Currently, there are members of 38 congregations or religious orders in ministry in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Almost 20 percent of the communities represented in the local Church are Hispanic. For that, the Archdiocese is happy, but as Daniel Cardinal DiNardo said, “We need more!”
On Saturday, June 6, Catholics throughout the Houston-Galveston area welcomed five new priests when Daniel Cardinal DiNardo ordained David Angelino, Jeffrey Bame, Simon Kipiti, Elias Lopez and Richard McNeillie at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
When the five candidates from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston are ordained as priests, they will make a promise to be “on call for Christ” for the rest of their lives. And getting to that point in their faith journey took many years of formation.
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.
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