The Catholic Dioceses of Fort Worth and Juticalpa, Honduras, formed a "covenant partnership" in 1998 as a result of the devastation incurred by Hurricane Mitch to the already impoverished area Hurricane Mitch. The first visit by Bishop Delaney provided a focus on rebuilding and humanitarian assistance, and it was the basis for developing a relationship between the two dioceses. The Texas Initiative was launched at the same time by which the bishops of the dioceses of Texas agreed to develop a partnership with the dioceses of Honduras. The Diocese of Fort Worth was partnered with the Diocese of Austin and the Diocese of Juticalpa, Honduras.
The idea evolved at the same time that Pope John Paul II released Ecclesia of America, a document on the continent that the Pope refers to in the singular. "Bishops have a duty to promote communion among the particular churches, invite and encourage the faithful to live this communion more and more, and to assume the responsibility of developing bonds of communion with the local churches through education, exchange of information, fraternal ties between parishes, projects involving cooperation and joint intervention in questions of greater importance, especially those effecting the poor," Pope John Paul II wrote.
Bishop Joseph Delaney embraced this vision and direction, thereby developing the Diocesan Mission Council to create a greater unity and solidarity of the faithful between the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth and the Catholic Diocese of Juticalpa, Honduras. A partnership program was developed for parishes, schools, agencies and other diocesan offices. Currently, eight parishes in the Diocese of Fort Worth are each partnering with a "sister" parish or a trade school in Honduras. The Diocesan Mission Council also arranges mission trips to Honduras, and identifies projects and various other parish needs of our sister diocese.
There are currently seven parishes in the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth that have partnerships in the Catholic Diocese of Juticalpa, Honduras.
Rev. Thomas J. Craig