Evan Hierholzer, Managing Editor
On Tuesday, Pope Francis named Rev. Monsignor Michael F. Olson, currently the rector of Holy Trinity Seminary on the University of Dallas campus, a bishop of the diocese of Fort Worth. According to the official press release from the Diocese of Fort Worth, Bishop-elect Olson will succeed Bishop Kevin Vann, who was appointed to a diocese in California.
Olson attended the Catholic University of America and the St. Louis University Center for Health Care Ethics before earning a doctorate at Academia Alfonsia in Rome. Olson, who was ordained as a priest of Fort Worth in 1994, was appointed rector of Holy Trinity Seminary in 2008.
In addition to being the second-youngest bishop in the U.S., Olson is also the first priest from the Diocese of Fort Worth to be named a bishop, according to the release.
Olson will serve as the bishop of Fort Worth, a rapidly growing diocese that currently comprises over 700,000 Catholics in 90 parishes across North Texas.
“It has been my great pleasure to work alongside Monsignor Olson for the last three-and-a-half years,” said President Thomas Keefe in a prepared statement. “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.”
Olson will be ordained and installed on Jan. 29, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the Fort Worth Convention Center.