Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church, Fort Worth, Texas had its beginning in June, 1928 when Rev. Joseph Patrick Lynch, Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas collaborated with the Society of St. Joseph of the Sacred Heart, known as the Josephite Fathers, to establish a Parish for African-American Catholics.
Josephite Father Narcisse Denis, S.S.J., assigned as the first Pastor, arrived in Fort Worth in December, 1928.
In October, 1928 the Diocese had purchased a lot on the corner of Evans Avenue and Verbena Street on which were two buildings. Father Denis used one of the buildings as the Rectory. The other building he repaired and on January 3, 1929 celebrated the first Mass with a congregation of 50 people.
A few months later in March, 1929, that building was torn down and the lumber used to build a new 150 seat church which was dedicated on June 9, 1929 by Bishop Lynch as Our Mother of Mercy Church.
In anticipation of establishing an elementary school, the Sisters of the Holy Spirit, San Antonio, Texas assigned three nuns to the Parish. The school opened in September, 1929 with an enrollment of 59 students. The Parish and the school continued to grow and in its first 10 years the congregation had grown to 201 and enrollment in the school to 150 students.
In 1941, Our Mother of Mercy opened a mission Parish, St. Veronica, in the Lake Como neighborhood on the west side of town, which remained open for 25 years.
Still growing, the church and school relocated to their present site in the 1000 block of East Terrell Avenue in 1952. Both facilities were larger than those at the original site.
In 1958, a convent was built for the 5 nuns along with a new school which could accommodate 250 students. After 55 years, the current school facility replaced the aging building.
The Josephite Fathers served the Parish for 78 years with 13 Pastors, 10 assistant Pastors and one Pastor of the Missionaries of St. Paul. The Sisters of the Holy Spirit served the school for 73 years. Following the departure of the Josephites in 2006, the Church was assigned Pastors of the Order of the Society of the Divine Word(S.V.D.). There are currently 225 registered families from very diverse cultures.
Our Mother of Mercy Parish has been very influential in the Fort Worth community since its inception having produced many leaders in diocesan and national church organizations, in government, education, and in business.