New Auxiliary Bishop Named to Galveston-Houston Archdiocese

By Dan X. McGraw
Houston Chronicle
February 21, 2012

Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

A Houston native has been named the new auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Monsignor George Arthur Sheltz, 65, will be introduced at 10 a.m. today as the new auxiliary bishop, according to a diocesan release. The archdiocese has been without an auxiliary bishop since March 2010.

Sheltz, who has been a priest since 1971, will assist Cardinal Daniel DiNardo in overseeing the 1.2 million Catholics across 10 counties in the Houston area.

He said he was humbled by Pope Benedict XVI's appointment.

"This Archdiocese has been my home my entire life and it is a joy and privilege to pledge my continued service to the wonderful people of Galveston-Houston who have been my brothers and sisters in faith these many years," Sheltz said.

Sheltz will be ordained a bishop in late April at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Houston.

Cardinal DiNardo, who will remain in his role, said he welcomed the appointment of a new auxiliary bishop for the archdiocese.

"Bishop-elect Sheltz represents the long history of local priests who have given their lives in selfless service to the Lord," Cardinal DiNardo said. "I look forward to working with him as my chief collaborator in this growing, diverse Archdiocese."


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