Starting this month, Annunciation Catholic Church in downtown Houston begins a full year of celebrations recognizing its 150th anniversary as a “crown jewel” of Houston and the “mother” church of all Catholic parishes in Houston.
More than 2,000 deacons and their wives from around the U.S. gave a standing ovation to Daniel Cardinal DiNardo at the National Diaconate Congress as he congratulated them on the 50th anniversary of the restoration of the diaconate, urging them to be “emissaries” of service to priests, their churches and the vulnerable of their communities.
A record crowd of more than 300 people who work in early childhood ministries across the Archdiocese attended the recent annual conference, titled “Let the Children Come,” to hear from experts on a range of subjects, from effective discipline and intentional teaching to developing a conscience and addressing different learning styles.
Bishop John E. McCarthy, who served in Houston and Austin and provided national leadership for the Church in its work to address systemic poverty, died Aug. 18 at his home in Austin surrounded by his family. He was 88.
In the Kashmere Gardens neighborhood just off 610 East, where Hunting Bayou had once overflowed and rushed into the parish church and school, St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School students in pre-K to eighth grade are back in the classroom.
The KCs worked with the Houston Food Bank, as well as the Archdiocese’s network of social service agencies like Catholic Charities, San José Clinic and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, joining efforts of the Knights of Peter Claver and hundreds of parishes and parishioners across the Archdiocese in the months after Hurricane Harvey.
The two symbols of World Youth Day, the massive international celebration of the Catholic faith with young adults to be held in Panama in January with Pope Francis, visited the Archdiocese nearly one year to the day since Hurricane Harvey came ashore in 2017. The storm devastated several dioceses along the Texas Gulf Coast, including Reyna’s Corpus Christi, Victoria, Galveston-Houston and Beaumont.
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.