May 14, 2019

Catholic Diocese of Brownsville

Weekly Update


May 14, 2019

Orientation for Lay Ecclesial Ministry
Formation May 25

There will be an Orientation for those interested in
starting the two-year diocesan lay ecclesial ministry formation program in the
Fall. The Orientation will take place on Saturday, May 25 at 9 a.m. in English
and at 10:30 a.m. in Spanish.

The Orientations will take place at the Bishop Marx
Conference Center, located at the San Juan Pastoral Center (700 N. Virgen de
San Juan Blvd). For more information, please contact Claudia Zapata
(Facilitator) at 956-784-5059 or email:

“Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord expresses the
bishops’ strong desire for the fruitful collaboration of ordained and lay
ministers who, in distinct but complementary ways, continue in the Church the
saving mission of Christ for the world, his vineyard.”

(“Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for
Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry from the United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2005, 2015)

‘Life Matters’: Annual Pro-Life
Conference June 15

The Annual Pro-Life Conference “Life Matters” is set for from
9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 15 at Sacred Heart Church in McAllen. This year will have a
special focus on the Church’s teaching on Pro-Life Issues and also on the
Encyclical of Paul VI, “Humanae Vitae,” and Natural Family Planning. The
registration cost is $10 and includes a Pro-Life T-Shirt.

Those attending can learn:

  • What it means to be Pro-Life
  • What the Church teaches about the sanctity of
  • How you can participate in the local Pro-Life

Other highlights:

  • Bishop Daniel E. Flores is the keynote speaker and
    will be giving his perspective on the Current Pro-Life Movement in the Valley.
  • Diocesan Pro-Life Director Father Derlis Garcia will
    present the Church’s position on Pro-Life Issues and give a brief summary of
    all that it encompasses.
  • Guest speaker Lydia Mendez will speak about
    Natural Family Planning and Humanae Vitae.
  • Women who have found healing after abortion
    through Rachel’s Vineyard will present their testimony.
  • A panel of couples who practice NFP will present
    their perspectives and challenges.

Please help promote this event by sharing the details with
your friends and placing notice in your parish bulletins. Sacred Heart Church
is located at 306 S. 15th St. in downtown McAllen. Register online at For more
information, please contact the Pro-Life office at (956) 784-5035 or send an
email to

Register Now for Fourth Annual Youth Stewardship

The Stewardship & Development Office is now taking
registrations, on a first-come, first-served basis, for the upcoming FREE event
for your parish’s youth ages 12-16.  Set
for June 29, this event is our fourth annual Stewardship Retreat, and for the
first time, this year is open to both boys and girls. Registration must be sent
back signed by a parent or legal guardian. Also, we invite 10 adult chaperones,
duly vetted through the diocesan Safe Environment protocol, to join us for this
day of stewardship fun and learning.  For
registration or more information, please contact Jesse Salinas of the
Stewardship & Development Office at (956) 784-5095.

Divine Mercy Pilgrimage to Eastern
Europe This Summer

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 July 8-18. 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 .

Job Openings – Diocese

  • Secretary
    for the Lay Ministry Institute (full-time) –
    The Diocese of Brownsville is
    currently accepting employment applications for a full- time secretary for the Juan
    Diego Lay Ministry Institute. This person will direct and perform all
    responsibilities of the office, compile general information, statistics and
    surveys, print and distribute surveys and perform other administrative duties
    as necessary.

Partial list of duties:

  • performing secretarial/technical support duties for the
    office at the Institute in San Juan;
  • receiving and placing phone calls; scheduling
  • preparing correspondence and processing mail;
  • maintaining and scheduling the use of classrooms
    facilities for the Institute and used by other departments;
  • greeting visitors and making them feel welcome;
  • preparing bulk mailings; office record keeping and
  • maintaining petty cash fund and records and preparing
  • opening and closing the office;
  • coordinating volunteer programs and scheduling of

Interested qualified candidates
should contact Claudia Zapata (Facilitator at the Institute) at or Genie Treviño, Human Resources,

  • Multi-parish
    Bookkeeper (full-time) –
    The Diocese of Brownsville is accepting employment
    applications for a full-time multi-parish bookkeeper for the Upper Valley.

B.A. in business administration with major in
accounting required with a minimum one or more years’ experience in accounting
profession preferred; or AA degree in business and/or accounting with a minimum
of five years’ experience. Requirements include strong language, mathematical
and reasoning skills, plus demonstrated competence in computer software; please
contact Human Resources for a comprehensive list of essential duties and
responsibilities. Interested qualified candidates should contact Genie Treviño,
director of Human Resources, at   

  • Tribunal
    Advocate Coordinator (part-time)
    – The Diocese of Brownsville is accepting
    employment applications for a part-time Tribunal Advocate Coordinator. The
    primary role of this position is to coordinate, assist and oversee all Parish
    and Diocesan Advocates, who represent the Petitioner or the Respondent in
    formal nullity cases assigned. Tribunal Advocate will prepare written briefs
    for all cases that will be presented to the Diocesan Tribunal Court.

Partial list of requirements:

  • At least three years’ experience in Tribunal work or
  • Ability to maintain the highest degree of
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Ability to read and write in Spanish.
  • Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Interested qualified candidates should contact Genie
Treviño, director of Human Resources, at (956) 550-1545 or

  • Assistant
    Campus Ministry Coordinator (part-time) –
    The Diocese of Brownsville is
    accepting employment applications for a part-time (20 hours) assistant campus
    ministry coordinator for the Newman Center in Brownsville.  The role of this position is to collaborate
    with the Campus Ministry Coordinator in designing and facilitating prayer
    activities, study groups, retreats, service projects, and fellowship
    opportunities relevant to the needs of the students and diocese, while
    fostering an environment for shared leadership.

Partial list of requirements:

  • Two or more years of relevant experience in Catholic
    ministry with youth and young adults.
  • High school graduate or equivalent with some college.
  • Committed to the teachings of the Catholic faith and
    willingness to grow.
  • Musical proficiency highly preferred but not required.
  • Reliability and trustworthiness; ability to maintain
    utmost confidentiality. Strong timekeeping and organizational skills required.
  • Ability to organize office work, meet objectives and
    deadlines, handle budget

responsibly and in an organized
and timely fashion, reflecting proper stewardship of resources.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in English and
  • Hold Protecting God’s Children current and be willing
    to serve as trainer.
  • Proficient with technology and use electronic media
    outreach in accordance with diocesan social media policy: Internet, MS Office,
    and similar

Interested qualified candidates should contact Genie
Treviño, director of Human Resources, at (956) 550-1545 or, or Raul Cabrera,
director of Campus and Young Adult Ministry, at (956) 784-4045.

  • 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:

    • providing
      continuing education and resources to clergy, sponsor couples, and engaged
      encounter presenting couples to enhance marriage preparation;
    • consulting
      regularly with parish staff responsible for marriage preparation;
    • presenting
      and/or coordinating diocesan marriage preparation and marriage enrichment programs;
    • assisting
      pastors to strengthen their ministry in the areas of marriage; preparation,
      marriage enrichment, ministry to troubled marriages, marriage education, and
    • 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;
    • 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

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

  • Religious
    Outreach Coordinator (part-time)
    – St. Benedict Parish in San Benito is
    accepting applications for a part-time (25 hours a week) CRE or DRE.

The Religious Coordinator is a
parish minister who provides leadership in the design and implementation of
catechetical programs for adults, youth and children to assist in building a
solid foundation for adult spirituality, Christian living, ministry and

Job elements:

  • Articulates vision within the parish community;
  • plans curriculum;
  • recruits and forms catechists;
  • administers programs;
  • pursues professional development;
  • supervises all personnel involved with catechesis
    including catechists, assistant catechists, coordinators, clerks and

QUALIFICATIONS: The Religious Education Coordinator is expected to
have capabilities in: Theology, Program Development, Catechist Development,
Education, Communication and Relationship, Administration and Management.

The Coordinator of Religious
Education is expected to have a minimum of three years teaching experience in a
Catholic school or equivalent and at least one year of paid administrative
experience. If not currently certified, a commitment to complete certification
is required.

Interested qualified candidates
should contact St. Benedict’s parish office at (956) 626-1260.


Job Openings – Catholic Schools

Opening at Guadalupe
Regional Middle School

  • Middle
    School Mathematics Teacher
    Guadalupe Regional Middle School (GRMS), a unique and dynamic middle
    school, is actively seeking a highly skilled, passionate, educator to serve as
    Mathematics teacher for the 2019-2020 school year.

The teacher reports to the
principal and is responsible for the creation of classroom curriculum, the
delivery of instruction, and the evaluation of students. The school currently
enrolls approximately 80 students with a maximum school size of 90 students. Individual
class sizes range from 15-25 students. The Mathematics class is held daily, is
45 minutes long, and there would be three preparations for the three grade
levels served. The full-time math teacher would instruct five sections of
classes, with two planning/conference periods, and assigned supervision of
students. Work schedule is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Required Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in content
area, or bachelor’s degree with 18 credit hours in content

area taught, or bachelor’s degree
with state teacher certification

• 12 hours in education courses, or
a valid, appropriate state certificate

• Technology proficiency (word
processing, spreadsheets, email, internet use, etc.)

Preferred Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in education

• State teacher

• Experience working with
economically at-risk youth

• Experience working with English
Language Learners (ELL)

• Strong classroom management
techniques, and student-centered lessons

• Exceptional verbal and written
communication skills

• Bilingual-Spanish speaking

• Master’s degree or pursuing a
master’s degree in education or related content field

As part of the NativityMiguel
Coalition of Schools (,

GRMS is tuition-free and serves
students from low and modest income families in grades six,

seven, and eight. Founded in 2002,
GRMS ( is fully accredited by the Texas Catholic
Conference Education Department (TCCED) and founded by the Congregation of
Christian Brothers, Marist Brothers of the Schools, and the Sisters of the
Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament.

If you would like to be considered
for this unique opportunity and believe your skills,

background and qualifications are
a good match, please submit a detailed résumé, copy of your transcripts
(unofficial or official), and a list of references with contact information:

Dr. Virginia G. Miller, Principal

Guadalupe Regional Middle School
1214 E. Lincoln St.

Brownsville, TX 78521



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

– 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

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
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Custodian
  • Bus

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.