Bishop Michael Olson Ordained Fort Worth Diocese's Fourth Shepherd

Bishop Olson


Published Date: February 25, 2014

Rector of Holy Trinity Seminary for five years, Bishop Michael Olson was ordained the chief shepherd of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth last Wednesday, Jan. 29. More than 8,000 North Texas Catholics gathered in the Fort Worth Convention Center to attend the ordination, which was open to the public.

The diocese, which serves 700,000 Catholics, has been without a bishop since Kevin Vann left to lead the Diocese of Orange, Calif., in December 2012.

"Fear has no place in the life of a disciple," Bishop Olson said in his address. "Conversion is not a matter of climbing the rough staircase of fear, but of being raised up to God by the gift of love."

As rector of Holy Trinity Seminary, Bishop Olson grew enrollment and improved the quality of priestly formation. He was ordained a priest in the Fort Worth diocese in 1994.

Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell has named UD trustee and Dallas Diocese Vicar for Clergy Msgr. Greg Kelly the interim rector of Holy Trinity Seminary for the spring semester. Effective June 1, Rev. James Edward Swift, C.M., will be appointed rector of Holy Trinity Seminary. More information is available at the Dallas Diocese website.

PHOTO: Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth

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