Today is Friday, May 26th, 2017


Contributor John Paul II High School sophomore student Sarah Melén, a goalkeeper for the Plano school’s soccer team and an all-state tuba player for its band, has earned a spot on Sweden’s national under-16 soccer team. (RON HEFLIN/Special Contributor)

Sophomore’s talents find home on international stage

Sarah Melén felt the full impact of her USA-Swedish dual citizenship in the weight room of John Paul II High School during the 2016 Rio Olympics last August. The sophomore goalkeeper for the Cardinals soccer team, who recently returned from training as a member of Sweden’s National Under-16 “Football” Team, watched the USA-Sweden women’s Olympic quarterfinal match on a TV that the strength coaches set up for her. Read more


In the soothing stillness of the St. Jude Chapel, a young family of four devoted part of a mid-March afternoon to praying in the downtown Dallas sanctuary. Three other visitors joined the family in gazing above the altar at the soaring “Risen Christ” mosaic—a 30-foot-tall image of the transfigured Christ backed predominantly in dozens of shades of blue, from sea and sky, to cornflower and indigo. Read more

The best way to evangelize can often be the simplest. Such is the case for Father Jason Cargo, the tech-savvy pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church who has begun leading his parishioners in a daily, Lenten recitation of the rosary as they walk through the parish’s surrounding neighborhoods. Read more

With an air of celebration, anxiety and hope, St. Paul Catholic School bid a temporary farewell to fifth-grader Nicole Hall during an all-school assembly on Feb. 17, as she began preparing for a kidney transplant set to take place on March 14. Her father, Aaron, will be the donor. Principal Darbie Safford said news that a transplant had finally been scheduled was a relief for the entire school — and a cause for celebration. Read more

Seeking the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe and vowing to exhaust himself for Jesus Christ by working side-by-side with his new flock, Bishop Edward J. Burns was installed as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Dallas at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe Feb. 9.
Read more

With a big smile and an outstretched hand, Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell said it was great to spend a Sunday morning in a parish like he had done for many years as bishop of Dallas. “This is my Rome parish,” he told the congregation at the Church of St. Julian the Martyr on Via Cassia near the northern edge of the city. The prefect of the new Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life entered the College of Cardinals in November, and Pope Francis chose St. Julian as his titular church, a sign of the cardinal’s bond with the Diocese of Rome. Read more

When George Teague, 45, began as John Paul II High School’s head football coach on Jan. 3, he brought a strong portfolio as a football player on all levels and coaching experience, most recently at the June Shelton School, which made the TAPPS Division III playoffs under Teague. His nine NFL seasons included five with the Cowboys and three with the Green Bay Packers, who selected him in the 1993 NFL Draft’s first round. Read more

Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Edward Burns of the Diocese of Juneau, Alaska, as the new bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, succeeding Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, who is now the prelate for the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life at the Vatican. The announcement was made Dec. 13 in Washington, D.C., by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, papal nuncio to the United States. Read more

Edgemere, a retirement community in Dallas, recently brought a little holiday cheer to the residents and staff of St. Joseph’s Residence, a need-based assisted living community, by preparing, cooking and serving a holiday feast. The Edgemere team even did all the cleanup following the annual luncheon. Read more

Pope Francis elevated 17 new cardinals to the College of Cardinals Nov. 19, including former Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, who is now the prelate of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life at the Vatican. With other cardinals, archbishops and bishops from around the world in attendance, along with family and friends from their home dioceses, the new cardinals heard the continuing message of mercy from Pope Francis. Read more





Subscribe to The Texas Catholic

Get the award-winning Texas Catholic delivered to your door. Use the menu below to subscribe now.

Subscription length


Kindred Spirits

Click here to find your favorite Texas Catholic photographs.