Bishop of Victoria, Texas, retires; successor from Galveston-Houston

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop David E. Fellhauer of Victoria, Texas, and named Father Brendan Cahill, a priest of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, to succeed him.

Bishop Fellhauer is 75, the age at which canon law requires bishops to submit their resignation. He has headed the diocese since 1990.

Bishop-designate Cahill, 51, is a native of Florida who was ordained in 1990. He is director of the archdiocese’s Secretariat for Clergy Formation and Chaplaincy Services.

The changes were announced in Washington April 23 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

The episcopal ordination is scheduled for June 29.

Brendan John Cahill, 51, was born in Coral Gables, Florida. His family moved to Houston in 1971.

He attended Catholic schools in Houston before going to Rice University for a year and then entering St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston in 1982.

Ordained for the Diocese of Galveston-Houston in 1990, the served at two parishes before becoming formation director at St. Mary’s Seminary in 1998.

He was rector at St. Mary’s from 2001 to 2010 and was an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Theology. Since September 2014, he has served as administrator pro tem of St. Joseph Church in Houston.

The bishop-designate studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University as well as Xavier University in New Orleans.


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