The Re-Dedication and Re-Opening (May 25, 2014) of St. Mary Cathedral Basilica is a time of great joy and much festive celebration for the Catholic Community of Galveston/Bolivar, of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, and of the entire State of Texas. We are happy and grateful that our ecumenical, interfaith, and civic friends who share our appreciation of spirituality, history, legacy, and architecture share our joy and festivity.
The founders of the new St. Mary Cathedral over 150 years ago found in their new spiritual home a source of re-invigoration of faith and prayer, of growth in hope in the life of God among them, and of renewed commitment to their life of charity toward all. My prayer is that all of the Catholic people of Galveston/Bolivar, of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, and of the entire State of Texas experience a similar re-invigoration as did the original founders so long ago. This is our “Mother Church“ and we ask our Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary, for her intercession, inspiration, and prayerful guidance of our future Catholic Christian life. This Cathedral, as a Minor Basilica, helps us to assimilate into our faith lives even more deeply that we, the living stones of the Church, are bigger than ourselves, that we are joined with our Holy Father, our Cardinal Archbishop, and brothers and sisters around the whole world as one church offering continual praise and thanksgiving to God in communion with all the saints, and committed to reflect the life of Jesus in all of our daily lives.