Bishop Burns Letter regarding list of "accused" priests
LETTER FROM BISHOP BURNS REGARDING THE LIST OF ALL PRIESTS WITH CREDIBLE ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINORS SINCE 1950
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
These have been very difficult days within the Church and the Diocese of Dallas. In October, the Diocese held a special Ceremony of Sorrow, a prayer service to express shame and deep remorse over the egregious sexual misconduct committed by some within the Church. Since that time, I have continued to pray for guidance, met personally with victims of abuse, held public listening sessions, worked with our Diocesan Review Board and our Victims Assistance Coordinator, and taken other steps to begin what I believe can be a process of healing and repentance.
Today, I am following through on a commitment I made in October to provide the names of those priests who have been the subject of a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor in the Diocese during the period from 1950 to the present. A “credible allegation” is one that, after review of reasonably available, relevant information in consultation with the Diocesan Review Board or other professionals, there is reason to believe is true.
The process to compile this list began with an outside group of former state and federal law enforcement officers that reviewed the files of the 2,424 priests who have served in this diocese since 1950. Those investigators identified files which contained credible allegations of the sexual abuse of minors. The Diocesan Review Board, which includes local experts in law enforcement, clinical psychology, law, and medicine, then reviewed those allegations. The list of names I have provided you reflects the recommendations of our Diocesan Review Board, and I am grateful for their diligence, integrity, and expertise. To view the list and get more information please visit www.cathdal.org/response.
Although I have also provided this list of names to law enforcement, inclusion on this list does not indicate that a priest is guilty of, been convicted of, or has admitted to the alleged abuse.
As we look back at the Church’s history, our failure to protect our most vulnerable from abuse, and hold accountable those who preyed on them, fills me with both sorrow and shame. But the painful yet necessary process that began in 2002 in this Diocese has also led to much-needed reforms that we continue to rigorously implement today. Going forward, we must remain vigilant.
I pledge to you that we will do our best to do what is right.
While we have gone to great lengths to ensure that this list is exhaustive, we know there could be more victims who have not reported their abuse. I encourage them to come forward and report to law enforcement, or by calling the Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400. Please also contact Victims Assistance Coordinator, Barbara Landregan, at 214-379-2812 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Church continues to offer our prayers and support to the victims, survivors, and their families for the suffering they have endured.
As I look to the future, I am encouraged that an overwhelming majority of the priests in this Diocese are, and have been, good and holy men, and I remain thankful for their witness. As well as the wonderful men who are in our seminaries – let us pray for these men.
To those of you who have experienced family or friends who have walked away from the faith because of this scandal in the Church, please remind them that we must never separate ourselves from Jesus because of Judas. As your shepherd, I pray that you stay strong in the faith and continue to grow in your relationship of our Lord, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. We pray through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe that God our Father will guide us through these difficult days.
Thank you for your time and may God bless you and your loved ones.
Eternally yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Edward J. Burns
Bishop of Dallas
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Deacon Benito García - 1945-2019
Psalm 61: "Only in God rests my soul."
On Monday, January 7th, our beloved Deacon Benito has gone the Eternal House, the Celestial Homeland, to meet his beloved wife Amelia, at the age of 73 years.
Benito was born on March 21, 1945 in Laguna Sanchez, Nuevo Leon, moving his family being the newborn to the Independencia neighborhood in the city of Monterrey.
He lived happily married to his wife Amelia, who died of stomach cancer on March 18, 2010.
They are survived by 6 children, 2 men and 4 women, 16 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He enjoyed dancing and wearing denim, as well as watching Baseball, American Football and Soccer games, being a fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the Tigers of U.A.N.L.
Benito began his love relationship with God in a Cursillo de Cristiandad in 1980, and was named Spiritual Director of the Cursillo Center in 2016.
He was ordained Deacon by Bishop Graham on January 18, 1997 in the Cathedral, where he served with love and dedication for 21 years.
There are countless teachings, anecdotes, joys, homilies, advice and experiences that he has left us and which will always be part of the great legacy of love and service of Deacon Benito García, the friend and servant of all.
May the Lord grant him eternal rest, and shine for him the perpetual light.
May he rest in peace, amen.
We thank you for your prayers for him and his family. Later we will provide more information.
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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Thank you all those who helped.
Thank you to all those who made the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe a success!
Thank you to Father Oscar Mora and Chayo Ruíiz who where in charge of the Novena and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Thank you to all the volunteers who helped in the kitchen, all the musicians and matlachines.
Thank you to all the people who donated milk and chocolate:
Oscar Cabello, Saul y Jessica Pacheco, Reymundo Martínez, Aidé García, Luis Huichape y Familia, Sr. Nicolás Martínez, José y Maribel Ramírez, Sr. Erik Rodríguez, José Santos y Herminda Aguirre, Sra. Virginia Marín, Familia Montero, Lukes y Beatriz Mendoza, Gustavo y Maribel Morales, Familia Linares, Macario Facundo, Karina Chávez, Familia Cardoza, Familia Ortega, Familia Córdova Almaraz, Familia Reyna, Sra. Lissete, Manuel Toral, Felipe Vallejo, Familia Viles, Félix Toscano, David y Brisa Monroy, Julio Medina, Juan Marinero, Karina Chávez, Deciderio Segura, Familia López, Familia Gómez, Familia Torres.
We thank all the businesses who donated and/or gave discounts.
1718 S. Good Latimer Expressway
Dallas, TX 75226
|Azteca Meat Market
3046 Forest Ln. Ste B
Dallas, TX 75234
5535 Columbia Ave.,
Dallas, TX 75214
|Ricks Smoke House Barbecue
1417 S. Jupiter Rd.,
Garland, TX 75042
Mexico Lindo Restaurant
|Urban Vines - Wine Bistro
9219 Garland Rd,
Dallas, Texas 75218
BINGO NEWS: Thank you for your Support!
We raised $9,379.15 for the Cathedral.
We thank all who made the Bingo a success! We apologize that, due to the limited space available in the Grand Salon, we could not sell more tickets at the door. Thank you!
We would like to thank Fr. Stephen Bierschenk, the Bingo Committee, Cathedral staff and each of our invaluable volunteers who have contributed to make this event a success! Thank you to all church groups that did an excellent job selling tickets and donations.
Bingo Committe: Silvia Garcia, Francis Castillo, Grupo de Nueva Alianza, Alicia Hernandez, Rosa María Barry, Jesus & Raquel Loera, Francis Aguado, Alicia & Luis Rodriguez, Sandra Cortinas.
Thank you for your time, donations and dedication to the church.
Our Bingo Sponsors
Ranitas - Richardson
812 South Central Expressway
Richardson, Texas 75080
Ranitas - Oak Cliff
325 E. Jefferson
Dallas, Texas 75208
Ranitas - Arlington
2100 East Abrams Road
Arlington, Texas 76010
2707 National Drive
Garland, Texas 75041
Timo Corral & Family, Alicia Rodriguez & Family, Eric Haro & Family, Juan Marinero & Family, Frank Hernandez & Knights of Columbus
Join our Parish Council
Fr. Stephen Bierschenk will be forming a Parish Council to join him in:
1) setting goals for building up and improving parish community life;
2) suggesting and planning programs to deepen the spiritual life of the parish;
3) evaluating the current parish programs and suggesting improvements or changes;
4) efforts to welcome those who do not come to church;
5) developing ways to welcome guests;
6) suggestions to care for the needs of sick & shut-ins, the poor, community needs.
If you are interested in serving, please email Fr. Stephen at email@example.com and he will provide you with an application.
Mother's Day Dinner & Dance 2018 Totals
Mother’s Day Dinner & Dance 2018
We would like to thank Mr. & Mrs. Jesus & Raquel Loera, the committee members, Cathedral Staff and each of our valuable volunteers who contributed to make this even a success! Thank you to all church groups that did an excellent job selling tickets.
A special thank you to all of the Crown of Cathedral Gold Sponsors
Jackson Waltker LLP–Texas & Global Law Firm www.jw.com
Salon las Americas 214-893-4517 214-741-6542
Las Ranitas-Restaurant Mexicanos 214-350-3044
Ames Printing 214-748-2869
St. Jude Catholic Chapel Downtown Dallas 214-742-2508
Rick’s Smoke House BBQ 972-276-4359
D.J. Kidd-Roberto Martinez 469-583-0543
Earnings for the Church: $18,135.00
Ticket sales: $16,013.00
Rosary sales: $2,122.00
Bishop's Award 2017
Please join us as we congratulate Mr. & Mrs. Jesus and Raquel Loera for receiving The Bishop’s Annual Volunteer Award, representing Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The Mass and Award presentation was held on January 27, 2018 at 10:00am.
Carnival 2017 Winners
Cathedral Choir Invitation
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Invitation to sing at the Cathedral 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Masses.
Rehearsals: Wednesdays from 7-9 p.m.
As the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe is undergoing extensive restoration and experiencing new things, the 9:00 AM and 12:30 PM Sunday Mass Choirs are being established and YOU are invited to sing with us! Our first rehearsal is October 4th.
Please RSVP via email to Chris Johnson as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can order your music, prepare your books, and arrange for free parking.
Come and fill the loft with Glorious Music!
In the heart of the largest contiguous arts district in the country, we will lead the congregation in music for Masses with hymns, psalms, and beautiful choral music from all periods.
1. A love for singing
2. A love for God
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Altar Server of the Year 2016
Congratulations to Heriberto and Manuel Haros on being named altar servers of the year at Cathedral. Heriberto and Manuel serve at the 7:00 pm Vigil Mass. We are very proud of you and all of your dedication and hard work. May God continue to bless you in your journey with the Lord.
Bishop's Award 2016
Erma and Alton Perry from Cathedral were selected to receive the Bishop's Award Saturday, January 30, 2016.