In Brief: Women's group marks 90 years; Mary Queen concert pays tribute to 50 years in Friendswood

May 14, 2019

Galveston-Houston Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women celebrates 90 years of faith in action

By Jo Ann Zuñiga, Texas Catholic Herald

HOUSTON — The Galveston-Houston Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (GHACCW), as part of celebrating its 90th anniversary, will present a $100,000 check to Daniel Cardinal DiNardo that will benefit St. Mary’s Seminary.

Karen Davis, president of the GHACCW, said its convention, with the theme “Path to Holiness,” will be held at the seminary on May 16 to 17 with several speakers, including a couple, Tom and Katie Spicer, in their fifth year of diaconate formation, and Father Matthew Suniga, parochial vicar at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Sugar Land who attended St. Mary’s as a seminarian.

The convention will culminate with the Catholic Clerical Student Fund Banquet that Friday when the check will be presented in the cardinal’s honor. There will be two other burses presented in honor of Father Rafael Davila, M.M., part-time spiritual director at the seminary, and Father Reginald Petrash.

“We will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of ordination of Father Trung Nguyen, rector of the seminary, and the 50th anniversary of ordination for Monsignor Dan Scheel, spiritual advisor of the ACCW. And Cardinal DiNardo has a big birthday in May so we will probably sing to him, too!” Davis said.

In 1929, the Galveston Diocesan Council of Catholic Women organized at the urging of U.S. Catholic bishops to affiliate with the National Council of Catholic Women. As an early project, the women of the Diocese of Galveston established an endowment fund in support of seminarians. This fund was incorporated in 1933 and named The Catholic Clerical Student Fund (CCSF) and remains a major focus of the GH ACCW members.

The CCSF Fund is built through enrollments for Masses at St. Mary’s Seminary. Each accrued $15,000 in enrollments is designated a burse and named in someone’s honor. The CCSF has so far presented bishops in the Archdiocese with more than $6 million. 

Mary Queen concert pays tribute to milestone

FRIENDSWOOD — Mary Queen Catholic Church, located at 606 Cedarwood Dr. in Friendswood, celebrates 50 years as a Catholic community. The church was founded as a mission church served by the LaSalette Missionaries in 1965 and then in 1969 was elevated to a parish.

As part of the yearlong 50th celebration, on Friday, May 17, at 7 p.m. Mary Queen is hosting the Houston Masterworks Chorus who will perform the “Gloria” by Francis Poulnec and the “Requiem” by John Rutter. Admission is free and open to the public.