Texas News

The Brothers of the Columcille Division, San Antonio, Texas are honored to announce the ordination to Holy Priesthood of Patrick Gabriel Higgins, on Saturday, June 26th, 2010.  The ordination took place at Corpus Christi Cathedral, Corpus Christi, Texas by The Most Reverend William Michael Mulvey, Bishop of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. Patrick is the son of Gabriel and Bernadette Higgins of Castlegar, a suburb on the east side of Galway City.  In addition to his parents, and brothers, Donal and Declan, and approximately fifty relatives from Ireland, the pastor of St. Columba’s, Patrick’s home parish in Castlegar, Father Michael Reilly, also attended the ordination. Father Reilly presented Patrick his first chalice.  Patrick’s sister Orla, who lives in Australia, was unable to attend. The Columcille Division presented Patrick his first chasuble. Patrick celebrated his first Mass on Sunday, June 27th, at Most Precious Blood, a church in Corpus Christi where he had assisted while a deacon.  His first assignment will be as associate pastor at St. Patrick’s in Corpus Christi, a church which had an earlier pastor named Father Patrick Gabriel Higgins, also a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, but unrelated to Patrick. Some of our older brothers may recall that Bishop Thomas Drury, a former AOH National Chaplain and the celebrant of the opening Mass of the 1982 AOH national convention in San Antonio, Texas, was the Bishop of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. Father Patrick has promised that he will revive the long dormant AOH division in Corpus Christi during his first year at St. Patrick’s. May your service to Christ and your fellow man be filled with love and compassion and may you live a long, holy life bound by the Breastplate of St. Patrick our glorious apostle.

Members of the Columcille Division in Texas congratulate newly ordained Father Higgins.