Archdiocesan celebration for Priesthood and Consecrated Life, Oct. 2

September 13, 2016

HOUSTON — Daniel Cardinal DiNardo will offer Mass at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in honor of the clergy and religious who are 2016 jubilarians serving the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. This year, 38 priests and sisters are celebrating 25, 50, and 60 years of ordination or religious vows, including Retired Bishop Vincent Rizzotto, who celebrates his Diamond Jubilee this year. 

The public is invited to attend the celebration on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. Mass will be followed by a reception in Prefontaine Hall, generously sponsored by the Serra Club.

The lives of our consecrated women and men give joyful witness to their generous responses to God’s call and God’s love. 

The 2016 jubilarians have collectively given 1,635 years of faithful service and prayer. They include Archdiocesan priests and members of 13 different religious congregations. Our jubilarians represent parish ministry, congregational leadership, educational ministry, work for peace, justice and care for the homeless, health care, nursing and midwifery, chaplaincy both in hospitals and at the Port of Houston, spiritual direction, vocation ministry, and much more. 

Some have left their countries of birth to come to Houston, and some have served as missionaries from the U.S. in other countries. Sister Annunciella Soreng, M.C., celebrated her Silver Jubilee within one month of the canonization of her foundress, St. Teresa of Calcutta.

A special invitation is extended to Archdiocesan youth and young adults, and to all whose lives have been enriched over the years by the ministry of the Archdiocese’s jubilarians and other religious.

For more information, contact Sister Heloise Cruzat, OP, at or 713-741-8733.

Diamond – 60 Years
Sr. Barbara Ann Collins, O.P. 
Sr. Adrian Dover, O.P.
Sr. Theresa Macey, O.P.
Sr. Carol Mayes, O.P.
Sr. Rita Owens, O.P. 
Rev. George Olsovsky
Sr. Yvonne Pratka, CCVI
Most Rev. Vincent M. Rizzotto
Sr. Susanne Ruane, CCVI 
Sr. Paulette Shaunfield, CCVI 
Rev. John Zabelskas

Golden – 50 Years
Sr. Victoria Alvarez, C.M.S.T. 
Rev. Robert A. Chabot, S.S.S.
Sr. Gerard Earls, CCVI 
Sr. Deborah Fuchs, C.D.P. 
Sr. Madeleine Grace, C.V.I 
Rev. Frank Guenter
Sr. Katrina Le Grand, CCVI 
Rev. Msgr. Reginald R. Nesvadba
Sr. Julianne Sandoval, M.C.D.P 
Rev. William J. Sheehan, C.S.B.
Rev. Daniel L. Warden

Silver – 25 Years
Rev. Angel Vicente Agila
Rev. Rodney J. Armstrong, S.S.J.
Rev. Daniel S. Baguio 
Rev. Julian “Mike” A. Barrosa
Sr. Margarita Castro, C.M.S.T. 
Sr. Carol Chinweudo, D.M.M.M
Rev. Howard E. Drabek
Sr. Augustina Ekwebelem, D.M.M.M 
Rev. Brian P. Fox, S.S.J.
Sr. Dominica Nguyen O.P.
Sr. Josephine Nguyen, O.P.
Rev. Wencil C. Pavlovsky
Rev. Cedric Pisegna, C.P.
Rev. Joseph E. Pilsner, C.S.B.
Rev. Christopher Shackelford
Sr. Annunciella Soreng, M.C.
Sr. Pamela van Giessen, O.P.
Sr. Martina Vu, O.P.