The Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament first came to the Diocese of Galveston-Houston in 1987. It began its mission on the original liturgical feast day of Saint Peter Julian Eymard, August 1. The parish and Blessed Sacrament Community quickly fell in love with a mutually excellent relationship of hospitality, ministry, and care. That same spirit continues today as the current team of Thomas Smithson SSS (Pastor) and Ravi Earnest Sebastian SSS (Chaplain Corp) continue to serve here and our growing lay associates in the area. My visit began with a warm welcome by one of our associates, Laura Edstrom picking me up in a very humid 80 degrees! After a great night’s sleep, Tom Smithson and I made a pastoral visit to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston offices at Cathedral Square to visit with Rev. Tom Rafferty, the Vicar for Clergy and Religious. Tom and I served together in the deanery when we were both pastors of the area, so it was nice to catch up with him, hear about the pastoral planning going on in the Archdiocese (the area was elevated to an Archdiocese in 2001), and share the hopes we have with new religious coming to serve, especially with Christian Christopher coming from Sri Lanka to serve in the Chaplain Corps for the hospitals once his expedited VISA is approved. We were made aware of other openings in the Archdiocese, and there are currently 400 priests serving in the archdiocese, half being religious.
Pictured at table are [L-R] Father Smithson, Pastoral Associate Christi Ayo, and former religious Joseph Patrick, the Music and Liturgy Minister