Hello! This may be our first meeting, and I’d like to tell you a bit about myself, and why a Bishop would be starting a blog at this point in my career. God has blessed me with a wide range of interests, strong opinions, and a love for conversation. This modern vehicle enables me to utilize my desire for communication and at the same time, insert my views into many problems that beset both the Church and the larger society.
I have been a priest since 1956, and became the Bishop of Austin in 1985. Now, I’ve been retired from that post for ten years, and am happy to have the opportunity to communicate with you. For me, retirement means not having to run a diocese, but I am still deeply involved with St. Edwards University, Seton Medical Center, and many secular organizations in Central Texas. Needless to say, I help out frequently for Mass and the Sacraments in local parishes. Once a priest, always a priest!