In Brief: Disability Conference set for Nov. 10, Order of St. Lazarus in Houston, Café Catholica starts new winter series

October 23, 2018

Disability conference set for Nov. 10

HOUSTON — The Disability Conference, “In God’s Image,” is set for 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the University of St. Thomas (UST) Jerabeck Center, Scanlan Room, located at 4000 Mt. Vernon in Houston.

David Byers, who staffed the advisory committee that drafted the Bishops’ Pastoral Statement on People with Disabilities published in November 1978, will be the main speaker.

The conference is for priests, deacons, seminarians, catechetical leaders, catechists, principals, teachers, pastoral and social services ministers, families, friends and care providers of children and adults with disabilities, and all who have a heart for disability ministry.

The event is sponsored by the Ministry with Persons with Disabilities in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the Donald S. Nesti, CSSp Center for Faith & Culture at (UST).

Registration is $35 per person and includes lunch. To register, visit by Oct. 31. 

Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem meet in Houston

HOUSTON — More than 170 members of The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem met in Houston Oct. 12 for its annual Grand Prioral Council, coming from throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Spain.

St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Houston hosted a vigil for the postulants of the order that included a priest from Hawaii, Father William Tulua. Saint Lazarus is an ancient order of Christian men and women, lay and clergy, founded by the Crusaders in 1098 by Hospitaller Knights in the Holy Land. It was the only chivalric order to care for the needs of lepers.

Father Tulua said he was interested in joining the Order since Hawaii, specifically the Kalaupapa leprosy colony that had more than 8,000 people at one point, still has about a dozen residents there. That was the colony where St. Damien of Molokai, a Catholic priest, once ministered to patients. After serving the community for 16 years, he contracted the disease and died there in 1889 at age 49 and was canonized Oct. 11, 2009.

While medication is now available, the Order continues the fight against leprosy known as Hansen’s disease that is a bacterial illness causing disfiguring lesions, nerve damage and muscle weakness.

In Houston, the Order supports Nora’s Home, which offers low-cost housing to transplant patients and their families while being treated at the Texas Medical Center. It has also supported Houston Aphasia Recovery Center, the PTSD Foundation – Camp Hope, Freedom Place, Covenant House and many others. 

Café Catholica starts new winter series

HOUSTON — Café Catholica is expanding with a new series hosted in four parishes on the north side of Houston.
“Be Bold, Be Authentic, Belong” is the theme of the dinner-lecture series open to young adults ages 18 to 39 featuring dynamic speakers, prayer, dinner and socializing. Confession will be available at 5:15 p.m., Mass at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:45 p.m. and a featured speaker at 7:30 p.m.

On Jan. 7, Alex Gotay, director of campus ministry at St. Thomas High School, will speak about the topic “Be a Missionary in the Modern World” at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, located at 109 N. Frazier St. in Conroe.

On Jan. 21, there will be a panel from Amistad-Houston and Catholic Charities discussing “Be Present to Those in the Shadows” at Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, located at 26777 Glen Loch Dr. in The Woodlands.

On Feb. 4, Michaela Barta, young adult minister from St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land will speak about the topic “Be Loved” at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church, located at 7810 Cypresswood Dr. in Spring.

On Feb. 18, Joe Magee, director of campus ministry for Sam Houston State and Texas Medical Center universities, will talk about the topic “Beyond My Personal Faith” at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, located at 11507 Huffmeister Rd. in Houston.

For more information, contact the Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministry at 713-741-8778,, or visit