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Fifty Faithful Years The Diocese of Brownsville was officially established on July 10, 1965 by Pope Paul VI. Read the Full Story
Convocation 2015 The 2015 Catechetical Convocation is set for Saturday, Sept. 19 at the McAllen Convention Center. Read the Full Story
Faith-filled environment Spaces are still available in the 13 Catholic schools of the Diocese of Brownsville for the 2015-16 academic year. Read the Full Story
Rekindling the flame Marriage Encounter Weekend planned for Aug. 21-23: “You are just like your mother!” or “You are just like your father!” Read the Full Story
Summer Food Program Many families count on school meals to keep their children nourished — breakfast and lunch are served at most schools. During the summer months, when school is not in session, putting three meals on the table puts a strain on the food budget for many families.  Read the Full Story

Weekly Update

July 23, 2015


Celebrating 50 Years
The Diocese of Brownsville was officially established on July 10, 1965 by Pope Paul VI.

Prior to being established as a diocese, the area was part of the Vicariate Apostolic of Brownville from 1874 to 1912, and later a part of o the Diocese of Corpus Christi. The ninth diocese in Texas was formed by detaching four counties from the Diocese of Corpus Christi in 1965.

To mark the Golden Anniversary of the diocese, Bishop Daniel E. Flores will celebrate an open air Mass at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2 in front of the mosaic at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Diocese of Brownsville.

The event is open to the public and will serve as the principal event of the Jubilee Year. Sept. 2 marks the date the Most Rev. Adolph Marx was installed as the first bishop of the Diocese of Brownsville.

Vespers for clergy and religious will be prayed at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18 at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Brownsville.

For more information on these events, contact Father Gregory T. Labus at (956) 383-3728.

Latest priest appointments:
Effective July 1, 2015
Rev. Juan Pablo Davalos, appointed Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Affairs and Moderator for the more recently ordained priests, retaining his assignments as Pastor of The Parish of the Lord of Divine Mercy in Brownsville, Bishop's Liaison to the Priests' Assignment Board and Member of the Presbyteral Council and relieved of his responsibilities as Secretary for Pastoral Affairs

Rev. Jose Garza, appointed Spiritual Director for Movimiento Familiar Cristiano - Federaci6n Edinburg, retaining his assignments as Parochial Vicar of Saint Joseph the Worker Parish in McAllen and Spiritual Assessor of Movimiento de la Llama de Amor del Inmaculado Corazon de Maria

Rev. Mishael Koday, appointed Chaplain for the Serra Club in Harlingen, retaining his assignment as Parish Administrator of Saint Mary Parish in Santa Rosa

Rev. Jerzy E. Majka, appointed Spiritual Director for Encuentro Matrimonial Mundial, retaining his assignment as Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in McAllen

Rev. Luis Fernando Sanchez, appointed Episcopal Vicar for Canonical Affairs, retaining his assignments as Pastor of San Martin de Porres Parish in Alton and Director of the Diaconate Formation Program and relieved of his responsibilities as Vice-Chancellor and Secretary for Canonical Affairs

Rev. Luis Roberto Tinajero, appointed Chaplain of the Catholic Student Center for The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, retaining his assignment as Priest Administrator of San Pedro Mission and Assistant Director of Vocation

Effective July 15, 2015
Rev. Kevin Collins, OMI, appointed Pastor of Saint Eugene de Mazenod Parish in Brownsville
Rev. Porfirio Garcia, OMI, assigned to the Diocese of Laredo
Rev. Timothy Paulsen, OMI, assigned to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Effective August 1, 2015
Rev. Alejandro F. Flores, appointed Pastor of Saint Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin Parish in McAllen, retaining his assignments as Director of Pro-Life, Censor Librorum and Member of the Presbyteral Council and relieved of his responsibilities as Parish Administrator of Saint Joseph the Worker Parish in San Carlos

Rev. Manuel Alfredo Razo, STL, appointed Parish Administrator of Saint Joseph the Worker Parish in San Carlos and its missions Saint Anne in San Manuel and Saint Theresa in Faysville and relieved of his responsibilities as Parochial Vicar of Saint Paul the Apostle Parish in Rio Grande City and Campus Ministry Chaplain for South Texas College in Starr County

Become an Ambassador
Are you a young adult between the ages 18 and 39, who lives, works, studies and/or worships in the Diocese of Brownsville? Are you passionate about creating young adult opportunities for others in your community and the diocese at large? Do you have the skills to speak for and work collaboratively with peers? Do you want to participate in exclusive fellowship and leadership training for Catholic young adults? Apply to become an Ambassador today! The deadline to submit your application has been extended to July 31!

The next KAUSSA Young Catholic Professionals' speaker series featuring renowned local banker Mr. Al Beltran. It will take place on August 4th, 6:30-8 p.m. at The Courtyard McAllen Airport, 2131 S. 10th Street, McAllen. Meet for a great time of learning and fellowship with other professionals in their 20s and 30s. First time guests welcome! For more information, please contact or Raul Cabrera at (956) 784-5045.

Ambassadors for Christ
Ambassadors for Christ is an annual young adult retreat hosted by St. Paul’s Parish in Mission since 2012. This three-day retreat provides young men and women in their 20s and 30s an opportunity to live a deeper encounter with Christ and connect to a faith community. This year’s Ambassadors for Christ Retreat will be held July 30-Aug. 2, at the Benedictine Monastery in Rio Grande City. For more information, call Karina at (956) 960-3119, Jennifer at 956-735-8235 or Maricruz at (956) 353-7902.

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