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Gerry Kelly, M.M., 1935-2021

The Texas mission Council has lost one of its leaders mentors. Maryknoll Father Gerry Kelly died on March 7, 2021 in Houston on. He was 85 years old and had been a priest for 53 years.

Gerry was ordained a priest in 1967 and assigned to Chile. He accompanied the Mapuche people for 10 years developing Basic Christian Communities and training Animators of the Faith to lead them.

From there, Gerry moved to St. Michael's Parish in Talcahunao, Chile. A bedroom community for workers in the steel plants and fishing industry, he developed family catechetical and youth programs in the community as well as Basic Christian Communities. 

In 2002, Gerry was assigned to Maryknoll's Houston development house and remained there until his passing. Among many other activities, he gave leadership to a number of local mission groups, and he led young people on trips to the US-Mexico Border. His energy was legendary. 

Father Gerry a leader and animator in the Texas Mission Council. He served as a board member and chair for many years.

We had another great Texas Mission Conference 

Dr. Don McCrabb of the US Catholic Mission Association and Jack Jezreel told us about parishes active in mission and the attitudes necessary to create them. Videos of the Conference can be found here.

Lifelong Servant

It’s in her blood. Service to others, that is. Clementine Urista has spent her life in service through her parish and now as chair of the Texas Mission Council.

A lifelong resident of San Angelo and an active mem-ber of the Cathedral  Heart, where she was baptized,  Clementine has been part of the Hermanamiento (Partnership) since its founding.

The Hermanamiento began as a response to the devastation in Honduras after Hurricane Mitch in 1998. At the time, the dioceses of Texas were matched with the dioceses of Honduras. The dioceses of San Angelo and Tyler, Texas, partnered with the diocese of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and now with the Diocese of La Ceiba as well. Read more. . .