My Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Cardinal DiNardo has asked me to accept the appointment as pastor of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Houston, effective July 1. The new Administrator of St. Theresa’s will be Fr. Eurel Manzano, presently priest-secretary to the Cardinal. St. Elizabeth’s is the largest parish in the Archdiocese, with more than 11,000 families, and twelve weekend Masses in four languages. There is a large school as well.
It has been my joy and privilege to serve this parish for nearly fourteen years. I am reassured that Fr. Manzano will provide continuity for the liturgical-musical tradition of our parish, which Cardinal DiNardo appreciates and wants to preserve. Your new pastor will also be fully committed to our young school.
My last Sunday will be June 21. Sometime that evening, there will be a simple reception with the opportunity for us to bid farewell to one another.
Let us keep one another in prayer during this time of transition.
Sincerely Yours in the Lord,
Fr. Stephen B. Reynolds