The imposing concrete façade of Harris’ County Juvenile Justice Center downtown conceals the local dimension one of the ugliest failures of American society — the incarceration of thousands of children each year for criminal offenses.
More than five decades ago, the Vatican II Council expressed the importance of using modern communications channels to disseminate Catholic programming to fulfill the mission of the Church locally, nationally and globally: “… Go and make disciples… teaching them all that I have commanded you.” (Mt. 28:19-20).
As the Catholic Church continues to celebrate the Year of Consecrated Life, proclaimed by Pope Francis last November, this provides an opportunity to honor and respect those who have received Holy Orders and are configured to Christ through the special grace of the Holy Spirit. This includes priests who have reached retirement age and if not helped, could face an uncertain future since many don’t have 401Ks, pensions or Social Security to support them.
A hidden gem lies off the beaten path in Plantersville, Texas. Camp Kappe Youth Retreat Facility, the only youth retreat center operated by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, is undergoing a much-needed renovation to better accommodate the Archdiocese’s parishes and youth ministry and young adult programs.
In the Vatican Gardens, situated on a hilltop over-looking Rome, lies a very special shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe. The shrine, a gift from Mexico to Pope Pius XII, depicts Juan Diego wearing a vestment revealing the sacred image of the virgin as she appeared to him, and kneeling before Juan Diego is the Franciscan Bishop Juan de Zumaraga bowing down as a witness to the miracle of the beautiful, sacred image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston continues to prepare the men who will shepherd the city’s rapidly growing 1.4 million Catholics at St. Mary’s Seminary in Memorial. On the weekend of the Feast of Corpus Christi (June 6 to 7), the local faithful will have the opportunity to directly support Archdiocesan seminarians with the Corpus Christi Collection.
Celebrating its five-year anniversary, The Cardinal’s Circle continues the mission of helping Inner City Catholic School students develop an appreciation for academic excellence and self-discipline while promoting an understanding of Catholic faith and values.
A recent donation to the Archdiocesan Archives might not look all that interesting on the outside, but this gift from the Dominican Sisters of Houston is something unique. It is a small, palm-sized diary that chronicles a trip Bishop Nicholas Gallagher made to Rome in the summer of 1892, for his “Ad Limina Apostolorum” visit.
It was a sight that stopped her in her tracks. While the brilliant rainbow of colors shimmered and danced across the northern Norwegian sky above her eyes, all she could do was silently sit in wonder and awe, and then open the Bible.
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