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ICM Sisters win 2014 Lumen Christi Award PEÑITAS — Sister Carolyn Kosub, Sister Emily Jocson and Sister Fatima Santiago of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary were awarded the national 2014 Lumen Christi Award, which in Latin means, “Light of Christ.” Read the Full Story
New altar BROWNSVILLE — Bishop Daniel E. Flores consecrated the new altar at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral on Sept. 15. Read the Full Story
Volunteers needed Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley continues to assist refugees from Central America at assistance centers at Sacred Heart Parish in McAllen and at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Brownsville. Read the Full Story
Teachers of the faith The 2014 Catechetical Convocation is set for Saturday, Sept. 27 at the McAllen Convention Center. Read the Full Story
YouthBLAST WESLACO — Youth ministers, catechetical leaders and Catholic school educators, mark your calendars. YouthBLAST, a conference for high school youth, is set for Saturday, Oct. 25. Read the Full Story

 
MOST REVEREND DANIEL E. FLORES

 

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Weekly Update

September 17, 2014

“VERBUM MITTITUR SPIRANS AMOREM”

2014 Lumen Christi Award Missionary Sisters of Immaculate Heart of Mary
Catholic Extension is proud to announce that Sister Carolyn Kosub, Sister Emily Jocson and Sister Fatima Santiago of Penitas are the recipients of the national 2014 Lumen Christi Award. For the past 37 years, the Lumen Christi (Latin for “light of Christ”) Award has been presented to an individual or group who has demonstrated how the power of faith can transform lives and communities.

The sisters, who are from the community of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, have spent more than a decade ministering to the needs of residents in one of the most impoverished areas of the country by building up a vibrant Catholic community.

For more information, including a video presentation about the sisters, visit http://www.catholicextension.org/about-us/lumen-christi-award/2014-lumen-christi-award-recipients

New Altar Blessed for Immaculate Conception Cathedral
Bishop Daniel E. Flores consecrated the new altar at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral on Sept. 15.

To see photo album visit the Diocese of Brownsville Facebook page –
http://tinyurl.com/qzs8b7a and the bishop’s blog – http://bishopflores.blogspot.com.

Our condolences
Sister Maria Elena Maldonado, a Sister of Mercy for 66 years, from Mercedes/Weslaco died on Sept. 13 in St. Louis, Missouri. Born Maria Rita to Raymundo & Juana Garces on August 17, 1929 Sister is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Raymundo and sister Ninfa Escamilla and survived by sisters Petra Flynn of Weslaco, Elpidia Enriquez of Michigan, nieces and nephews, the Sisters of Mercy, and many, many friends are left to remember her beautiful, faith-filled life.

Sister Maldonado became a Sister of Mercy in St. Louis, Missouri in 1948, and spent her life in the field of education, as administrator, teacher and in religious education throughout the Rio Grande valley. In addition to her beginning years as a religious in St. Louis, Sister Maldonado served for three years in schools in Missouri and Arkansas and the rest of her religious life was spent in her home, the lower Rio Grande Valley. Sister served in the schools/parishes of Immaculate Heart of Mary (Harlingen), Our Lady of Guadalupe (Mission), and Sacred Heart (McAllen and Edinburg), Immaculate Conception (Rio Grande City), Our Lady of Mercy (Mercedes) and St. Pius X (Weslaco). Sister Maldonado lived into her retirement in Weslaco in ministry through Bible study, visitation and serving on the Board of Directors of ARISE – South Tower, a community based ministry co-sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy.

Visitation was held at St. Pius X Church in Weslaco on Sept. 16. The Mass of Christian burial took place on Sept. 17, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Mercedes. She is buried at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Cemetery in Mercedes.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to one of the following: Sisters of Mercy, 101 Mercy Drive, Belmont, NC 28012, ARISE, P.O. Box 778, Alamo, TX 78516 or Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic School, 611 Dunlap, Mission, TX 78572.

Latest priests’ appointments:
Effective September 1, 2014
▪ Rev. Daniel Herve Oyama, appointed Temporary Priest in Charge of San Pedro Mission in San Pedro while continuing as Chaplain at Valley Baptist Health Systems and Valley Regional Medical Center in Brownsville

Effective September 4, 2014
▪ Very Rev. Ariel Oliver Angel, JCL, re-elected Member of the Presbyteral Council for the Mission Deanery

▪ Rev. Jose Rene Angel, JCL, elected Member of the Presbyteral Council for the Pharr Deanery

▪ Rev. Esteban Hernandez, elected Member of the Presbyteral Council for the Weslaco Deanery

▪ Rev. Jose M. Villalon, Jr., elected Member of the Presbyteral Council for the San Benito Deanery

▪ Rev. Joaquin Zermeño, elected Member of the Presbyteral Council for the Rio Grande City Deanery

Effective September 5, 2014
▪ Rev. Edouard Atangana, STL, appointed Interim Director of the Diaconate Formation Program, retaining all other assignments

▪ Rev. Artemio Jacob, appointed Temporary Parish Administrator of Sacred Heart Parish in Escobares and its missions Our Lady of Guadalupe in El Sauz and Santa Rosa de Lima in Rosita

Effective September 17, 2014
▪ Rev. Arturo Cardenas, appointed Parochial Vicar of Christ the King Parish in Brownsville

Effective September 19, 2014
▪ Rev. Cesar Uriel Partida, appointed Parochial Vicar of Saint John the Baptist Parish in San Juan and relieved of his responsibilities at Christ the King Parish in Brownsville

It's that Time of Year Again for Festivals
If your parish or mission is planning a fall festival, jamaica, kermes or other fundraiser, please send your announcements to the diocese’s communications team. Send information by email to tdeleon@cdob.org so that it may be included in Weekly update, the website and on social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter). 

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