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Austin's vicar general named auxiliary bishop of the Texas diocese

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Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Daniel Garcia, the vicar general of the diocese of Austin, Texas, as an auxiliary bishop of the diocese.

Garcia, 54, is an Austin diocesan priest and also is moderator of the curia.

The appointment was announced Wednesday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

The newly named auxiliary bishop will assist Bishop Joe Vasquez, who has headed the Austin diocese since 2010.

His episcopal ordination is scheduled for March 3.

Considering our vocations

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When we were children, our mother was not content with having us pray the ordinary grace before meals. No, at grace time, as well as in prayers before bed, there was a litany of sorts in which we remembered family and friends, and always ended with the simple prayer, "Please, God, help me to know my vocation and have the grace and strength to follow it." Mom was a firm believer that everyone had a vocation, a call to serve God with their best talents and deepest desires.

Franciscan leader in black Catholic ministry named New Orleans auxiliary bishop

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Pope Francis has named Franciscan Fr. Fernand "Ferd" Cheri III, a New Orleans native who currently is director of campus ministry at Quincy University in Illinois, as an auxiliary bishop of the New Orleans archdiocese.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment Monday.

Cheri, who turns 63 on Jan. 28, has a background that includes extensive roles in black Catholic liturgy, music and spirituality, in addition to having served on the Franciscans' provincial council and as their director of friar life.

Omaha, Neb., archdiocese's capital campaign tops $52 million

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A capital campaign in the Omaha archdiocese has exceeded its $40 million goal with more than $52 million pledged for three to five years from more than 17,000 pledges.

"I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of Catholics all across the archdiocese," said Omaha Archbishop George Lucas, adding that he is "grateful for this expression of faith on the part of so many."

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