March 12, 2019

Catholic Diocese of Brownsville
Weekly Update


Chancellor’s Office Announces Appointments/Changes
Effective Feb. 21, 2019
• Rev. Oscar Ortega-Mancha appointed Parish Administrator of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Rio Grande City (La Puerta). Retaining current assignment as Parochial Vicar of Immaculate Conception Parish in Rio Grande City and continuing to be In-Residence at Immaculate Conception.

Effective Feb. 25, 2019
• Rev. Daniel H. Oyama appointed Parochial Vicar of Immaculate Conception Parish in Rio Grande City. Relieved as Chaplain of the Hospital Ministry and In-Residence at Holy Spirit Parish in McAllen.

Effective March 1, 2019
• Deacon Francisco R. Flores appointed to the diaconal service at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine in San Juan. Relieved of diaconal service at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Mission and as Spiritual Director of Legion of Mary-Rio Grande Valley Comitium.

Effective March 5, 2019
• Msgr. Heberto M. Diaz Jr. appointed Temporary Parish Administrator of Christ the King Parish in Brownsville. Retaining all current assignments.
• Rev. Salvador Ramirez relieved as Pastor of Christ the King Parish in Brownsville.

Effective March 6, 2019
• Deacon Crawford A. Higgins appointed to diaconal service at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in McAllen. Relieved of diaconal service at Holy Spirit Parish in McAllen.
• Deacon Francisco C. Rugama appointed to diaconal service at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish in Pharr. Relieved of diaconal service at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Mission and of Pastoral Assignment at Willacy County State Jail in Raymondville.

Advocacy Day 2019
Join fellow Texas Catholics at the Capitol in Austin to promote life, dignity and the common good on March 26.

Catholics from across the Lone Star State will unite for the Texas Catholic Conference’s 2019 Faith In Action Advocacy Day. The bi-annual rally is hosted by the Texas bishops to promote the Church’s values of Life, Justice, Charity and Religious Freedom to members of the 86th Texas Legislature.

The bishops and event participants will address a broad range of diverse issues including:
• Life and Family Life
• Immigration
• Restorative Justice
• Education
• Healthcare
• Social Concerns
• Religious Liberty
• Creation

An information meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, March 21, at Catholic Charities Office in Brownsville (955 W. Price Road in Brownsville, and at 10 a.m. Friday, March 22 in the San Anselmo Room at the Pastoral Center in San Juan. For more information, contact Michelle Nuñez or Yesenia Guzman (956)702-4088. If you would like to register, please do so online at

7th Annual Diocesan Stewardship Conference April 4-6, 2019

“Whose feet have you washed today?” 1 Timothy 5:10

Attention Pastors, Parochial Vicars, Chaplains, Parish Staff and Volunteers! The 7th Annual Diocesan Stewardship Conference will take place Thursday, April 4 through Saturday, April 6 at the Pastoral Center in San Juan. The Stewardship and Development Office invites you to partake of two and a half days of learning, sharing and growing in the practice of stewardship as a way of life. This year’s conference will challenge us to find practical ways of service to our neighbor following the example of Christ, who humbled Himself to wash the feet of His disciples.

Bishop Daniel E. Flores will keynote the event and other dynamic speakers will address the conference on topics of parish, ministry and personal development with stewardship as a common thread. The conference is free of charge and includes breakfast, lunch and refreshments, study materials and registration packet. Arrangements for lodging at the Basilica Hotel can be made if requested in advance. Call the Stewardship and Development Office at (956) 784-5095 for details.

Special Fish Fry: Lenten Lunch at the Basilica Café
The Basilica Café in San Juan will be selling tickets for fish fry plates starting on Ash Wednesday and every Friday during the Lenten season. Tickets are $8 per plate and include one large breaded Basa fish fillet, French fries, coleslaw, Texas toast and a can of soda.

Serving time is 11 a.m.-3 p.m.Dine-in, drive-thru and carry-out are all available. Tickets are available at the Basilica Gift shop, Information Office and the Basilica Cafe.

Peregrinación a la Tierra Santa el Mes de Marzo
Parroquia de la iglesia de Nuestro Padre Celestial, Olmito, ofrece una invitación a toda l a diócesis a aquellos que desean ir a una peregrinación a la tierra santa el mes de marzo 11-20. Contactarse con Claudio (956) 651-0361 o Gabriela (956) 624-1024.

David Kauffman Presents: A Lenten Mission Night March 21
Prolific artist David Kauffman will present a Lenten Mission Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at St. Theresa Parish in San Benito.

Kauffman is a songwriter and recording artist, screenwriter and movie producer, and husband and father who has written many songs for ACTS retreats and whose works touch and inspire people worldwide. His creations are described as “good for the soul,” and he is the founder of Good For The Soul Music, based in San Antonio. On March 21, he will present a night filled with song, story and reflection. Prepare to open your hearts and hear God’s word during this special Lenten Mission Night. Bring your family and friends and sing along to favorites like Be Still and Behold. Please join us for this special night of song and story with reflections for the Lenten Season. Bring the family. All are welcome!

A Love Offering will be accepted to benefit David Kauffman Ministry.

Please visit the Facebook Event Page at:

For more information, please contact Norma Castillo or Angelica Corona at St. Theresa Parish Office at (956) 399-3247 or email at

Lord, I Want to Walk With You – A Day of Spiritual Renewal
A day of spiritual renewal for those seeking to follow Jesus is set for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 13 at the Benedictine Monastery of the Good Shepherd in Rio Grande City. All are invited and RCIA or sacramental preparation and their sponsors are strongly urged to attend. Presented by the Benedictine Retreat Team, the retreat includes conferences and lunch; there will be an English and a Spanish track. To register, call (956) 486-2680 or email; cost is $25. Registration deadline is April 8. The monastery is at 705 Monastery Lane in Rio Grande City.

Pilgrimage to Spain, Portugal and France
Father Luis F. Sánchez and St. Pius X in Weslaco are organizing an 11-day pilgrimage from April 22 through May 2. The pilgrimage will begin at Fatima, Portugal followed by stops in Santiago de Compostela, Lourdes, and Barcelona. The total cost for the trip, includes roundtrip air fare, hotel, tour bus, and two daily meals, is $3,890. Father Luis F. Sánchez will serve as Spiritual Director. Those interested in this pilgrimage should call the parish office at (956) 968-7471 or email for more information.

Divine Mercy Pilgrimage to Eastern Europe Set for Late Spring
St. Therese of Lisieux Parish in San Benito, under the spiritual direction of Father Joe Villalón, is organizing a pilgrimage to five countries in Eastern Europe from April 25-May 5. The pilgrimage includes round-trip airfare from McAllen and stops in Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, with daily Mass and observance of the Divine Mercy Feast Day. Highlights include following the footsteps of St. John Paul and visits to Our Lady of Czestochowa, Our Lady of Kalwaria, St. Vitus and St. Wenceslao, the Infant Jesus of Prague, Our Lady of Svata Hora and St. Istvan’s Cave Church.

Cost per person is $3,990 per person (double occupancy) and includes airfare, 4-star hotels, breakfast and dinner, and tour leader in English and Spanish. Reserve your space today. For more information, contact Father Joe Villalón at (956) 399-3247 or, or Transcending Tours LLC of McAllen at (956) 651-0361 or

National Retirement Fund for Religious (RFR) Collection
Donations from the Retirement Fund for Religious collection Dec. 8-9, 2018 should be sent to the Diocese of Brownsville accounting office so they can be forwarded to the RFR office for processing and acknowledgement. Funds for the collection are due at the national office by March 31.

Job Openings – Diocese
Associate Director, Pro-Life Office (part-time) – The Diocese of Brownsville is accepting employment applications for a part-time (20 hours) associate director for the new Pro-Life Office. This person, along with the Office Director, will be in charge of implementing the yearly plan of the pro-life office of the Diocese of Brownsville with objectives of raising awareness of pro-life issues in the entire diocese by organizing regional and diocesan-wide activities such as conferences, seminars, rallies, processions, etc. The pro-life associate director will be in charge of helping start and give support to pro-life groups in parishes and schools and will work to put together a bureau of volunteer pro-life speakers to give presentations to schools, confirmation classes and parish communities. Interested qualified candidates should contact Genie Treviño, director of Human Resources, at (956) 550-1545 or
• Chaplain (full-time) – The Diocese of Brownsville is accepting employment applications for a full-time chaplain for the Upper Valley. The Chaplain is responsible for providing pastoral care to the Catholic patients and staff of the assigned hospitals. Primary concerns are the critically ill or dying patients and their families. The Chaplain provides or arranges for the administration of the sacraments as appropriate and provides coordination by means of a program or system for around-the-clock coverage of emergency calls. Is available to those in need of spiritual counseling and guidance.
Interested qualified candidates should contact Genie Treviño, director of Human Resources, at (956) 550-1545 or

• Associate Director, Family Life Office (full-time) – The Diocese of Brownsville is accepting employment applications for a full-time associate director for the Family Life Office in San Juan. Presents and/or coordinates workshops to train parish couples for marriage preparation and marriage enrichment ministry. This position’s duties include:
o providing continuing education and resources to clergy, sponsor couples, and engaged encounter presenting couples to enhance marriage preparation;
o consulting regularly with parish staff responsible for marriage preparation;
o presenting and/or coordinating diocesan marriage preparation and marriage enrichment programs;
o assisting pastors to strengthen their ministry in the areas of marriage; preparation, marriage enrichment, ministry to troubled marriages, marriage education, and parenting;
o presenting and/or coordinating Family Ministry programs for all stages of Family Life Cycle: Engaged; Newly Married; Families with School-Aged Children: Adolescent Stage Families; Boomerang Families; Empty Nesters;
o collaborating with other Diocesan Formation Departments in providing/ presenting/coordinating Family Formation Programs.

Interested qualified candidates should contact Genie Treviño, director of Human Resources, at (956) 550-1545 or and/or Lydia Pesina, director of the Family Life Office, at (956) 784-5052.

Intern – Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley – Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley has an opening for a Catholic Campaign For Human Development Internship.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is the domestic anti-poverty social justice program of the United States Catholic Bishops. CCHD grants local anti-poverty efforts that are in close partnership with local Catholic dioceses an opportunity to improve their communities by supporting organizations led by low-income individuals. The CCHD internship position is an opportunity to gain experience working with and on behalf of the poor while learning more about social justice education, Catholic social teaching and poverty relief. Interns will have an opportunity to develop relationships with local community leaders and other CCHD interns across the United States.

We encourage those who have the following relevant areas of interest or study to apply: theology, communication, public service, sociology, social work, education, liberal arts, political science, and religious studies and more.

Please send resumes to Michelle Nuñez at

Job Openings – Parishes
• Director of Religious Education (part-time) – San Pedro. This is a part-time position under the direct supervision of the parochial administrator. Responsibilities include maintaining a comprehensive parish catechetical program for children, youth and adults in both Spanish and English. Please submit résumé by mail to P.O. Box 1658, Olmito, Texas 78575, or in person at the parish office at 7602 Old Military Hwy. in Brownsville.

Job Openings – Catholic Schools

Opening at Saint Joseph Academy in Brownsville
High School Math Teacher – to facilitate student learning and assessment, supervise students, guaranteeing their safety and compliance with school rules and policies, and participate in the ongoing development of the school’s program of studies.
– An understanding of the mission of SJA and the value of Catholic secondary education
– Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution of higher education
– Valid Secondary Education Certification
– Must have strong written and oral communication skills
– At least 5 years of teaching experience preferred

For more information or to apply, send your résumé, letter of interest, and references to:
Melissa Valadez, Principal
101 Saint Joseph Dr.
Brownsville, TX 78520

Opening at the Pharr Oratory of St. Philip Neri School System. Please submit resume and college degree transcript with application (
Middle School Science Teacher – classroom experienced and certified in content area.

Send all the information to Sylvia Diaz,, Fax: (956) 787-1516; phone: (956) 781-3056

Openings at Juan Diego Academy in Mission.
Juan Diego Academy is accepting teaching (full and/or part-time) applications for the 2019 – 2020 school year:

• Technology Applications/Technology Education
• Language Arts
• Mathematics
• Social Studies
• Science
• Athletic Director (full-time w/coaching responsibilities)
• Head Volleyball Coach and Head or Asst. Track
• Custodian
• Bus Driver

Master’s degree preferred (not required) / Dual Credit Teaching Assignments will be available.
SBEC Certification preferred (not required).
Retirees welcome.

Interested individuals should complete the Juan Diego Academy employment application:

1. Completed application.
2. College transcript(s).
3. Resume.
4. Three letters of recommendation.
5. Most recent summative evaluation.
6. Copy of service record(s).
7. Fingerprinting and criminal background check.

or to:
Gerald Lugaresi, Principal
Juan Diego Academy High School
P.O. Box 3888
Mission, TX 78573


Submit information to be included in the Weekly Update to Brenda Nettles Riojas, Director of Diocesan Relations, by e-mail at or by fax to (956) 784-5082.