Monday, March 8, 2010

Meet Bishop Joe

UPDATE - check out the profiles from the Austin American Statesman and Rocco.

Today, the diocese of Austin gets our new bishop, Bishop Joe Vasquez.  He will be installed at 3pm today at St. William in Round Rock, the biggest church in the diocese.  The installation will be lived streamed, starting at 3pm, on the internet and we have the link below. The Mass will also be streamed lived on the Internet on We will have our 52" tv set up in the student lounge to watch the installation here at St. Mary's.

A bit about Bishop Joe (yes, it is Joe and not Joseph).
Bishop Vásquez, 52, was ordained as a bishop in January 2002 and has served as Galveston-Houston’s auxiliary bishop since then. Since 2006, Bishop Vasquez has been the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston's Vicar General/Chancellor, overseeing the administrative operations of the largest diocese in Texas and the 11th largest diocese in the U.S. He has also served as Episcopal Vicar for Hispanics and he has been the Archdiocesan Liaison for Youth during his years in Galveston-Houston.

Bishop Vásquez was born July 9, 1957 in Stamford, Texas to Juan and Elvira Vásquez (deceased). He is the oldest child and has three brothers: Robert Vásquez, Samuel Vásquez (deceased) and James Vásquez and two sisters: Cynthia Martínez and Consuelo Elrod. He attended public schools in Stamford and Abilene and then studied theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston from 1976 to 1980. He attended the Gregorian University, North American College, in Rome from 1980 to 1985. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of San Angelo on June 30, 1984 by Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza.

In the Diocese of San Angelo he served as associate pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Odessa from 1985 to 1987; as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Fort Stockton from 1987 to 1997 and as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in San Angelo from 1997 to 2002.

Did I mention that Bishop Joe will be here at St. Mary's on Mar 22 at 7pm?

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