Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter

Dedication and Consecration of the Church of St. Philip the Apostle

February 22, 2022
St. Philip the Apostle Parish
Flower Mound, Texas

Nehemiah 8:1-10
Psalm 19B:8-9, 10-15
1 Peter 2:4-9
John 4:14-24

Fifty years ago in 1972, this parish was established by my predecessor of happy memory, the founding Bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, Bishop John Cassata, with the assistance of a financial grant from the Extension Society. The Extension Society requested that the parish be initially established under the patronal name of Saint Philip Benizi. There is very little known of this saint or for the reasons offered for this request. Yet, Bishop Cassata was confronted with a recently established diocese that had inherited a lot of debt and with a growing need for new parishes and priests to minister in them, so it was convenient and expedient to name the parish under the patronal title of Saint Philip Benizi.

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