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SAN ANGELO — Pope Francis has named Monsignor Michael Sis, currently vicar general of the Diocese of Austin, to succeed Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer as bishop of San Angelo. He will be ordained and installed as the sixth bishop of the Diocese of San Angelo Jan. 27. Bishop-elect Sis was born Jan. 9, 1960, in Mount Holly, New Jersey, to Raymond and Janice Sis. The fourth of five children, Msgr. Sis grew up in Bryan.
For Bishop Abdallah Elias Zaidan, MLM, newly ordained eparch of the Maronite Eparchy of Our Lady of Lebanon based out of St. Louis, and Bishop Paul-Marwan Tabet, MLM, eparch of the Maronite Eparchy of St. Maron of Montreal, the Dec. 1 Mass at Our Lady of Lebanon Parish was a homecoming. Both bishops were instrumental in establishing the parish in the early 1990s when they were parish priests. The liturgy capped off a weekend of Thanksgiving activities that included a mortgage burning by parishioners. They were joined by Dallas Auxiliary Bishop Douglas Deshotel for the Mass honoring Mary’s Visitation to Elizabeth.
Dr. John Jackson, the physicist who led a 40-person team of international scientists to examine the Shroud of Turin in 1978, addressed a crowd of more than 1,000 at St. Maria Goretti Parish in Arlington Nov. 23. Jackson and his research team were granted access to the cloth and conducted exhaustive examinations. Now as director of the Turin Shroud Center of Colorado, Jackson is dedicated to continuing research on the Shroud, publishing his findings, and educating the public on scientific data and forensic evidence about the cloth. The Church has not authenticated the Shroud.
As St. Elizabeth Ann Seton youth minister Gabe Gutiérrez started gaining more experience in the world of youth ministry, he began witnessing a trend: Many of his youth were becoming young adults. And Gutiérrez, now in his 10th year as a minister, began realizing the need to keep informing and preparing them “so they can ultimately go to Heaven.” So earlier this year, when Father John Riccardo’s EWTN show introduced him to the idea of putting together a Theology of the Body retreat aimed at young adults, and when Nashville Dominican Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a 17-year theology professor at Aquinas College, called him a few days later about possibly letting her offer a TOB talk, he knew what he had to do.
Father Christopher Stainbrook still remembers the trepidation his parishioners felt when St. Timothy, an Anglican congregation, decided to join the Catholic Church as part of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. “People were unsure and feared leaving the familiar for the unknown,” the pastor explains. Monsignor Michael F. Olson, who instructed parish members on the Sacrament of Confirmation, eased their anxiety. “He made a whole room full of people feel relaxed and welcomed,” Fr. Stainbrook recalls. “My parishioners are going to be very happy that he’s their new bishop. He’s a teacher — a real people person.”