This week Pope Francis named Msgr. Michael Olson as the new bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, according to Vatican Information Service. Msgr. Olson currently serves as rector of Holy Trinity Seminary, which is adjacent to the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.
"I am very humbled and deeply moved by Pope Francis' appointment of me to serve as the Bishop of Fort Worth," Bishop-designate Olson told the Catholic News Agency. "In a very special way, I am delighted to return home to the Diocese of Fort Worth to serve priests, deacons, religious and all of the faithful as their bishop."
He continued, "I love being a priest...I'm consoled that being a bishop means experiencing the fullness of the priesthood."
Bishop-designate Olson was ordained a priest in Fort Worth in 1994. He obtained his bachelor's and master's degrees from The Catholic University of America and holds a doctorate in moral theology from the Academia Alfonsiana in Rome. His assignments have included parish priest, formation advisor for seminarians, vicar general for the Diocese of Fort Worth, and most recently rector of Holy Trinity Seminary.
University of Dallas spokesman Bill Hartley told Catholic Education Daily that Holy Trinity Seminary and the University maintain a close relationship. The Seminary was established at the University of Dallas in 1965, but the institutions are not officially affiliated today.
"The seminary, which sits on land adjacent to UD, is the place of residence for students preparing for the diocesan priesthood who attend classes at UD," Hartley said.
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