Finally formally announced: Fort Worth gets FSSP parish June 24, 2015Posted 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 theAssumption) 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, email@example.com, 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.