Former Galveston-Houston auxiliary bishop celebrates a trilogy of milestones

September 12, 2023

Bishop Emeritus Curtis J. Guillory, SVD, of the Diocese of Beaumont celebrated a trilogy of milestones during a Sept. 1 celebration at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica in Beaumont. (Photos by the Diocese of Beaumont)

BEAUMONT — Daniel Cardinal DiNardo and Auxiliary Bishop Italo Dell’Oro, CRS, traveled to Beaumont to celebrate several milestones for Bishop-Emeritus Curtis J. Guillory, SVD, DD.

Bishop Guillory celebrated his 80th birthday, 50th anniversary of priestly ordination and 35th anniversary of episcopal ordination with a Mass and reception on Sept. 1 at the St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica in downtown Beaumont.

Born Sept. 1, 1943, he was ordained a priest for the Divine Word Missionaries on Dec. 16, 1972, and then consecrated as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston on Feb. 19, 1988, by the late Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza.

Bishop Guillory was appointed the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Beaumont and installed July 28, 2000. Pope Francis accepted Bishop Guillory’s retirement as a bishop in June 2020 when then-Monsignor David Toups was announced as the sixth Bishop of Beaumont. Bishop Guillory has served the Beaumont Diocese longer (nearly 20 years) than any other of the diocese’s bishops.

Cardinal DiNardo described Bishop Guillory as homespun but a genuine theologian, a good shepherd who loved Jesus and loved the Church.