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New leadership in the Catholic Schools Office

Misty Poe took over as the new superintendent of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Austin in June after serving as the assistant superintendent of Catholic Schools for five years. She succeeds Ned F. Vanders who retired after 12 years of service. Poe’s 22 years of experience includes being teacher and principal of the Cathedral School of St. Mary in Austin, and Head of Middle School at St. Gabriel Catholic School in Austin.

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September 2017, Volume 35, Number 8

The September issue of the Catholic Spirit features a story on disaster relief after Hurricane Harvey, a back-to-school feature on our Catholic schools and the Bishop's Interview on how the parables still apply to us today. All of the stories in this issue are listed by headline on the right of this page.

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The Friday E-Pistle (Sept. 1, 2017)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Official appointments

  • Very Rev. Basil Aguzie, MSP, as Dean of the Austin Central Deanery, effective Aug. 7, 2017.
  • Very Rev. Edward Karasek as Dean of the Bastrop/Lockhart Deanery, effective Sept. 1, 2017.
  • Very Rev. Albert Laforet Jr. as Dean of the Bryan/College Station Deanery, effective Aug. 1, 2017.
  • Very Rev. Will Straten as Dean of the Georgetown/Round Rock Deanery, effective Sept. 1, 2017.

Statement on Hurricane Harvey

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Bishop's statement on Hurricane Harvey

Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, Bishop of Austin released the following statement on Aug. 28, 2017:

“Please join me in praying for our brothers and sisters experiencing the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.  Let us invoke the protection of our Blessed Mother.”

"Por favor, únanse a mí en oración por nuestros hermanos y hermanas que se encuentran experimentando la devastación causada por el Huracán Harvey. Invoquemos la protección de nuestra Santa Madre."

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CCCTX responds to Hurricane Harvey

 

Catholic Charities of Central Texas’ Disaster Response program has been activated. Our brothers and sisters on the coast will most likely require assistance once the hurricane has passed and flood waters have receded. In an effort to be mobile ready on Monday we are asking for your support in four key areas:

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Weekend event cancelations

Due to the approaching storms from Hurricane Harvey, the following diocesan functions for Saturday, Aug. 25 have been canceled:

  • Pathway to Healing Annulment Workshop
  • South and Central Deanery Day of Prayer and Reflection at St. John Neumann Parish in Austin
  • EIM Workshop at St. Paul Parish in Smithville
  • EIM Workshop at St. Sacred Heart in La Grange
  • EIM Workshop at Sacred Heart Parish in Elgin
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The Friday E-Pistle (Aug. 18, 2017)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Statement on hate and violence

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez and Auxiliary Bishop Daniel E. Garcia issued the following statement on Aug. 15:

We give thanks for the decision to cancel the “alt-right” rally that was scheduled for Sept. 11 at Texas A&M University. The safety of the students and peace on the campus at Texas A&M, as well as on all of our university campuses must be a priority.

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Bishops issue statement on hate, violence

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez and Auxiliary Bishop Daniel E. Garcia issued the following statement on Aug. 15:

We give thanks for the decision to cancel the “alt-right” rally that was scheduled for Sept. 11 at Texas A&M University. The safety of the students and peace on the campus at Texas A&M, as well as on all of our university campuses must be a priority.

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The Friday E-Pistle (Aug. 11, 2017)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Official appointments

  • Rev. Dennis Strach II, CSC, as administrator at St. Ignatius Martyr Parish in Austin, effective Aug. 1, 2017.
  • Rev. Thomas J. Jones, CSC, as parochial vicar at St. Ignatius Martyr Parish in Austin, effective Aug. 15, 2017.
  • Deacon Eugene Wohlfarth has been assigned to St. Theresa Parish in Austin, effective Aug. 4, 2017.

Offices closed

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The Friday E-Pistle (Aug. 4, 2017)

A message from Bishop Vásquez

Official appointments

  • Very Rev. David Leibham, pastor of Santa Cruz Parish in Buda, to a three-year term as associate member of the Vocation Team, effective Aug. 1.
  • Very Rev. David Leibham joins Rev. Alex Caudillo, Rev. John Kim, Rev. Ryan Higdon, Rev. Uche Andeh and Rev. Juan Carlos Lopez, who continue to serve on the Vocation Team in collaboration with Rev. Jonathan Raia, Vocation Director.
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