Southwest

Stories of Faith

Texas Parish Thrives with Resident Pastor - During World War II, members of the Catholic community in Van Horn, Texas, made a promise to one another. If all of their sons returned home safely, they would build a new church to honor Our Lady of Fatima. More than 60 years later, Our Lady of Fatima stands as a reminder...

A young mission diocese is on its way to becoming self-sustaining - The Diocese of Tyler in east Texas is one of the smallest dioceses in the United States in terms of population—only about 4% of the area is Catholic. But in recent years, it has boasted some of the largest diaconate classes in the country. It also is one of the most successful dioceses in terms of recruiting seminarians...

A thriving prison ministry provides a Catholic presence for long-term inmates. - Frank is not your typical Catholic. He is serving a life sentence at Clements Unit, a prison in Amarillo, Texas. Despite his separation from the rest of the world, Frank does not feel alone. He and approximately 1,500 inmates across seven prisons in the Diocese of Amarillo are ministered to by a team of five priests, eight deacons and eighteen lay volunteers who spend their time bringing the "outside" Church to the "inside."