This past December, our Holy Father inaugurated the Year of Mercy, a Jubilee Year for which there are many dimensions. There are re-discoveries of the face of God, a face turned towards all humanity in Jesus Christ, a face of mercy and faithfulness.
We just celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord and the conclusion of the Christmas Season. I want to extend to all of you who sent cards and greetings, gifts and best wishes to me for Christmas a very sincere thanks.
Lord Jesus, Come! That acclamation of praise and yearning, of faith and hope, is proclaimed frequently in the season of Advent. It is a time of waiting anew for the mercy of the Lord, a mercy that will be marked in a distinctive way this coming liturgical year by the celebration of a special Jubilee Year of Mercy.
It is with great joy that the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston welcomes the selection of Msgr. Steven Lopes as the first Bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, by His Holiness Pope Francis. This Local Church is grateful to the Holy Father for his personal solicitude in providing a bishop for this relatively new Ordinariate.
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