Statement re. Bishop-elect Brendan J. Cahill

April 23, 2015

We in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston rejoice that Pope Francis has chosen to honor this local Church by selecting one of her priests to serve as the third bishop of the Diocese of Victoria in Texas. Bishop-Elect Brendan Cahill has been a faithful priest of this Archdiocese for close to 25 years and brings a wealth of gifts and experiences with him in this new ministry. His appointment is a sign of the Holy Father’s care for the needs of the people of Southeast Texas, whose deep Catholic roots continue to be a vital presence in the region.

While we celebrate the news of this episcopal appointment with joy, we nevertheless recognize the great loss that comes with Bishop-Elect Cahill’s departure. He has served the faithful of this diocese as a parish priest, seminary formator and Rector, and most recently as Vicar for Clergy and Chaplaincy Services. His warm and pastoral heart has been a wonderful asset to the people of Galveston-Houston and we are confident that he will serve the Diocese of Victoria well.

As we look forward to his ordination in June, I want to assure Bishop-Elect Cahill of my own prayers and fraternal support during this time of transition. Our respect and love will certainly go with him to Victoria. I ask all the faithful of this Archdiocese to pray that through the intercession of the Mother of God, Our Lady of Victory, he may be a wise and faithful shepherd of God’s holy people in Southeast Texas.