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Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week of Ordinary Time: The Twenty-fifth Anniversary of The Priestly Ordination of Bishop Michael Olson

July 9, 2019

On Tuesday, July 9, Most Reverend Michael F. Olson, STD, MA celebrated twenty-five years of priestly ministry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller, Texas. You can read his complete homily, which is posted on his blog Life on the Chrism Trail, by visiting the link below. (Photo by Juan Guajardo / NTC)

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Statement by the Diocese of Fort Worth regarding Father Richard Kirkham

Fort Worth Diocese

July 1, 2019

The Congregation for Clergy at the Vatican in a decree dated June 7, 2019 has ruled that Father Richard Kirkham’s resignation of June 4, 2018 as pastor of St. Martin de Porres in Prosper is valid. In its ruling, the Congregation also recognized that a new pastor of the parish was properly appointed by Bishop Olson and, under Catholic Canon law, Father Kirkham remains a priest of the Diocese but must vacate the parish rectory.

The Congregation has lifted the suspension of Father Kirkham, but he is without assignment. Bishop Olson will assess how to proceed after meeting with Father Kirkham; however, he will not return as pastor of St. Martin de Porres.

Complete statement

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Diocese of Fort Worth's continued effort to strengthen the safety posture at our parishes and schools
Complete statement | Declaración completa

Statement by Bishop Michael F. Olson regarding Conviction of a Volunteer for Sexual Abuse of a Minor
Complete statement

Statement Regarding the Laicization of Theodore E. McCarrick
Complete statement

Pastoral Letter Regarding the Release of Names by Other Texas Dioceses and Why the Diocese of Fort Worth Has Made Public the Names of Clergy Credibly Accused of Sexual Abuse of Minors Since 2007
Complete letter | Carta completa

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Bishop Michael F. Olson, S.T.D., M.A. was ordained bishop and installed as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth on January 29, 2014.

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