TCU asks for Catholic campus priest, no specific answers from diocese

first_img‘Horned Frogs lead the way’: A look at TCU’s ROTC programs TCU 360 staff win awards at the Fall National College Media Convention Facebook printTCU aims to support all aspects of students’ lives, including their spiritual development, but members of Religious & Spiritual Life (RSL) have some limitations, especially when it comes to filling positions of leadership for represented denominations on campus, including the Catholic community.Catholic individuals make up 33 percent of the student population who claimed a religious preference, said the Rev. Angela Kaufman, TCU’s campus minister.According to the 2018 Fact Book, there are more than 2,300 Catholic students at TCU.Despite these statistics, there has not been a dedicated Catholic priest on campus since 2017.The previous Catholic priest who served TCU was Rev. James Wilcox. The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth reassigned him in 2017. Before Wilcox, the Rev. Charles Calabrese served as the Catholic campus chaplain, leaving in 2015.Originally on loan from a diocese in Ohio just for one year, Calabrese was permitted to stay on campus for 30 years.“Even the people that weren’t Catholic that I knew, they admired him and respected him just because he had been there for so long,” said Jake Harris, who graduated from TCU in 2014. “He was like an institution.”Harris said his relationship with Calabrese grew when they were working together to plan the Awakening retreats. Harris, who converted to Catholicism during his time at TCU, said he admired the priest’s ability to be committed to the task at hand while at the same time being available to talk with students.The Rev. Todd Boling, TCU’s senior associate chaplain, worked with Calabrese for four years and said he was dedicated to his work, sometimes staying on campus later than any other religious officials.“Father Charlie always did a great job of listening, of being present to what the person might be bringing to him and offering the simplest form of wisdom available — but it felt like the most profound thing you’d ever heard,” Boling said.Boling said the two priests had different styles of delivering mass; Calabrese had a more relaxed approach, and Wilcox had a more traditional method, something he said attracted different types of students.Wilcox also was passionate about helping students understand the Catholic doctrine and he played a role in making adoration more prevalent across campus, Kaufman said.The reasons why both Wilcox and Calabrese left TCU are private canonical matters only the bishop knows, said Marlon De La Torre, the department director of evangelization and catechesis for the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth. De La Torre is responsible for overseeing campus ministries, including coordinating with campus officials.While RSL has requested a Catholic campus minister, it is not responsible for finding a priest.De La Torre said the Rev. Michael Fors Olson, the bishop of the diocese, will decide whom to assign to TCU and whether that person would be a full-time or part-time chaplain.He added that positions at parishes are filled before positions at campus ministries and while he does not know when the bishop will decide which priest will be assigned to TCU, appointments for campus ministries are usually made in the spring and go into effect the following fall. He thinks it is unlikely a new priest will be assigned to TCU before next fall.Boling, who oversees the process of vetting campus ministers at TCU, said the process of adding a new religious minister to the TCU community includes background checks and Title IX training, among other steps.Kaufman added that not every denomination or faith group that approaches TCU with a new minister is accepted; it depends on the needs of the campus community.While there is not a dedicated clergy member, a couple of priests from local parishes come to campus to hear confession from students and fulfill other duties that can only be performed by ordained men.Catholics in the TCU community can still attend mass on campus. They also have access to the Newman Center, a place for prayer, fellowship, studying and taking the Eucharist. Tom Centarri, the director of campus ministry, said the Newman Center is open to all students, not just Catholics.Centarri, who is serving his fourth year on campus, said his job changed when Wilcox left. For example, Centarri had to start contacting local parishes when they needed food for events. Since this was one of Wilcox’s responsibilities, Centarri said he did not have the connections Wilcox did.Centarri added that learning to cope without a priest has been difficult but that the students have been successful at taking up leadership positions.Senior business information systems and supply chain management double major and co-president of TCU Catholic Ryan Lewright said he taught an apologetics class for two years.The purpose of the class is to instruct Catholics about how to defend their faith, Lewright said.Lewright said not having anyone to hear confessions is one of the hardest parts of the absence of a dedicated priest on campus.The co-president said if there were a priest, perhaps there could be more opportunities to go to mass; currently, mass is held once in the morning and once in the evening on Sundays, but students in Greek organizations often are unable to attend the later service.Junior entrepreneurial management major Adriana Facchina is another student involved in TCU Catholic and the local Catholic community. She taught an apologetics class for one year, serves as a mentor for high school students at Saint Andrew Catholic Church in Fort Worth and regularly attends mass and a Bible study.Facchina said they have four retreats every year, and although priests come for as long as they can, it would be better to have a priest who could stay throughout the retreat. More than 2,300 students at TCU are Catholic, according to the 2018 Fact Book. – photo by Renee Umsted TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Linkedin Twitter ReddIt Renee Umsted Renee Umsted Renee Umsted Renee Umsted Renee Umsted TCU will not raise tuition for the 2021-22 academic year Welcome TCU Class of 2025 + posts Facebook Twitter Linkedin World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Previous articleCheez-It Bowl gives seniors one more chance to playNext articleWhat we’re reading: We have good chemistry Renee Umsted RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Jacqueline Lambiase is still fighting for students Renee is a journalism major. She is dedicated to improving her journalism skills to effectively and ethically inform others.last_img read more

NBA trade rumors: Grizzlies unload Chandler Parsons, $25M contract with Hawks

first_img NBA trade rumors: Bulls searching for deal to move Kris Dunn He has averaged 12.8 points and 4.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists in his career but averaged 7.2 points per game in three seasons with Memphis.His final season with the Grizzlies wasn’t without drama. Sidelined with knee problems, he was cleared to play in late December. The Grizzlies wanted him to play with their G League affiliate before he rejoined the active roster, but Parsons — amenable to a G League stint — wanted a clear timeline on when he would be activated by the NBA team.Parsons chose to leave the team in early January until the issue was resolved. In early February, he was activated and appeared in his first game since Game 3 on Oct. 22.Clearly, Parsons’ stint with the Grizzlies didn’t turn out the way the sides thought it would when he signed a four-year, $94.4 million contract before the 2016-17 season. NBA trade rumors: Heat have inquired about deal for Wizards’ Bradley Beal The Grizzlies, unable to agree on a buyout figure with Chandler Parsons on the $25 million remaining on his contract, have traded the veteran forward to the Hawks for Solomon Hill and Miles Plumlee, reported Wednesday, citing unidentified league sources.The reasoning behind the trade, according to former NBA executive Bobby Marks, now with ESPN: By breaking the $25 million owed to Parsons into two contracts with Hill and Plumlee, the Grizzlies could find it easier to move the players in trades next season. The Hawks, meanwhile, open a roster spot with the two-for-one deal.center_img Hill — acquired by the Hawks from the Pelicans on draft night — is another player who has seen his role decrease since he signed his four-year, $48 million contract in 2016. He averaged close to 30 minutes per game in 2016-17 but saw his minutes fall or fluctuate since with the Pelicans.He has career averages of 5.9 points and 3.3 rebounds.Plumlee has averaged 4.9 points and 4.5 rebounds for five teams. He was acquired by the Hawks in a 2017 trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Hornets. I like what Memphis did with breaking up the $25.1M Parsons contract into 2 contracts (@ $12M per each) that could be easier to move in a future trade.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 3, 2019All three players are in the final year of their contracts. Hill, 28, has a salary of $12.8 million in 2019-20, while Plumlee, 30, is due $12.5 million.Hampered by chronically troublesome knees, Parsons, entering his ninth season in the NBA, hasn’t played in more than 36 games in each of the past three seasons with the Grizzlies after never playing in fewer than 61 in his first five seasons in the league with the Rockets, who drafted him in 2011, and Mavericks. Related Newslast_img read more

Manitoba back in the Brier winner’s circle, edge Ontario in final

first_imgIn the end, Ontario’s Glen Howard couldn’t win on home soil.Jeff Stoughton’s steal of two in the sixth paved the way for Manitoba to capture the 2011 Tim Hortons Brier. Stoughton, Jonathan Mead, Reid Carruthers and Steve Gould defeated Howard 8-6 in the final Sunday night at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ont. It’s the third career Brier win for Stoughton, who will represent Canada at the world men’s curling championship next month in Regina. It’s Manitoba’s first Brier title since Stoughton last won in 1999.Stoughton advanced to the final with a win Friday in the 1-2 Page playoff over Brad Gushue of Newfoundland and Labrador.Meanwhile, Howard, who lost in the final in 2010, defeated his old rival Alberta’s Kevin Martin in the play-in contest before edging Gushue 7-6 in Saturday’s semi. Earlier, Gushue defeated Alberta’s Kevin Martin 10-5 to win the bronze medal.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 7, 2016)–Idle since running seventh in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint Oct. 31 and fitted with blinkers by trainer Peter Eurton, Kobe’s Back rallied from far back under Gary Stevens to take Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 Palos Verdes Stakes by a half length while covering six furlongs in 1:08.70.As is his custom, Kobe’s Back, who broke from the rail in a field of five older horses, was away slowly but was in high gear while four-wide turning for home, about nine lengths off the lead.“Gary said the blinkers did make a difference,” said Eurton, who trained “Kobe” in his last eight starts. “They probably need a little more cup to them. He tends to focus on the handlers in the gate…He tends to forget about the front part of the gate when it opens, so we’re going to add just a little more shade to them.”When asked if he was concerned about being so far back early, Eurton responded, “I know him, so we’re used to it. Six furlongs is just a little short…I never felt he was completely out of it, knowing him.”The second choice in the wagering at 5-2, Kobe’s Back collared favored Salutos Amigos in the final 50 yards and paid $7.00, $3.40 and $2.40.Owned by Lee and Susan Searing’s CRK Stable, Kobe’s Back improved his overall mark to 17-4-3-2. With the winner’s share of $120,000, the 5-year-old Kentucky-bred horse by Flatter increased his earnings to $772,250.“We tried blinkers years ago when John (Sadler) had him and he didn’t particularly like them,” said Lee Searing. “We didn’t think it was going to make a big difference. He did come out of the gate really good today, so that may have made a difference but he’s also never been this good, so finally this may be his year. We’ll find out but it’s a good start.”Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Salutos Amigos was a close fourth at the rail going into the far turn, made the lead a sixteenth out, but couldn’t hold off the winner late while finishing 1 ½ lengths in front of Cautious Giant. Off at 7-5, he paid $2.80 and $2.20.With Santiago Gonzalez up, Cautious Giant was lapped on pacesetter Rocket Heat around the far turn, took command at the quarter pole and proved third best, finishing 3 ¾ lengths in front of Rocket Heat. Off at 6-1, Cautious Giant paid $3.00 to show.Fractions on the race were 21.88, 44.45 and 56.33.Racing resumes on Thursday at Santa Anita, with first post time at 1 p.m. Admission gates will open at 11 a.m.last_img read more