The Ordination of Transitional Deacons, held Saturday, May 18 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, brought three men to the next step in their journey to the priesthood. Mark Andrew Hebert, Thuc Huu Nguyen and Eduardo Ivan Rivera, CSB, were ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate through the imposition of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit by Auxiliary Bishop George A. Sheltz.
St. Martha Catholic School in Kingwood was impacted by major flooding after heavy rains pushed two to four inches of rain into the school buildings when at least 10 inches of rain fell May 7. Water from nearby Ben’s Branch flooded the playground, school and parish campus with 10 inches of rain. Photo by James Ramos/Herald.
San José Clinic, a 97-year-old health clinic for the underserved in the Houston metropolitan area, recently held their 12th annual Art with Heart fundraising event at the Bayou City Ballroom in downtown Houston. The May 2 event honored the clinic’s volunteer dental and medical providers, represented by James Lloyd, D.D.S. and Mary Neal, M.D., with the Portrait of Compassion Award.
Forming men who serve Christ and the Church in ordained ministry as a permanent deacon requires looking through the lens of prayer. Whether a man is currently in formation, recently ordained, or has been ordained for half his lifetime. One of 60 ministries supported by the Diocesan Services Fund (DSF), the Office of the Permanent Diaconate benefits greatly through the generous contributions of the faithful.
Many dictionaries define the word “good” as either an adjective, an attribute or a quality one has, or as a noun, used to identify what someone is. Yet in the Catechism, the word good is described as a verb, it is something one does.
Besides many well respected qualities in mothers, loving protection seems to stand out the most. Mothers, no matter how dangerous the environment they are in, the first thought comes to their mind is the safety of their children, even if it costs them their own lives. That is the heart of the mother.
Saturday, June 1, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo is set to ordain seven men to the priesthood. This is the largest priestly ordination in decades. While that fact alone is exciting, it’s not the deepest reason to be joyful. What’s deeply joyful about this year’s ordination is something present at every ordination — the joy of vocation.
In his recent apostolic exhortation, Christus Vivit, Pope Francis writes: “Those who are single, even if not by their own choice … [must] remember that the first and most important vocation is the vocation we have received in Baptism” (267). The pope encourages single people to witness to this calling by pursuing holiness and personal growth.
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