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Father Dankasa: Summer again, or is it winter? Coming to terms with our limitations

In 2008 I arrived in Minnesota, where I lived for two years. Coming to Minnesota directly from Nigeria was a huge change. Of course, anyone who knows both Minnesota and Nigeria will know what I’m talking about — it’s the weather! Nigeria is warm — I mean hot — most of the year, with dry heat most of the time. I was born and raised there, so I love it, regardless, and I’m used to it and it’s no surprise. (But I have to admit that I do still complain when it gets too hot.)

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Answering God’s call to the priesthood

Father William Mobley is a man of many interests. From organic chemistry to mystery novels to what he calls his “grandmother hobbies”—cooking, baking, sewing, and crochet—he’s managed to collect quite the array of passions over the years. While many of these hobbies could capture his interest for a time, even a long time, nothing could capture his heart quite like God did.

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‘I see what the Lord has done for me’

Father Samuel Rendon’s journey to the priesthood began 19 years ago and more than 5,200 miles from his hometown of San Antonio while at World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany, surrounded by friends and strangers, all united in faith.

Father Parker Thompson

From altar server to priest

In a sense, Father Parker Thompson’s journey to the priesthood has been a lifetime in the making. As early as childhood, the idea of dedicating his life to the Church had already begun to take root in the young boy’s heart.

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Board for Mother Teresa Catholic School holds its first meeting

Members of the board for Mother Teresa Catholic School, a new Diocese of Dallas campus being developed in Collin County, held their inaugural board meeting April 24 at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Parish in Allen. Mother Teresa Catholic School, tentatively scheduled to open in the fall of 2026, will be located on 26 acres at the northwest corner of Independence Parkway and Main Street in Frisco.

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Father Bayer: Unveiling the eclipse

At Cistercian, we had an incredible view of the total eclipse on April 8. After weeks of wondering whether the weather forecast would prove true – total cloud cover and even rain – we excitedly noticed the sun piercing through the clouds just as the school was processing to the abbey to celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation. Clouds continued to diminish during Mass, and afterward we walked with gratitude to the football field to await totality.