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- South Texas Catholic
May 18, 2001
Father Libby installed as administrator of St. Theresa
By Juan CArdenas
Father Richard Libby has been serving as administra
tor of Saint Theresa Parish
since March 16, and Bishop
Edmond Carmody formal-
ized the assignment during an
installation Mass held May 5 at
The bishop told the con-
gregation that down through
the ages of history in every
nation and every community
and in the most primitive of
tribes, there has always been
a spiritual leader. They have
had different titles such as
prophets, rabbis, curanderos
and rainmakers, but all have
been very important in their
“The person in your parish
that is your spiritual leader is
the priest,” he said. “The priest then is really the good
shepherd of the community. A good shepherd is to know
his people and to be known
by his people.
“The priest is called to be
forgiving, kind, the compas-
sionate person in the parish.
This evening as we install
Richard Libby as your spiri-
tual leader, we ask you to
pray for him.”
During the ceremony,
Bishop Carmody handed
Father Libby symbols of
his ministry, including a
chalice given to him by his
family, a set of keys, which
symbolizes spiritual author-
ity and keys to the kingdom
of heaven, and a stole, the
long narrow strip of cloth
worn by a priest when cel-
STC photos/Juan Cardenas
Bishop Edmond Carmody blesses Father
Richard Libby during his installation Mass
at St. Theresa.
St. Theresa Parish Council members (from left)
Josie Martinez, Dora Munoz, Yolanda Salomon,
Dolores McMorrow, chairperson, Dorothy
“Dotty” Harshberger witnessed the installation.
Father Libby extended his sincerest thanks to the
bishop for his presence there,
as well as to the parishioners
who had made him “feel wel-
come” since his arrival at the
church located at 1302 Lan-
tana Street in Corpus Christi.
“I am awed by the respon-
sibilities but excited for the
possibilities,” said the new
administrator. “I look around
at what this parish has to offer,
and I am excited about the
prospect of helping the parish
to grow and putting new pro-
grams into place.”
Among those present at
the Mass and the reception
were some of Father Libby’s
relatives from San Antonio,
including his mother, two
brothers and a sister.
A former student at the Holy Trinity Seminary in
Dallas and St. Charles Bor-
romeo Seminary in Phila-
delphia, Father Libby, 36,
was ordained June 5, 1999
by then Bishop Roberto
Gonzalez at the Corpus
He served as parochial
vicar at Saint Pius X Parish
from June 25, 1999 until
being assigned to Saint The-
resa Parish, which has 482
Father Libby said his new
assignment would include
a lot of day-to-day duties,
such as planning the liturgy,
which he didn’t have as a
Current, new projects discussed at May meeting
Current projects and new proposals were discussed
at the May 9 meeting of the Presbyteral Council, which
began with Morning Prayer in the Chancery Conference
The council, made up of the bishop and representative
priests from throughout the diocese, exists to formulate
concrete approaches to the pastoral needs of the diocese
by facilitating efforts between parishes, deaneries and
Father Roger Smith, pastor of St. Patrick Parish, chaired
the meeting, which is held the second Wednesday of each
After the minutes were ap-
proved from March and April
meetings, the eight deans gave
their reports, said Father Smith.
The involvement of the priests
during deanery Lenten Penance
services was acknowledged. They
then discussed topics which have been addressed at the
deanery meetings for clergy, parish staff and lay ministers
as well as future issues to be addressed at the meetings.
Among the activities on the deanery levels, the Corpus
Christi Westside deanery had a gathering for all the youth
ministers who shared ideas on youth ministry. The Corpus
Christi Southside deanery had a presentation on parish
grief ministry. The Alice deanery was planning to have a
Marian celebration. And Bishop Carmody had spoken at
the most recent Corpus Christi Central deanery meeting
on the topics of religious education and evangelization.
The priests of the Corpus Christi Westside deanery had
met and discussed sections of the new diocesan pastoral
manual, presented by Msgr. Daniel Flores.
Msgr. Flores, chancellor of the diocese, then gave re-
ports on two more additions to the pastoral manual—one
on the parish and one on the policy of alcohol and alcohol
sales on parish grounds.
Msgr. Flores gave an overview on the sections and
received feedback from the council and gave them the sec-
tions for further study.
Father Smith said Msgr. Flores reminded the council
of the study day for priests on May 24, which will feature
Father David Knight, who will present a parish evange-
lization program. The study day will be repeated on May
26 for deacons and lay ministers.
Father Glen Mullan, vocations director, gave a brief
presentation on seminarians and recruitment and Msgr.
Tom Meany, judicial vicar, gave a report on the Tribunal’s
Old business included a report from an ad hoc com-
mittee set up to investigate what
was being done in other dioceses
in regard to assessments on parish
building funds. After the research
is completed, the committee plans
to formulate a proposal based
on the policies of other dioceses.
One of the questions is if a parish
is raising funds for capital improvements or growth or
making payments on a loan to pay off such a project,
could that money be nontaxable by the diocese? There
is currently no policy regarding this matter, with agree-
ments being made on a parish by parish basis with the
Msgr. Tom McGettrick, pastor of St. Philip Parish and
diocesan vicar for priests, reported that the retired priests
had been receiving a monthly housing allowance of $500
from the retired priests fund, which caused them income
tax problems. If the allowance could come to them in
the form of a pension benefit in the future, it will not be
classified as taxable income.
In new business, the bishop proposed setting up an en-
dowment fund, called the Former Bishops’ Endowment
Fund. It would benefit areas of ministries which each of
the six former bishop’s supported. Father Smith said the
council endorsed the project and suggested some minor
changes to a brochure presented by
See COUNCIL, page 13
May 16 - Bishop’s Residence, Lunch with Honduras
Delegation, at 12:00 p.m.
May 16 - Corpus Christi Bayfront Auditorium, LYCEUM
- Christus Spohn Foundation Development
Benefiting Banquet, Prayer, 6:00 p.m.
May 17 - Taping of Our Shepherd’s View, Chancery
Conference Room, 1:30 p.m.
May 17 - Media Reception, Bishop’s Residence, 7:00 pm.
May 18 - Holy Family Parish, Confirmations, 7:00 p.m.
May 19 - CC Cathedral - Emmanuel Chapel,
Diaconate Installation 11:00 a.m.
May 19 - St. Philip the Apostle Parish,
Confirmations, 5:00 p.m.
May 20 - CC Catholic Center, St. Michael the Archangel
Latin Mass Community, Confirmations, 9:00 a.m.
May 20 - Christ the King Parish, Confirmations, 12:00 p.m.
May 20 - CC Cathedral, Mass, Boy Scouts Awards,
May 20 - Ss. Cyril & Methodius Parish,
Confirmations, 6:00 p.m.
May 22 - KMF - Board of Directors Meeting, 9:00 a.m.
May 23 - Our Lady of the Rosary, Confirmations, 7 p.m.
May 24 - Rockport, Sacred Heart School, Mass, and
Blessing of Monument for the Unborn, 8 a.m.
May 24 - CC Cathedral, St. Joseph’s Hall,
Clergy Study Day, 10:00 a.m.
May 24 - Most Precious Blood Parish, Meeting for
Engaged Encounter, 7:00 p.m.
May 26 - CC Cathedral, St. Joseph’s Hall, Deacons and
Lay Ministers Study Day, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
May 27 - CC Cathedral, Mass, Commissioning of Lay
Ministries 9:30 a.m. and Bishop’s Guild,
Mass at 12 p.m.
May 27 - Freer, St. Mary’s Parish, Mass, 6:00 p.m.
May 30 - Beeville, St. Joseph’s Parish, Confirmations, 7 p.m.
May 31 - Taping of Our Shepherd’s View, Chancery
Conference Room, 1:30 p.m.
May 31 - Most Precious Blood Parish, Graduation Mass for
8th graders for Bishop Garriga Middle School, 6 p.m.
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