Month: April 2021
Why ‘disappointing’ Census numbers are such a concern
April 30, 2021
New Census numbers show the U.S. had its slowest decade of population growth since the Great Depression — and experts say this confirms a pre-existing downward trend.
Polish Catholics commemorate fifth of diocesan priests killed in World War II
April 29, 2021
Catholics in Poland are commemorating the fifth of the country’s diocesan priests who were murdered in World War II as they mark the Day of Martyrdom of the Polish Clergy.
Pope Francis at the general audience: Christian meditation ‘is not a withdrawal into ourselves’
April 28, 2021
Pope Francis said April 28 that Christian meditation is a way of encountering Jesus and not “a withdrawal into ourselves.”
Bishop Janak bids farewell to the Diocese of Victoria
As I prepare to depart from the Diocese of Victoria, and begin my episcopal ministry in the Archdiocese of San Antonio, I do so with mixed feelings. I am grateful for the opportunity to be obedient to what the Church has asked of me, and honored by the trust Pope Francis has placed in me, yet I am overwhelmed at having to leave my home. The Diocese of Victoria is the only diocese I have ever known.
Sisters of Divine Providence of San Antonio joyfully congratulate Bishop Gary Janak
Could Czech immigrants Francis and Catherine Svec Fikac ever have thought that four of their daughters — Mary, Katie, Sophie and Annie — would one day minister in 27 parishes across the state as Sisters of Divine Providence? Could these sisters — Sisters Prisca, Sylvester, Dennis and Mildred Fikac — ever have imagined that one day their great-nephew (Gary William Janak) would become bishop? In God’s Providence these thoughts became reality.
Social distancing protocols to be adjusted beginning March 31
Along with social distancing and mask usage, it appears that the recent increase in vaccinations has led to a significant decline in COVID-19 new cases, hospitalizations and deaths, even as Texas has fully opened its economy.
My journey to Assumption Seminary
As I get closer to the end of my college years at Assumption Seminary, and prepare to graduate from Mexican American Catholic College and University of Incarnate Word, I have begun to reflect on these past four years that I spent as a collegian at Assumption Seminary.
Seminary life during the pandemic
Last month a somber anniversary was observed. It has been one year since the archdiocese was affected by the spread of the coronavirus. Assumption Seminary made the difficult, yet necessary, decision to close the campus and send the seminarians home in March 2020. Seminary life became virtual.
Situation at the U.S.-Mexico border
The bishops along the border of the United States and Northern Mexico issued a joint statement April 1 on the situation at the border of the two countries.
Msgr. Arnold ‘Buzz’ Anders dies April 4
Monsignor Arnold “Buzz” Anthony Anders, the longest serving priest in the Diocese of Victoria, went to his eternal reward on Easter Sunday, April 4. Father Anders, as he preferred to be called, was born in Dubina on Dec. 11, 1926, to Frank and Annie Guenther Anders.