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Galveston Seafarers Center Gala honoring the Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
By Karen M. Parsons, OFS
Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Dear Editor, 

Galveston Seafarers Center GalaThe Port of Galveston has not only been a great source of employment and a strength in the Galveston economy for nearly two centuries but it has also been a place of grace, blessing, and service by the Church. 

On August 12, 2017 the Galveston Seafarers Center will honor the Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for 178 years of ministry on the Galveston docks at our annual Gala.   Archives at the Archdiocese show the earliest priests assigned to the island in 1839 also ministered to the seafarers aboard the ships coming into port.  The ministry continued throughout the years joining with ecumenical partners to eventually form the Untied Ministry to the Port of Galveston, Inc. aka the Galveston Seafarers Center in the mid 1970s.    

The Apostleship of the Sea (AOS), the Catholic Church’s official ministry to the People of the Sea, was established in 1920 by the Vatican.  Today there are AOS chaplains all over the world.  Here in our Archdiocese there are four full time port chaplains:  three in Houston and LaPorte and one in Galveston and Texas City.   I have been the port chaplain here in Galveston and Texas City for 25 years now. I also care for the fishers and shrimpers in Kemah, San Leon, Dickinson, Texas City, Galveston, and Bolivar. 

We will celebrate the Archdiocese of Galveston Houston at our annual Gala and invite all who wish to honor them with us to attend.  Daniel Cardinal DiNardo will be in attendance as well as Bishop Brendan Cahill from Victoria, who is the AOS Bishop for the United States.  We will also have Fr. Bruno Ciceri from the Apostleship of the Sea office in the Vatican as our guest.    

For more information on table and ticket prices please call the Galveston Seafarers Center at 409-762-0026 or email us at Thank you for your support! 

Karen M Parsons OFS, Port Chaplain


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