by Bishop Michael Mulvey, Diocese of Corpus Christi
Believe it or not, Christmas is upon us once again, and a new year will soon dawn. The child in the manger, who is God and man, remains our light and our hope. The Gospel of John reminds us that God loves each one of us so much that He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in Him might have eternal life (Jn 3:16). Though the birth of Jesus was a historical event, the abiding presence of Emmanuel, God with us, continues until the end of the Age (Mt 28:20). He is with us today and will always be among us. He is our Way, our Truth, and our Life.
Sister Rose Miriam Gansle, IWBS, surrendered her earthly life to eternal life on Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at Incarnate Word Convent. Born June 6, 1942, in Corpus Christi to Justus and Sylvia Gansle. Sister Rose Miriam is preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Jerry, Jim and John Gansle. She is survived by one brother Richard, his wife Sue Gansle, a niece, Greta Gansle, and many nieces and nephews.
by Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament
Sister Agnes Marie Tengler (Margaret Christine), a Sister of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament of Corpus Christi, was welcomed into eternal life by her loving God on October 7, 2021. Born to August John Tengler and Agnes Cecilia Whelan Tengler on October 22, 1926, she is preceded in death by her parents and her only sibling, Msgr. Alvin Tengler of the Diocese of Corpus Christi.
Today, the Supreme Court of the United States is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, on the Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks. The question before the Court is whether all pre-viability bans on elective abortions are unconstitutional. Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued the following statement:
For pilgrim Lucía Romero, who has participated in La Antorcha Guadalupana (Guadalupana Torch Run) for the past 11 years, traveling with the “fire of the Virgin’s love for her child Jesus” brings her great joy since the death of her son 12 years ago.
Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMUK) Newman Center director Daniel Rosa says that “a culture of invitation has begun to take root” at the university. “These invitations come from a desire for every student and community member to know, love, and serve God and neighbor.”
La parroquia de Nuestra Señora del Pilar en Corpus Christi recibió a una gran cantidad de peregrinos que acompañaban a la Antorcha Guadalupana, el 23 de Octubre. Muchos de ellos recorriendo parroquias de diócesis circunvecinas y atravesando la frontera con México.
The Diocese of Corpus Christi Office of Catholic Schools held the 36th Annual Diocesan Catholic Educators’ Conference (DCEC) virtually on Nov. 12. The professional development conference is designed to energize teachers, faculty and staff with keynote speakers who will inspire them with “relevant strategies, ideas, techniques and winning best practices,” said Dr. Rosemary Henry, superintendent of Catholic Schools. “We accomplished all this and more. Teaching and learning can be a joy!”
A memorial Mass was held on Nov. 21, honoring deceased members of San Patricio County Knights of Columbus Council #6413. The Mass was celebrated by Father Piotr Koziel at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Portland.
This week on Thursday, Nov. 18 join other Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant Christians across the country coming together online to pray for the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case. This is the case that could overturn Roe v. Wade—the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in all 50 states.
The Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament (IWBS) have been teaching, evangelizing, and accompanying people in Corpus Christi and surrounding areas for the past 150 years. In celebration of this incredible milestone, Bishop Michael Mulvey presided over their 150th Anniversary Mass and the anniversary of their school, Incarnate Word Academy (IWA), at Corpus Christi Cathedral on Nov. 5.
From the Office of Youth Ministry, Diocesan Director Jaime Reyna met with youth ministers and leaders for dinner and fellowship at Butter Churn restaurant in Sinton on Oct. 28. The leaders were able to network and share their experiences.
The community, and friends are invited to join the family and remember Warren Phipps, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of Corpus Christi at a rosary service with viewing Friday, Nov. 5 at the Corpus Christi Cathedral starting at 6 p.m.
Fifth-grade students from St. Pius X began their first annual Virtual Cyber Robotics and Coding Competition through CoderZ on Oct. 27. They are currently in their second week of competition, competing with 99 teams worldwide while developing their STEM and coding skills. STEM is a curriculum based on educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The Silver Rose has made its final stop in the Diocese of Corpus Christi at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Portland. The Silver Rose was available for viewing on the altar at the vigil Mass celebrated by the pastor, Father Piotr Koziel on Oct. 30. After Mass it was then placed in the adoration chapel by Sir Knight Joe Saavedra, Knights of Columbus District Marshal of the diocese and Faithful Navigator of Assembly 2781 (Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church) and will be available for viewing and adoration until Nov. 4.
The Diocese of Corpus Christi hosted the Region 10 biannual meeting for representatives of the National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors/Coordinators for Hispanic Ministry (NCADDHM) at the Pax Christi Liturgical Center on Oct. 25-26.