Fr. Horton honored
for service as
a hospice chaplain

Fr. Horton, pictured above with Bishop Iker, is priest-in-charge
of St. Elisabeth’s, Fort Worth. He is retired from the
Diocese of North Carolina.


Fr. James Horton and his wife, Ann, were guests of VITAS Healthcare one weekend this spring when the South Florida-based hospice care provider presented its annual Employee Recognition Awards. Fr. Horton received the Founder’s Award for Outstanding Service, making him VITAS' chaplain of the year. VITAS operates hospice facilities in 13 states.

A biographical sketch of Fr. Horton published in the company's Vital Signs newsletter notes that on one occasion he served as a “wedding planner” for a patient who wished to be married in the last months of her life. Another woman, the widow of a hospice patient Fr. Horton ministered to, decided to attend St. Elisabeth’s following her husband’s death.


‘I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink;
I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, naked and you clothed me;
I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.'
Matthew 25:35-36