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who was about to leave for Rome. I wanted to make sure he had all the medical supplies he would need while he was gone. When I called, a different priest answered the phone. He told me that my mentor had already left for Rome but had a message to deliver to me. My mentor had said to him that he had received a message while he was praying and that the message was that I should continue in the program. My mentor knew nothing of my decision to quit. I thought to myself, “Really? What about my nine reasons for leaving?” Despite that, I thanked the other priest for passing on the message. Then I asked myself, “Now what?” The only response could be – was to tough it out. I decided to do just that. It wasn't easy, but it seemed that Someone wanted me to continue, and had cleared the way

for me. At the next periodic interview, I was asked if I wanted to continue in the program. My answer was a resounding, “Yes! The only way I'll leave the program is if you kick me out!” I wasn't kicked out, and I continued on to receive the sacrament of Holy Orders and was ordained by Bishop Edmond Carmody on Nov. 8, 2008, with 21 of my brother candidates. Since then, my brother deacons and I have received the encouragement and prayer support of our parishioners. Just before ordination, I was asked to start a program, entitled, “Catholics Returning Home,” at my parish, St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles Parish in Annaville. The program is an invitation to inactive Catholics to come back to the Church as active participants. Working with these individuals has

been a delight – they all seem so excited about coming home to the Church. My wife had been essential for my success in this program. She would nag me to get things done and when necessary, did a lot of the behind-thescenes work, typical of the wife of a deacon. She died five years ago, but I believe she still helps me, by providing intercessory prayer support. Since she and I started the program in 2008, our parish has received some 250 inactive Catholics back into the Church. Currently, I am the Formation Director for the Diaconate Program in the Diocese of Corpus Christi, and we have a class of thirteen candidates and their wives. We hope to see each of the candidates ordained in 2020. I look forward to continuing to serve in my vocation as a deacon.

Jubilarians will be honored at special Mass

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Sister Caroline Fritter, IWBS

Sister Agnes Marie Tengler, IWBS

ight religious’ sisters in the Diocese of Corpus Christi will be recognized at a special Mass on World Day for Consecrated Life at Corpus Christi Cathedral on Feb. 3. Those being honored for their years of service will renew their commitment to serve the Lord and his people. Among them, five are from the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament. They are Sister Caroline Fritter, IWBS and Sister Agnes Marie Tengler,

Sister Catherine Brehony, IWBS

Sister Jude Janecek, IWBS

Sister Anne Marie Espinosa, IWBS

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Sister Margaret Mary, Loehr, SOLT

IWBS celebrating 75 years; Sister Catherine Brehony, IWBS celebrating 70 years; Sister Jude Janecek, IWBS celebrating 60 years; and Sister Anne Marie Espinosa, IWBS celebrating 50 years. Sister Margaret Mary Loehr with the sisters of the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity is celebrating 50 years; Sister Teresa Marie Diaz, with the Sisters of the Pax Christi Institute will be celebrating 25 years and Sister Vimala Joseph, with the Sisters of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be celebrating 25 years.

Sister Teresa Marie Diaz, PCI

Sister Vimala Joseph, SABS

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February 2019 - Vol. 54 No. 2  

In our February issue we focus on the month of the Holy Family. We feature the unveiling of two paintings in the chapel at CHRISTUS Spohn Dr...

February 2019 - Vol. 54 No. 2  

In our February issue we focus on the month of the Holy Family. We feature the unveiling of two paintings in the chapel at CHRISTUS Spohn Dr...

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