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Austin, Beaumont teachers recognized as Teachers of the Year

Inaugural year for award taps teachers with deep roots in Catholic education   AUSTIN – Vivian Conway of Austin and Jerrilynn Miller of Beaumont have been honored as the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops 2019 Elementary Teacher of the Year and High School Teacher of the Year, respectively. “Both Mrs. Conway and Mrs. Miller exemplify…

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Welcome to the 86th Legislature

There are several opportunities for Catholics working in and near the Texas state Capitol to participate in Catholic life in downtown Austin. Every week, more than 50 Masses are celebrated within one mile of the Capitol. Special faith events hosted at the Capitol include: Weekly Rosary On Wednesdays at 8 a.m., Sen. Lucio hosts the…

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Midterms 2018: Catholic Social Teaching and Voting

Election season is in full swing, and many voters are discerning the best candidates to represent them on the local, state, and federal level. For Catholics, voting is not only a civil right, but also a sacred duty and another way we fulfill our responsibilities as citizens of the United States. As the Catechism of…

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Statement concerning the serial bombings in Central Texas

Statement from Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, of San Antonio and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin (Spanish immediately follows English) “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families and friends of all those affected by the package explosions which have taken place this month in Austin and San Antonio, the latest of…

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Job opening: Austin St. Vincent de Paul Client Services Coordinator

The Society of St. Vincent DePaul is a faith-based, grassroots nonprofit organization that offers person-to-person service to individuals in need. This is a mission driven organization. We are currently searching for a vibrant, enthusiastic, optimistic Client Services Coordinator  who will serve as an active and collaborative member of the staff in our Austin Council office.…

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Bishops express gratitude for clemency for Thomas Whitaker

Governor’s decision to stop execution an example of restorative justice.  AUSTIN – The Catholic bishops of Texas expressed gratitude for the decision of Governor Greg Abbott to grant clemency to Thomas Whitaker. Their full statement follows: “We offer prayers of thanksgiving that Thomas Whitaker was granted clemency and mercy has been shown. We are grateful…

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FEMA allows houses of worship to receive hurricane relief funding

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has changed its Public Assistance Policy and Program Guide to add as eligible “activities of community centers or houses of worship open to the general public, without regard to their secular or religious nature,” effect for any major disaster declared on or after Aug. 23, 2017. Thanks for your prayers…

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Texas bishops express sorrow for victims of Sutherland Springs shooting

AUSTIN — The Catholic bishops of Texas express their deep sadness for the loss of life at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Sunday. Their full statement follows: Our hearts ache for those suffering from the terrible loss of life at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs on Nov. 5. We open our…

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