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February 25, 2020

BARROW: The recipient of the message becomes the messenger

In Luke's Gospel, when the Angel Gabriel appears to the Virgin Mary, the angel gives a master class on communication.

February 25, 2020

SHANDERA: MDA brings health, hope to the poor in the world’s remote areas

Mission Doctors Association (MDA) is the national Roman Catholic medical mission board. Founded in the late 1950s in Los Angeles by Monsignor Anthony Brouwers, who served as the director of the Propagation of the Faith in Los Angeles, the group responds annually to the needs of remote foreign missions and the requests of bishops in underserved areas.

February 25, 2020

HENRITZE: The pathways of Christus Vivit

It has been almost a year since Pope Francis promulgated Christus Vivit, a post-synodal apostolic exhortation on young people, vocation and discernment. Since its release, I’ve been involved in several initiatives, both locally and nationally, involving the application of the document to ministry in the Church. At many times it has indeed felt like Christus Vivit is the watched pot that refuses to boil.

February 11, 2020

A standing witness: Thousands rally for life in Austin

Marching dozens of blocks through downtown Austin, more than 5,000, according to local officials, turned out for the 2020 Texas Rally for Life on Jan. 25. Carrying signs — including a number of handmade posters inspired by the new Baby Yoda meme — with pro-life messages, praying Rosaries and chaplets.

February 11, 2020

Lives lived behind bars: Correctional Ministries director retires after decades serving prisons

“It’s time for me to be paroled,” says Father Ron F. Cloutier as he retired from directing Correctional Ministries for the Archdiocese after decades of providing for the spiritual needs of those in prison.

February 11, 2020

Priest, seminarian reflect on papal encounter

Joseph White had the zucchetto, the colored skullcap worn by clergy, prepared and ready to hand over to the pope before his encounter with Pope Francis during Daniel Cardinal DiNardo’s and Auxiliary Bishop George A. Sheltz’s ad limina visit to the Vatican in January.

February 11, 2020

Success story inspires The Cardinal’s Circle member to help others do the same

The mission of The Cardinal’s Circle is to help Inner City Catholic Schools maintain a standard of academic excellence in curriculum and staff, and provide tuition assistance required by a large portion of their student population. To some, becoming part of the organization is an opportunity to help students. For others, it’s an opportunity to give back for the opportunities they were given.

February 11, 2020

Partnership with San José Clinic, dispensary and drug manufacturers benefits patients

Even when 56-year-old prison guard Gilbert Ruiz survived a major heart attack and had stents placed in his arteries, he couldn’t afford the 12 medications prescribed to keep him alive afterward.

February 11, 2020

Charity Guild of Catholic Women awards grants to children’s charities

On Feb. 3, the Charity Guild of Catholic Women awarded $484,926 to 47 nonprofit organizations to help children in need in the Greater Houston Area.

February 11, 2020

Priests, religious celebrate World Day for Consecrated Life

More than 150 priests, sisters, brothers and consecrated religious participated in the Liturgy and renewed their vows with Daniel Cardinal DiNardo as he celebrated Mass Feb. 2 on World Day for Consecrated Life. The annual Mass, celebrated at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, fell on the feast of the Presentation of the Lord.

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