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  • July 22, 2014
    Diaconate candidates with the Diocese of Corpus Christi delivered an abundant of supplies for migrant children in McAllen this weekend. Many of them stayed and volunteered their time. See photos here.
  • July 22, 2014
    SOLT Sister Mary of the Incarnation (Anna) Kiernan, who joined the SOLT Sisters in their very first group in 1958, turned 99 on Saturday, July 19.
  • July 11, 2014
    Over the course of two weekends, approximately 7,400 teens, youth ministers, chaperones and volunteers will attend the Steubenville St. Louis Mid-America youth conferences on the campus of Missouri State University. The first conference will be held July 11-13, and the second conference the following weekend July 18-20.
  • July 9, 2014
    Catholic Charities’ Office of Ministry and Life Enrichment for the Disabled held their Walsh’s Annual Summer Camp for persons with special needs at Our Lady of Corpus Christi on July 8 and 9. See more on this event in the August edition of the South Texas Catholic.
  • July 8, 2014
    Sister Theresa Nguyen, IWBS, professed perpetual vows in the congregation of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament in a profession ceremony and Mass on June 28. See more on this event in the August issue of the South Texas Catholic.
  • June 30, 2014 | by Steven Alford, CHRISTUS Spohn Media Specialist
    CHRISTUS Spohn Health System, the region’s only nationally accredited cancer program, announced June 27 that it has completed acquisition of South Texas Comprehensive Cancer Centers (STCCC).
  • June 30, 2014
    Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi will host the 2014 Dinner and Dialogue with Bishop Michael Mulvey on Thursday, Sept. 25, at the Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center. The bi-annual fundraiser helps support the programs and services of Catholic Charities and the Mother Teresa Shelter.
  • June 30, 2014 | by By Alfredo E. Cardenas, South Texas Catholic
    After more than a quarter century driving past pro life advocates praying at the entrance to his abortion clinic’s parking lot entrance, Dr. Eduardo Aquino announced last month that he was retiring and closing his Coastal Birth Control Center.
  • June 30, 2014
    For the good of the people of God in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Bishop Michael Mulvey has made the following appointments:
  • June 30, 2014
    Sister Maria Alyse Vogel, ISSM, 86, passed away, Tuesday, June 17 in Rockport. She was born Nov. 17, 1927 in Steinfeld, Germany.
  • June 30, 2014
    Sister María Del Carmen Villalpando, MDPVM died on June 16 in Kingsville at the age of 93. She was born on July 15, 1920 to Norberto and María Isabel Villalpando of Tepatitlán Jalisco, México.
  • June 30, 2014
    Father Randy Cain, parochial vicar at St. Patrick’s Parish in Corpus Christi, passed into eternal life on June 11 and was laid to rest in his hometown of Winnsboro, Louisiana on June 14. Father Cain had served in the Diocese of Corpus Christi since his ordination in 1988.
  • June 30, 2014 | by By Corrina Longoria, Correspondent
    It was fitting and more than appropriate that the hymn “Here I am, Lord",” which calls God's people to serve the Lord, was sung May 31 at the ordination of Father David Bayardo and Father Alfredo Villarreal. Not only did these two men say, “Here I am Lord,” their family members–who watched with rapture-filled, tear-stained faces–also answered the call when they shared their sons and brothers with the church.
  • June 30, 2014
    Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi hosted a presentation and strategy discussion concerning payday and auto-title loans on Wednesday, June 18. Jeff Patterson, executive director of the Texas Catholic Conference, facilitated the workshop.
  • June 30, 2014
    Bishop Michael Mulvey ordained four priests at the Corpus Christi Cathedral on Saturday, May 31. It was, the bishop said to the new priests, “a special day in your lives and in the lives of your families, but it is also a unique moment in the life of the entire Church.”
  • June 30, 2014 | by By Mary Cottingham, South Texas Catholic
    Thanks to the generosity of parishioners from the Diocese of Corpus Christi who donated and continue to donate to the Legacy of Faith, Future of Hope Capital Endowment Campaign, retired priests in the diocese have begun moving into their new homes at the St. John Vianney Residence for Priests.
  • June 27, 2014
    For the good of the people and the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Bishop Michael Mulvey has made new priest appointments.
  • June 21, 2014
    An Urgent call for assistance is being made for immigrant refugee children in the Rio Grande Valley who have crossed into the United States and now are being released from federal holding areas. The large numbers are taxing the resources in that area.
  • June 10, 2014
    Leticia Mondragon, donor recruiter and public relations for the Coastal Bend Blood Center, presented awards to Bishop Michael Mulvey, Msgr. Michael Heras and Father Pat Donohoe for their support. See photos here.
  • June 6, 2014
    Joe Verastegui, Grand Knight of Knights of Columbus Council #3110, awarded Brianna C. Espinoza, daughter of Eric L. Espinoza and Myrta A. Espinoza, the Texas State Council Aid to Education grant for $1000. Espinoza was the lone winner for the Diocese of Corpus Christi.
  • June 5, 2014
    For the good of the people of God in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Bishop Mulvey has made the following official appointments:
  • June 2, 2014
    Father James Foelker, OMI, celebrated his 65th anniversary of priestly ordination with parishioners from Our Lady of Guadalupe in Sarita, Texas. See photos here.
  • May 30, 2014 | by By Msgr. Michael Howell, Contributor and Alfredo E. Cardenas, South Texas Catholic
    On June 6, Msgr. Gregory “Rory” Deane—who was ordained in Ireland in 1954—will celebrate 60 years in the priesthood. In retirement now, he has time to reminisce about his youth, his family, his beloved Ireland and the many changes in the universal church and in the Diocese of Corpus Christi.
  • May 30, 2014 | by By Father James Stembler, Contributor
    "The Church acknowledges the indispensable contribution which women make to society through the sensitivity, intuition and other distinctive skill sets which they, more than men, tend to possess. I think, for example, of the special concern which women show to others, which finds a particular, even if not exclusive, expression in motherhood" – Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, #103
  • May 30, 2014 | by By Alfredo E. Cardenas, South Texas Catholic
    Father Eulalio P. Ibay, STD, chaplain of the Apostleship of the Sea in the Diocese of Corpus Christi said the ministry “offers spiritual and practical help to seafarers, their families and all who work and travel on the waterways.”
  • May 30, 2014 | by By Alfredo E. Cardenas South Texas Catholic
    Quoting from Psalm 124, Mother Maria Elva Reyes, PCI, Superior General of the Pax Christi Sisters, closed the consecration Mass at the new Jesus Christ Our Peace Chapel with the words “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad.” The celebrants burst into thunderous applause.
  • May 29, 2014
    On Sunday, May 4, the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting for the Diocese of Corpus Christi held its annual Adult Scouting Awards at Corpus Christi Cathedral. Bishop Michael Mulvey celebrated the Mass.
  • May 23, 2014
    Keeping with the true meaning of the holiday, the Coastal Bend Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi will host a Memorial Day program from 1 to 2 p.m. on Monday, May 26.
  • May 19, 2014
    The Spirit Center, welcomes Debbie Vickery as the new executive director and chief development officer, filling the position formerly held by Sherry Bowers who accepted a position with the American Heart Association as Executive Director.
  • May 1, 2014
    On Tuesday May 13, Catholic Charities Immigration & Refugee Services Department is hosting a public forum to discuss and understand more about general citizenship and immigration issues.
  • May 1, 2014 | by By Msgr. Michael Howell, Contributor
    In a brief meeting held shortly before noon on March 20, 1943, the Corpus Christi City Council voted to designate the block of land on Shoreline just south of the USO building (today’s Art Center) as Sherrill Park in honor of one of the first Corpus Christians who died in World War II—Warren Joseph Sherrill, a young Catholic whose family attended the Corpus Christi Cathedral.
  • May 1, 2014
    Bishop Michael Mulvey will ordain four new priests at the Corpus Christi Cathedral on Saturday, May 31, at 10 a.m. Two of the new priests will be diocesan priests and will serve in the Diocese of Corpus Christi and two will be ordained for the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity.
  • May 1, 2014 | by By Msgr. Roger Smith, Contributor
    On the weekend of May 17-18, parishes throughout the Diocese of Corpus Christi will take up the annual special collection for the Priests’ Pension Plan Fund, which assists retired and disabled diocesan priests. There are 25 diocesan priests presently receiving a monthly pension benefit.
  • May 1, 2014
    Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Red Mass on Oct. 2.
  • May 1, 2014
    For the good of the people of God in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Bishop Michael Mulvey appointed Father Frank X. Martinez, STL Administrator Pro Tempore of St. James Parish in Bishop and St. James Mission in Driscoll effective April 10. Bishop Mulvey also appointed Father Patrick K. Donohoe as Diocesan Chancellor effective May 1. Father Donohoe will continue as pastor of Holy Family Parish in Corpus Christi.
  • May 1, 2014
    Ellen Zdansky, at left, state director and representative of Catholic Union of Texas (KJT) and Rosalie Bohuslav, President of CC Society #72 in Corpus Christi presented Bishop Michael Mulvey with two checks for the Priest and Religious Retirement and the Seminarian Education funds. KJT is a non-profit fraternal benefit society organized and founded in 1889 with 88 societies across the state and almost 18,000 members.
  • April 30, 2014 | by By Mary Cottingham, South Texas Catholic
    The Catholic Student Organization (CSO) at Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) held a Busy Students Retreat at the newly built Newman Center and St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel in Kingsville from April 20-24.
  • April 28, 2014 | by Harriet S. Cornachione, Coastal Bend Community Foundation
    The Coastal Bend Community Foundation (CBCF) announces the 2014 Annual Grants online open May 1, and closing June 15. Grant writers for area nonprofits are encouraged to visit the Foundation’s Web site at www.cbcfoundation.org and select “Grants” at the top of the home page or refer to the “Latest News” link for Annual Grants.
  • April 25, 2014
    Catholic Charities Office of Ministry and Life Enrichment for the Disabled held their annual Sarita trip for people with disablities from the Diocese of Corpus Christi at the Kenedy beach house on April 23.
  • April 1, 2014 | by By Alfredo E. Cardenas South Texas Catholic
    Bishop Michael Mulvey was among 65 bishops from throughout the world who traveled to Castel Gandolfo, the location of the pope’s summer residence, on Feb. 24-28 to take part in the 37th international meeting of bishops and friends of the Focolare Movement. Pope Francis granted the group an audience on Feb. 27.
  • April 1, 2014
    For the good of the people of God in the Diocese of Corpus Christi Bishop Michael Mulvey appointed Father Edgardo Barrameda, SOLT as Administrator of Christ the King Parish in Corpus Christi, effective March 10.
  • April 1, 2014
    Father Peter J. West speaks to students on the meaning, history and worldly travels of the Black Madonna of Czestochowa in the chapel on Blessed John Paul II High School campus Feb. 24. Father West is on an “Ocean to Ocean” Pilgrimage for Human Life International. He accompanied the traveling icon to Corpus Christi and concelebrated Mass with Father Ogie Rosalinas at St. Joseph Church in Corpus Christi. Many people from around the diocese gathered to see the traveling icon. The following day some of the faithful processed to Crosstown and Morgan to pray the rosary in the icon’s presence outside the abortion clinic.
  • April 1, 2014
    To Celebrate the Feast Day of St. Katharine Drexel and to give the parishioners a better understanding of the historical significance of the creation of the Holy Cross Parish, Msgr. Michael Howell gave a history of the origination of the Holy Cross Church and buildings and how St. Katharine Drexel was so instrumental in the purchasing of these buildings.
  • April 1, 2014 | by By Alfredo E. Cardenas, South Texas Catholic
    In 1953, 33 Catholics came together in the Diocese of Corpus Christi to organize a Serra Club to promote vocations to the priesthood and religious life in their diocese. After celebrating 50 years of successful ministry, many members began to age or pass away and a few years short of its 60th anniversary the Serra Club became inactive.
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