For Robert and Donna Stokes it was love at first sight when they met more than 50 years ago while standing in a cafeteria line at the University of Houston. Ten months later, they were married at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Galveston.
Every Saturday from Sept. 19 through Oct. 17, groups of Catholic young adults ages 18 to 35 spent their day building a house in honor of Pope Francis. On Dec. 19, many of the 300 volunteers returned for the blessing and dedication of Pope Francis House, presided by Msgr. Frank Rossi, pastor of St. Michael Church in Houston. In addition, the volunteers had the opportunity to meet the family who will be moving into the home.
From the very beginning of the Catholic Church in Texas, religious men and women have helped to build the local Church. While today communities serve in a variety of ministries, in the early years their work was more concentrated, particularly in the areas of mission and parish work, of education, and of health care and social service work.
"Catholic education is one of the most important challenges for the Church, currently committed to new evangelization in an historical and cultural context that is undergoing constant transformation,” Pope Francis stated in an address to participants in the plenary session of the Congregation for Catholic Education (Feb. 2014).
Drums, costumes, music and dancing of centuries-old Mexican tradition filled the streets of downtown Houston Sunday, Dec. 13, for the Archdiocese’s annual city-wide celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Earlier this year, Pope Francis declared that the Catholic Church would celebrate the Year of Mercy, an Extraordinary Jubilee. In announcing this special year, the Pope said that “Mercy is the very foundation of the Church’s life. All of her pastoral activity should be caught up in the tenderness she makes present to believers; nothing in her preaching and in her witness to the world can be lacking in mercy” (Misericordiae Vultus, n. 10).
Pope Francis has named the Monsignor Steven J. Lopes to be the first bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter: a structure equivalent to a diocese for Roman Catholics who were nurtured in the Anglican tradition.
Camp Kappe, a retreat center located on a 130-acre tract of heavily wooded rolling land approximately one hour north of Houston in Plantersville, has recently made major improvements to meet the growing needs of the Catholic schools and parishes in the Archdiocese and surrounding communities.
View an online calendar of upcoming events held by parishes, ministries and organizations Around the Archdiocese and find out how to submit event information for upcoming issues of the Texas Catholic Herald.