In Brief: La Sallete priest ordained; Irish bishops welcome Serra Clubs; St. Agnes Academy dedicates new student life center;

February 26, 2019

Faithful welcome new priest, ordained by Bishop Cantú

Photo by Steve Gonzales/Houston Chronicle.

Bishop Oscar Cantú, the bishop of the Diocese of San José, California, ordained Trey Manuel Crespo III, M.S., to the priesthood of Jesus Christ.

The ordination Mass was Feb. 9 at St. Helen Catholic Church in Pearland. Father Crespo, originally of Pearland, is now a priest for the order of La Salette Missionaries. Bishop Cantu is a native of Houston and former priest of Galveston-Houston.

(Front row, left to right) Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly, Cashel & Emly Ireland; Father Ray Cook, OMI, chaplain at Rice University; Brother Rupert O’Sullivan, member of the Provincial Council & Vocation director and chairperson of Vocation Ireland Executive Committee; Father Michael Begley, PP, Diocese of Cork & Ross, director of Research and Development for the Irish Province of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. (Back row, left to right) Margaret Cartwright, director of Vocations Ireland; Margo Geddie, member of the Board of Serra Intl. and president of Serra Club of Houston and past Governor of Archdiocese Galveston-Houston; Patty Schneier, nationally acclaimed Catholic speaker, Member of the Serra Club of St. Louis, Missouri and mother of a priest; and Candice Tyrrell, Serra Governor Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Beaumont and Port Arthur. Photo courtesy of the Serra Club of Houston.

Irish bishops welcome Serra Clubs in Ireland

HOUSTON — President of Serra Club of Houston and past Governor Margo Geddie’s vision came to fruition as bishops in Ireland approved starting Serra Clubs in Ireland.

Accompanied by Candice Tyrrell, Serra Governor for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Beaumont and Port Arthur; and Patty Schneier, nationally Catholic speaker, member of the Serra Club of St. Louis, Missouri and mother of a priest; the group spoke about the history of the club, it’s programs and the support given to families who have a son in the process of joining the priesthood.

Margaret Cartwright, director of vocations in Ireland, explained how Serra Club would benefit Ireland with fresh ideas and compliment the work she already does with Vocations Ireland.

Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly and Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan both expressed their approval to begin Serra Clubs in Ireland.

“Your American ‘can do’ attitude and your willingness to come all this way to help the Church in Ireland is inspiring,” Bishop Cullinan said. 

St. Agnes Academy dedicates new student life center

HOUSTON — St. Agnes Academy dedicated their new Student Life Center on Nov. 29. 

More than 1,300 students, leadership, benefactors and friends of St. Agnes celebrated the completion of the new state-of-the-art facilities.

The $26 million project, which was the most ambitious capital campaign in the school’s history, includes a new auditorium, school store, dance studio, a student gathering space, as well as several classrooms and offices. 
Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza joined guests and leadership for a blessing processional followed by a dedication ceremony and reception. 

During the ceremony, the school was presented with a proclamation from City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner by At-Large City Councilman Mike Knox and State Representative Gene Wu declaring Nov. 29 St. Agnes Academy Day in the City of Houston. 

“Thank you to all of you who created our past, who built our present, and who help us dream our future. We couldn’t have done it without each one of you,” Sister Jane Meyer, O.P., head of school, said.