Texas Mission Council

Gerry Kelly, M.M., 1935-2021

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

Father 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.

In 2002, Father Gerry was assigned to the Society's Houston development house and remained there until his passing. 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 was a founder of the Texas Mission Council. He was the Council’s first chair and continued to serve on the Council’s board.

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.

In Gratitude

Many thanks to the dioceses that made cash donations to the Texas Mission Council.

Archdiocese of San Antonio

Diocese of Austin

Diocese of Fort Worth

Diocese of San Angelo

Diocese of Victoria

They were a  Tremendous help in putting together this great Conference. We are grateful for our missionary bishops.