Michael Fors Olson

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Michael Fors Olson
Bishop of Fort Worth
Archdiocese San Antonio
Diocese Fort Worth
Appointed November 19, 2013
Installed January 29, 2014
Predecessor Kevin Vann
Ordination June 3, 1994
by Joseph Patrick Delaney
Consecration January 29, 2014
by Gustavo García-Siller, Joseph Fiorenza, and Kevin Vann
Personal details
Born (1966-06-29) June 29, 1966 (age 51)
Park Ridge, Illinois
Styles of
Michael Fors Olson
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Michael Fors Olson (born June 29, 1966) is a Catholic bishop in the United States. He is the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth in the state of Texas.

Early life and education[edit]

Michael Fors Olson was born in Park Ridge, Illinois to Ronald G. and Janice (Fetzer) Olson. He has three siblings.[1] Olson was raised in Des Plaines, Illinois where he attended St. Mary’s School, and he graduated from Quigley Preparatory Seminary North in Chicago. He began his studies in the Archdiocese of Chicago, but his family moved to Fort Worth, Texas and he transferred to the Fort Worth diocese.[2] Olson earned a bachelor of arts and master's degrees in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, master of arts in theological studies and a master of divinity from the University of St. Thomas in Houston and a doctorate in moral theology from the Alphonsian Academy in Rome.[2][3] Olson was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Fort Worth on June 3, 1994.[4]


After ordination, Olson served as the parochial vicar at St. Michael’s Church in Bedford, Texas from 1994 to 1997. From 1997 to 2001 he was engaged in doctoral studies at the Center for Health Care Ethics in the Catholic Tradition at Saint Louis University. He then served as a formation director at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston from 2001 to 2006. Olson served as the vicar general of the Fort Worth Diocese from 2006 to 2008 and the rector of Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, Texas from 2008 to 2013. He was named a Chaplain of His Holiness, with the title Monsignor, by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.[3]

Bishop of Fort Worth[edit]

Pope Francis named Olson the Bishop of Fort Worth on November 19, 2013. He was ordained on January 29, 2014 by Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS of San Antonio. Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Fiorenza of Galveston-Houston, and Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange, California were the co-consecrators.[4] The liturgy was celebrated in the Fort Worth Convention Center.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pope Francis names new Fort Worth, Texas bishop". Catholic News Agency. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  2. ^ a b "Most Reverend Michael F. Olson, S.T.D. M.A". Diocese of Fort Worth. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Pope names seminary rector bishop of Fort Worth, Texas". United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Bishop Michael Fors Olson". catholic-hierarchy.org. Retrieved 2014-02-01. 

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Kevin Vann
Bishop of Fort Worth
Succeeded by