I finished my fourth of six chemo treatments last Thursday. My family has not left my side. Part of me wants to quit the treatment for the side effects alone but with God's grace I continue. I'm gearing up for a new evaluation and scans at MD Anderson in the next few days. Perhaps I'll have more the report then.
My nausea is much better controlled but still problematic for me. We had our parish festival this weekend but I was not able stay longer than just a short time before needing to get back to bed. The parish family has been overwhelming understanding and supportive. Fr. Lawrence and Fr. Oliver along with the parish staff continue to cover my responsibilities and commitments.
All in all, I have little to complain about and much more to be thankful for. May God reward your thoughtfulness and prayers.
Pope Francis names Galveston-Houston priest as new Bishop of Victoria
April 23, 2015
Pope Francis named Father Brendan Cahill of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston as the new Bishop of the Diocese of Victoria, Texas. Since 2010, Bishop-elect Cahill had been serving as the Director of Clergy Formation and Chaplaincy Services and Vicar for Clergy for the Archdiocese when the announcement was made by the Vatican, April 23. He will be the third bishop of Victoria, succeeding Bishop David E. Fellhauer, who has served as the Victoria bishop since 1990. Bishop Fellhauer has been granted retirement by the Holy See.
Brendan John Cahill, 51, was born in Coral Gables, Florida. His family moved to Houston in 1971. The son of Joe and Joan Cahill, Bishop-elect Cahill has two brothers and two sisters, seven nieces and nephews and a great-nephew and great niece – all of whom live in the Houston area. Bishop-elect Cahill attended St. Cecilia Catholic School in Houston and graduated from St. Thomas High School in Houston in 1981. He attended Rice University for a year before entering St. Mary's Seminary in Houston in 1982.
Bishop-elect Cahill was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Galveston-Houston in 1990. He was as parochial vicar at St. Frances Cabrini in Houston and Christ the Good Shepherd in Spring before serving as the formation director at St. Mary's Seminary from 1998-2001. He later served as the rector at St. Mary's Seminary from 2001 to 2010 and was an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Theology. Since September of 2014, he has served as Administrator pro-tem of St. Joseph Church in Houston.
The bishop-elect studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University and has theology degrees with specializations in the history and the theologians that were influential at the opening of the Second Vatican Council and on the Catholic doctrine on the interpretation of Scripture as developed in the Second Vatican Council. In addition, he has a Masters in Theology from Xavier University in New Orleans with a specialization on the experience and theology of African-American Catholics.
Bishop-elect Cahill is a Spiritual Director of the Houston Senatus of the Legion of Mary and a Chaplain of the Houston Serra Club and Knights of Columbus, Galveston-Houston Chapter. He is an Associate Chaplain of the Knights of Malta; a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre, Southwest Lieutenancy; and a Knight of Columbus, 4th Degree Member.
Bishop Fellhauer made a formal announcement to the priests, people and local media with Bishop-elect Cahill present at a press conference. The Mass of Ordination for Bishop-elect Cahill is scheduled for June 29 in Victoria.
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If you are unsure about bringing a complaint or would like further information, please contact: Rev. Gary Janak at (361) 575-4741.
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