Today is Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017


For Father Timothy Gollob, left, Bishop Edward J. Burns, right, will be his sixth Diocese of Dallas bishop. As a young Catholic school student in Tyler, Father Gollob said Bishop Joseph Patrick Lynch was the first to set him on his path to priesthood. (JENNA TETER/The Texas Catholic)

Diocese’s ongoing story of faith opens new chapter

Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m. there was a triple knock on the door of the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Who was knocking? It turned out to be the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, the Most Rev. Edward J. Burns, recently of the rainy slopes of Juneau, Alaska, now seeking to bring a new spirit of renewal to Texas. Read more


There is a contradiction in our culture which crosses all divides. It has to do with freedom. On the one hand, we are all taught to cherish freedom, whatever our social, religious or political background. But on the other hand, we tend to run from freedom as far as we possibly can. Read more

After a not too long wait, our diocese has been informed that our next leader will be coming down to these parts from the state of Alaska. This announcement has stirred up some powerful memories from my past. Read more

For the philosophers among us, the question of why clothes both express and conceal some aspect of our body-soul unity would be an intriguing topic of secular conversation. From the theological point of view, garments are featured at some of the most crucial moments of salvation history narrated in the Bible. The feast of the Epiphany is the perfect time to ponder the symbolism of clothing beyond the happy contemplation of little baby Jesus wrapped in his “swaddling clothes.” Read more

One of the most powerful memories of my trip to the Soviet Union in 1972 was a visit to an Orthodox church on the feast of the Assumption (they called it the Feast of the Dormition of Mary). Read more

The designation of Christ as “King of the Universe” can sound a bit fantastic to a secular or cynical mind. The title, so simple in concept and yet audacious in claim, could easily be applied to a mythological hero or a comic book character, fictional greats who have seemingly usurped the role of models worthy of imitation by children and adults alike. Read more

What a dynamic celebration we experienced at Holy Cross in October in a holy event honoring Sister Thea Bowman. After much planning and vigorous preparation, we assembled in the church to listen to the personal testimonials of folks who had met and had been influenced by Sister Thea. Read more

Many Catholics are asking themselves this question. It is important to let it challenge us. We are in a difficult situation, and it is healthy to admit it. Otherwise, we risk becoming closeminded, divided and politically ineffective. Read more

Sometime in my early scholastic years, I developed a sense that education was a competitive game. One was asked to know the correct answers to questions. It was not of primary importance that one knew all the ins and outs of what was being asked. What got you points was the precise, correct answer. Read more

As he departs for his new role as the Prefect for the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life at the Vatican, Bishop Kevin J. Farrell reflection on how his life has been filled with “Surprises of the Spirit” during his decade in Dallas. Read more





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