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Finally formally announced: Fort Worth gets FSSP parish June 24, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Latin Mass, Sacraments, sanctity, Tradition, Victory, Virtue.

Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth paid a surprise visit to the Fort Worth Latin Mass community parish (Our Lady of thefwlogohiresAssumption) to make a special announcement: Fort Worth will soon have its own full-time FSSP parish.  The names of the two priests to be assigned have already been determined: Fr. Karl Pikus and Fr. Peter Byrne.  Approvals are already essentially complete, it is expected the priests could arrive as early as August.  More below:

This past Sunday The Fort Worth Latin Mass Community had a surprise visitor…Bishop Olson.

He came to announce that an official apostolate parish for the FSSP will soon be established in the diocese.

He said all of the paperwork should be finalized some time in July.  After that we will be welcoming two new priests, Fr. Karl Pikus and Fr. Peter Byrne, no specific date was given.

The Bishop welcomes all of the members of the Fort Worth Latin Mass community to email him, officeofthebishop@fwdioc.org, with name suggestions.  He only asks that it not be a duplicate name of a parish already in the Fort Worth Diocese.

I have heard a rumor, and it is only that, that the new parish will be in White Settlement.  If so, that’s a bit out of the way for a lot of folks.  It’s on the northwest side of Tarrant County.  Nice if you’re stationed at Carswell, though.

I feel rather vindicated. When Bishop Olson blocked the offering of the TLM at Fisher-More College during its final days, due to numerous administrative and other problems ongoing at the former college, I was about the only traditional-leaning blogger who defended his action (and I took it on the chin pretty good for doing so).  I knew a lot more about the situation at Fisher-More and the reasons for Olson’s action than the vast majority of those who commented, almost all of whom really attacked the bishop for an alleged animus against the TLM. I also knew that Fort Worth would not be long in getting a permanent, full-time TLM parish.  I thank Bishop Olson for his generosity and his patience in putting up with some pretty hardcore attacks.*

And so now 1 1/2 years later Fort Worth is going to have a full-time TLM staffed by two priests with daily Mass and Confession.  That’s an enormous good for the entire Diocese and region, and indicates anything but a bias against the TLM.  Fort Worth will now be among a minority of US dioceses to have the TLM available daily.  The DFW area will now have 3 FSSP parishes with two or more priests within about an hour’s drive of central Dallas. That is awesome.



* – no I’m not saying Bishop Olson is Mr. Traditional nor is he my hero, I’m just saying the situation with the Mass at Fisher-More was all to do about Fisher-More and nothing to do with Bishop Olson’s views on the TLM.


1. camper - June 24, 2015

I’m surprised there are going to be two priests. Doesn’t that make two parishes for the FSSP in DFW? And five priests in the metroplex? Hooray!

BTW, Tantum, though I support you to the hilt, and though I know it is a dead issue, I disagree with you on Fisher-More. I wish the bishop instead had taken away their mass. Would have been a better precedent, I think. camper

Tantumblogo - June 24, 2015

Did you mean to say you wish he hadn’t taken away their Mass, or the Mass overall and not just the TLM? After the TLM was cancelled, there were no more Masses of any kind at FMC, to my knowledge.

camper - June 26, 2015

I didn’t realize that there were no more masses at Fisher-More. I think that that is a much better precedent than what I thought had happened. BTW, enjoy Kansas.

2. DM - June 25, 2015

I’m surprised Bishop Olson was able to get the FSSP so fast, with all the other places that have been waiting for them for years. I believe Fr. John Berg mentioned several years ago that the Fraternity would like to get into San Antonio, given its ideal central location in Texas, etc. I hope that diocese will still get the FSSP within the next few years, and perhaps take over the TLM community at St Pius X.

This marks two years in a row that Texas has gotten the newest FSSP apostolate in North America, so things sure are looking up there. Who knows, maybe DFW will eventually even get a third FSSP parish. Tantum has mentioned the Mater Dei community is already bursting at the seams with their current church, and with the continual growth of the Dallas metro area, maybe there will be enough demand, and room, for another FSSP parish eventually (although that might have to wait until after Bishop Farrell’s retirement)..

skeinster - June 25, 2015


It may, and this is only speculation, have something to do with the age of the Fort Worth apostolate. They have been served by our FSSP priests from almost the beginning of our Dallas community- going on nearly a quarter of a century (1991, I think).

They, and our priests who drove over to Fort Worth after a long day in Dallas, may be reaping the reward for their faithfulness.

But San Antonio- that would be great.

richardmalcolm1564 - June 25, 2015

The consensus at Mater Dei now is to expand the present church, as funds become available, rather than erect a mission church in North Dallas.

But that may be in part because the Diocese is unwilling to sanction a mission church. Wouldn’t surprise me.

St. Anibale - June 25, 2015

Regarding the possibility of the FSSP coming in and “taking over” an existing diocesan Latin Mass community the most optimistic thing I can say is that I would always hope that such a thing went well. The most realistic thing I can say is that in our own community, where that very thing happened, the results have not been something to write home about.

We live in an era where bishops and chanceries and diocesan priests are pretty estranged from, and pretty alienated by authentic Catholicism. They may have various reasons for bringing the FSSP in, but I only know a couple of places where one could suggest that it was because there was some sort of reverence or respect for authentic Catholic doctrine and liturgy, and even then it was as a sort of “poor step-sister.”

When you have diocesan officials and priests who have no love for authentic Catholicism and you combine that with particular priests who see their liturgy simply as a legitimate option and whose primary motivation is playing well with others, you have the right combination for failure, which is what most of these bishops want with reference to “traditional” Catholicism.

It is unfortunate, but before assuming that the FSSP “taking over” a local Latin Mass community is an unmitigated good, perhaps asking around a bit will help. If your story plays out like ours, you might just get what you wish, and we all know where that can go.

skeinster - June 25, 2015

St. A.,
If you’re talking about Fort Worth- not a problem. That community has been served from the beginning by the FSSP.
They are simply assigning them two priests for their new parish.

Sorry your situation did not go well.

St. Anibale - June 26, 2015

Nope. I was replying to the suggestion that perhaps the FSSP could “take over the TLM community” at St. Pius X in San Antonio.

Our own situation is not in any of the places mentioned. It is a true unfortunate shame.

Into the future I will support diocesan Latin Mass communities avoiding the temptation to regard the FSSP as something that will necessarily improve their lot.

3. atsa4you - June 25, 2015

Its too bad that Father Michael Rodriguez can’t find a “home” here or within the SSPX. Has anyone heard how he is doing following his sabbatical?

4. David - June 25, 2015

Few people know how large the demographics of the Fort Worth diocese are. The Fort Worth diocese goes as far west as Wichita Falls, and includes Gainsville, Muenster, and I believe Hillsboro. Putting a TLM adjacent to Fort Worth city limits makes sense.

In some dioceses, the bishop has granted faculties to the FSSP and gives them an existing parish with traditional architecture. I believe Slattery did this in Tulsa, and I think the bishop of Scranton did the same years ago when the FSSP was welcomed there.

In recent years, the Archdiocese of Galveston Houston granted faculties to the FSSP, and they have a parish somewhere on the northwest side. I think it is called Regina Caeli.

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