Holy Trinity Rector Named Fort Worth Bishop

Pope Francis Names Holy Trinity Rector Michael Olson the Bishop of Fort Worth

Pope Francis has named Holy Trinity Seminary Rector Msgr. Michael Olson the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth. Bishop-elect Olson will be inaugurated Jan. 29, 2014, at a 2 p.m. Mass in the Fort Worth Convention Center.

"Although the University of Dallas and Holy Trinity Seminary will miss his leadership, his scholarship and his engaging personality, we gladly make the sacrifice knowing that the Catholic Church and the Diocese of Fort Worth will be well served by a true leader," said President Thomas W. Keefe.

Bishop-elect Olson, who has also served as an adjunct professor in UD's Philosophy Department, was ordained for the Fort Worth Diocese on June 3, 1994. He was named a chaplain of his holiness with the title monsignor in 2010. He succeeds Bishop Kevin Vann, who was named bishop of Orange, California, on Sept. 21, 2012.

Bishop-elect Olson attended Theological College in Washington and holds bachelor's and master's degrees in philosophy from The Catholic University of America. He attended St. Mary's Seminary in Houston, where he received a master of arts in theological studies and a master of divinity in theology from the University of St. Thomas, Houston. He also holds a doctorate in moral theology from the Academia Alfonsiana in Rome.

Assignments after ordination included 1994-1997, parochial vicar, St. Michael's Church, Bedford, Texas; 1997-2001, pursuit of doctoral studies at St. Louis University's Center for Health Care Ethics in the Catholic Tradition; 2001-2006, formation director, St. Mary's Seminary, Houston; 2006-2008, vicar general, Diocese of Fort Worth and pastor, St. Peter the Apostle Church, Fort Worth; and 2008-present, rector, Holy Trinity Seminary.

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