Pope Names Alumnus Sheltz as Auxiliary Bishop of Galveston-Houston

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Pope Names Alumnus Sheltz as Auxiliary Bishop of Galveston-Houston

UST alumnus Monsignor George A. Sheltz ’71Pope Benedict XVI has named UST alumnus Monsignor George A. Sheltz ’71, as the new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston, introduced Bishop-elect Sheltz at a press conference on Feb. 21 at the Archdiocesan Chancery in Downtown Houston.

The Archdiocese has been waiting for some time for the appointment of an auxiliary bishop to assist Cardinal DiNardo in shepherding 1.2 million Catholics in 10 counties. The Archdiocese has been without an auxiliary bishop since March 2010.

George Arthur Sheltz was born and raised in Houston. The second oldest child of George and Margaret Sheltz’ two sons and one daughter, Bishop-elect Sheltz was educated at Annunciation Catholic School and St. Thomas High School. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas and St. Mary’s Seminary with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and a Master of Theology in 1971.

The same year, he was ordained a priest for the then-Diocese of Galveston-Houston. Bishop-elect Sheltz spent 36 of his 40-plus years as a parish priest at Catholic churches around the Archdiocese: Assumption, Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral, St. Vincent de Paul, Christ the Redeemer, Prince of Peace and St. Anthony of Padua parishes.

In 2007, he was named Director of Clergy Formation and Chaplaincy Services for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Since 2010, Bishop-elect Sheltz has been the Archdiocese’s Vicar General and Chancellor, overseeing the administrative operations of the largest diocese in Texas and the 12th largest diocese in the United States.

“I am deeply humbled and honored that Pope Benedict XVI has named me an auxiliary bishop today,” Bishop-elect Sheltz said. “This Archdiocese has been my home my entire life and it is a joy and privilege to pledge my continued service to the wonderful people of Galveston-Houston who have been my brothers and sisters in faith these many years. I also pledge my fidelity and communion with the Holy Father. I am deeply grateful for his expression of confidence in me.”

Bishop-elect Sheltz comes from a family of Houston vocations. His father, Deacon George Sheltz Sr., was in the first class of permanent deacons ordained for the diocese in 1972. Bishop-elect Sheltz’ late brother, Anton Sheltz, was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Galveston-Houston in 1976. Bishop-elect Sheltz’ uncle, Monsignor Anton Frank, was the first native Houstonian to be ordained for the diocese in 1933.

“Bishop-elect Sheltz represents the long history of local priests who have given their lives in selfless service to the Lord,” Cardinal DiNardo said. “I look forward to working with him as my chief collaborator in this growing, diverse Archdiocese.”

Bishop-elect Sheltz will be ordained a bishop in late April at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. The papal appointment also names Bishop-elect Sheltz as Titular Bishop of Irina.

For photos and a video about Bishop-elect Sheltz, visit the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston website:  www.archgh.org/Bishop-Sheltz.

Story courtesy of Jenny Faber, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

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