Posted by: maboulette | March 21, 2017

New Bishop Michael J. Boulette

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With all of the pomp and ceremony that two thousand years of history can muster, Monsignor Michael J. Boulette yesterday afternoon was ordained as the 14th Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas. 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

Guarded by the Knights of Columbus in all their flowing capes, the new Bishop walked up the aisle at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church on Thousand Oaks past robed Priests and Bishops of all of the Dioceses of Texas to be officially ordained by Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller.

HISTORY

The Archbishop says he may be the city’s 14th Auxiliary Bishop, but his history goes far deeper than that.

“We are coming from Peter through the Apostles to this moment,” he said.

GRADUATE OF ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY

Boulette is a graduate of St. Mary’s University, and a long time parish priest in San Antonio and in various parishes in the Hill Country.

SYMBOLS

He was presented with several symbols during the ordination, including;

  • Pectoral cross long worn by the late Archbishop Patrick Flores, who ordained Boulette a priest 40 years ago;
  • Miters crafted by the Cloistered Passionist Sisters of Mexico;
  • Crozier the new bishop will use was hand crafted from a Hill Country pecan tree which died during the recent drought;

All in honor of his long service in Kerrville and Ingram.

HUMILITY

Bishop Boulette will fit in line with Pope Francis’ teachings of humility.  His episcopal ring cost $8.

MOTHER

The new Bishop’s mother 96 years of age and who he credits with instilling in him a love of Catholicism, was in attendance, along with his brother Peter and wife together with two nephews, two nieces and several great nephews, one who took his First Communion from his great uncle and new Bishop. 

OFFICIAL CHAMBERLAINS

Also attending were his officials chamberlains, Monsignor Lawrence Steubben and Father David Garcia. More than twenty bishops and archbishops also attended the ceremony.

POPULAR

Making Boulette a Bishop was a popular decision and one could tell by the way the attendees clapped and cheered as the new Bishop made his walk through the church giving his blessing to all.  St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church on Thousand Oaks in San Antonio has seating for 1500 and every seat was taken with people who came to see this popular priest become a Bishop.


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