Gail Schatzman

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Schatzman, Gail FORT WORTH-- Gail Schatzman, the founding director of the Catholic Renewal Center of North Texas, died peacefully in the company of her family on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010. Service: Mass of Christian Burial at 7 p.m. Friday at Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Arlington. A celebration of Gail's life and work will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, at the Catholic Renewal Center. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Catholic Renewal Center, 4503 Bridge Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76103. Gail Schatzman's death leaves a huge gap in the landscape of the Catholic Church in North Texas and in the lives of a multitude of friends and colleagues. Gail was a mentor and cheerleader for hundreds of people now serving as pastors, educators, youth ministers, counselors, liturgists, chaplains, social workers, medical professionals and many other serving professions, as well as thousands of others whose ministry is done on a volunteer basis. A licensed professional counselor and a certified hypnotherapist, Gail lovingly poured her life into building up the work of the CRC. With the help of friends and colleagues, she created a place of hospitality and peace that fostered creative ministry and helped bring the Gospel alive for tens of thousands of people. She was instrumental in bringing Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Christiane Brusselmans, and other Catholic luminaries to north Texas. Whether it was one-of-a-kind retreats for special groups, a top flight bookstore, educational programs, one-on-one counseling, spiritual direction, marriage and family enrichment, GLBT support groups, grief ministries, prayer workshops or just a comfortable, safe place where visitors could confidently expect a welcoming smile, a listening ear and a place of prayer, Gail devoted her prodigious energy and charm and intelligence to bringing and being Good News to the world. The diverse and vast collection of family, friends, clients, mentees, colleagues and companions on the journey who carry Gail's blessings with them daily will continue to share the gifts received from her with the world around them. To all those for whom the CRC has been a place of hospitality and wisdom and growth, Gail was a generous and faithful patron. Gail Schatzman was a giant whose tireless affirmation, faithful friendship, and buoyant love of laughter will be irreplaceable. The world feels a little less joyful, a little less safe at her passing. That's the bad news. The good news is that the gifts she gave are the kind which only grow more valuable and beautiful and sturdy with age. The world is a better, happier, more compassionate place because of Gail's life. Survivors: Gail leaves behind her son, Mark Schatzman and wife, Stacy, and children, Samantha and Mary Mae; and daughter, Andi Vignale and husband, Steve, and children, Lydia and Paul. In their lives, her playful and loving and generous influence continues. Her longtime colleagues and friends at the CRC will continue the work she so lovingly and successfully undertook since the Center's founding in 1972. It is expected that her beloved white pup, Bunny, will continue to patrol the halls of the CRC, though perhaps on a reduced schedule. Thompson's Harveson & Cole Funeral Home and Crematory 817-336-0345

Published in Dallas Morning News on Oct. 29, 2010
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