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.
The Year of Mercy begins on Dec. 8 and ends on Nov. 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King. To signify the path to a new and eternal life, which was opened to humanity by Jesus, Holy Doors will be opened throughout the Archdiocese.
As Jesus instructs each of his followers to make disciples of all nations, to be “fishers of men,” the Gospel message is to be delivered to all ends of the earth — land, air and sea. The Port Chaplaincy of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is following this command by offering sacramental and pastoral care to the Catholic seafarers from around the world who enter the ports in Galveston, Barbour’s Cut and the Port of Houston.
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