On January 29, 2014, Bishop Olson was ordained Bishop and installed as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth at the Fort Worth Convention Center. He was ordained a Priest for the Diocese of Fort Worth on June 3, 1994. From 2006 to 2008 Bishop Olson served as Vicar General and as Pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church. Bishop Olson served as the Rector of Holy Trinity Seminary from 2008 to 2013. On May 6, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI granted him the Papal Honor of Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of “Monsignor”.
FR. SOJAN GEORGE was born on May 20, 1975 in Kerala, India. He has two brothers and two sisters. His elder brother is a Salesian priest (Order founded by St. John Bosco) His father passed away in 2013. His mother lives with his elder brother in India. He joined the Society of Heralds of Good News on June 18, 1990 after finishing his 10th grade. After his seminary studies in he was ordained a priest on January 01, 2000. He began his priestly ministry in India and served there until 2002. He came to the diocese of Fort Worth in 2002. From 2002 -2006 he served as the Parochial Vicar at St. John the Apostle in North Richland Hills, St. George in Fort Worth and St. Patrick Cathedral. On July 01, 2006 he was assigned as the pastor of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Decatur, St. John the Baptizer in Bridgeport and St. Mary’s Jacksboro. On July 01, 2011 he was assigned as the pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Wichita Falls. Fr. Sojan is looking forward to meeting everyone at the Cathedral. (Fr. Sojan is pronounced as soh-juh n)
FR. JOHN ROBERT SKELDON (he goes by Fr. John Robert) comes to St. Patrick's from St. Bartholomew's on the south side of Fort Worth where he served as pastor for two years. He's had a few health problems that have necessitated becoming a parochial vicar (associate pastor) again. He is very open to this change, and all is good. He is grateful to Bishop Olson and Fr. Sojan for this change in assignment.
Originally from San Antonio, Fr. John Robert moved to the DFW area when he was 15 and finished high school at Trinity High School in Euless (1991). His home parish was St. Michael's in Bedford. After his freshman year in college, he entered seminary for the diocese of Fort Worth at Holy Trinity Seminary while obtaining his BA in philosophy from the University of Dallas (1995). He then pursued graduate theological studies at St. Mary's Seminary in Houston, obtaining his MDiv in 2000. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Fort Worth by the late Bishop Joseph Delaney on May 27, 2000.
Over his 16 years of priesthood, he has served as a parochial vicar at St. Matthew's in Arlington, St. John the Apostle in North Richland Hills and St. Michael's in Bedford. He was briefly administrator for St. Jude's in Mansfield and his first pastorate was at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Wichita Falls (2007-2011).
In 2011 he went back to school, studying biblical theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He was there for 2 1/2 years before coming back to the diocese. He was briefly in residence at St. Francis of Assisi parish in Grapevine before being assigned as pastor to St. Bartholomew.
Fr. John Robert has a passion for teaching adults theology, in particular the Bible. He loves literature, the symphony, fishing, movies and his two cats Adeodatus and Portia. He is very happy to be coming to serve God's people at St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Dr. Raymond T. Pfang