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Bishop Wm. Michael Mulvey's Vision for the Centennial Jubilee

As we celebrate the past 100 years of the Diocese, it is my hope that we can become more aware, as the People of God in this area, that the faith we have is rooted in the sacrifices and faith of many people--clergy, religious and laity. What we have today is a gift of God's grace built on the faithful response of many others over the past 100 years. We should be able to meet as many of these "saints" through pictures and stories.
 
Our celebration will bring a spiritual renewal to our parishes and parish life. I would hope that this spiritual renewal will be based on a serious embrace of the Word of God and that our priests and deacons will become more diligent in proclaiming the Gospel in a way that will both transform lives and give all of us new meaning for our daily lives in a very confused world. All the parishes of the diocese must know that they are part of the Diocese of Corpus Christi and an integral part of the universal Church.
 
New attention to the celebration of the Sacraments and especially the Eucharist should be a goal to be achieved during the Centennial Jubilee. Special emphasis will be given to the new Roman Missal and a devout and dedicated implementation of the new liturgy. We will also pay attention to the music provided at the liturgy; that it expresses what we are celebrating. In this regard we will provide a vehicle to reach parishes in the rural parts of the diocese to assist them in the renewal of the liturgy.
 
Through such a spiritual renewal (word and sacrament) we will see all our parishes become a "Home and School of Communion" (NMI #43) so that Jesus Christ will be the reason we gather and minister to one another. This unity and communion rediscovered in each parish will be the perfect source of authentic evangelization in the neighborhoods surrounding our parishes. "By this they will know you are my disciples, your love for one another." This is the spirit that will draw all to Christ and to the Church.
 
Special attention will be given to families, youth and young adults throughout the year. While not in any way neglecting all vocations and age groups among us, we must be aware that these in particular are vulnerable to the false notions offered by our society.
 
A focused attention and effort to increase vocations to the priesthood and religious life will also be part of the Centennial Jubilee.
 
This ambitious vision will not come easy and will not be accomplished in a year's time; however these will most certainly give us the impetus to work for the initiation of the next one hundred years.

Members of Centennial Jubilee Executive Committee
 
Most Rev. Wm. Michael Mulvety STL, DD
Bishop of the Diocese of Corpus Christi
Rev. Msgr. Michael Heras
Episcopal Vicar of the Centennial Jubille
Rev. Msgr. Louis Kihneman III
Vicar General
Very Rev. Joseph Lopez
Chancellor, Vocation Director
Msgr. Roger Smith
Pastor, St. Patrick Parish
Msgr. Michael Howell
Pastor, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish
Very Rev. Emilio Jimenez
Vicar of Priests
Rev. Patrick Donohoe
Pastor, Holy Family Parish, Corpus Christi
Sister Michelle Marie Kuntscher, IWBS

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