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We are a multicultural Church with 1.7 million members from every continent of the world that prays and celebrates in over 14 languages in 146 parishes. We participate in activities of social justice, support the good works of persons in other countries — and we do all this in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

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Cardinal's Corner

May 18, 2018

Statement on Santa Fe High School Shooting

I am deeply saddened by the shooting this morning at Santa Fe High School. My prayers, along with the prayers of the faithful of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, are with the victims and families of those killed and injured in this horrific tragedy. During this most difficult and challenging time, I know the Archdiocesan community will unite to support and offer healing to those affected. As a society, we must strive for a way to end such acts of senseless gun violence in our schools and communities.

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Jun 2

Featured Event

Priesthood Ordinations

  • With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston together with the families of

    Paul Anthony Foltyn

    José Luis Gutiérrez

    Robert David Hust

    Matthew Gilbert Suniga

    joyfully announce their Ordination to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood through the imposition of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit by His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, on Saturday, June 2, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Houston.

    A reception will follow at The Borski Center at St. Mary's Seminary (9845 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77024)

    Priests and deacons are asked to please bring an alb.

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  • This retreat is for high school boys ages 15-18, who want to experience Christ and grow in relationship with Him. It is an opportunity to set time aside to explore seminary life and learn about the call to holiness and priesthood. The retreat will consist of music, games, faith sharing, fellowship, outdoor activities, creative prayer experiences and much more. Explore will be facilitated by seminarians studying for the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. In the application, we ask that the applicant be approved by the Pastor, DRE, youth minister or principal. Limit of four participants per parish (Space limited). Cost is $80 per participant. Deadline: June 1. Pre-registration, forms, and material at

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  • El retiro Vengan y Vean es para hombres y mujeres solteros de 18 a 35 años de edad que tengan la inquietud y deseen aprender sobre la vida sacerdotal y religiosa. Habrá oración, reflexión en silencio, presentaciones, conversaciones en grupo y uno-a-uno con sacerdotes y religiosas de diferentes comunidades quienes estarán brindando su apoyo y experiencia durante el retiro. Entrada Gratis (se aceptan donaciones).

    Holy Name Retreat Center
    430 Bunker Hill Rd.
    Houston, TX 77024

    This weekend retreat is for young adults ages 18-35 and is given in Spanish. It is the same as Life-Awareness Retreat.
    Cost: None, donation accepted.

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  • July 19, 2018 - 7:30 a.m.
    Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel

    Keynote: Bishop Brendan J. Cahill
    Bishop of Victoria

    Tickets on sale now!

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  • The Archdiocesan Youth Conference (AYC) gathers over 2,800 participants - both youth and adults - from all over the local Church. AYC is the largest evangelizing event for older adolescents that the Office of Adolescent Catechesis and Evangelization hosts annually.

    Through this event, incoming ninth graders through outgoing high school seniors are challenged to live out their faith, learn informative presentations, listen to outstanding national speakers, and make new friendships. AYC provides youth with a unique opportunity to interact with the Cardinal and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese to celebrate the sacraments, to pray, and reflect on the role of the Young Church of Galveston-Houston.

    Participants will experience the diversity of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston! They will have the opportunity to share and deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ through daily Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, confession, and other prayer experiences.

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