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Galveston Seafarers Center honorned the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese at annual gala fundraiser
by Ruth Ann Ruiz
Sunday, August 13, 2017

The Galveston Seafarers Center held its annual gala fundraiser on Saturday at the Hotel Galvez, honoring the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston for the faithful and generous support it gives the Center.

During the festive evening, supporters of the Seafarers Center enjoyed visiting with dignitaries representing the Archdiocese and The Vatican.

Long-time chaplain for the maritime industry, Karen Parsons, introduced His Eminence Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, who made remarks.  International Coordinator for the Apostleship of the Sea, Father Bruno Ciceri, read a statement from the Vatican.

Executive Director Natalie Clarke highlighted accomplishments of the past year and Incoming President Susan Meads-Leahy spoke enthusiastically of goals for the coming year.

Mark Ciavaglia acted as emcee. Texas Senator Larry Taylor sent his regrets for not being able to attend due to his duties at the state capital.

Learn more about the work of the Galveston Seafarers Center at

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