Today in Texas History – February 19

From the Annals of Belated Racial Tolerance – In 1988, Curtis Guillory was installed as the was installed as auxiliary bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Galveston-Houston.  He was  the first black Catholic bishop in Texas.  Guillory now serves as the Bishop of Beaumont. He is a member of the Society of the Divine Word. While an active bishop, he remains a member of that community but is not under its jurisdiction.

Guillory earned a bachelor of arts degree from  Divine Word College in Epworth, Iowa and a Master of Divinity degree from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.  He received priestly ordination at his home parish of St. Ann in Mallet on December 16, 1972, from Panamanian Bishop Carlos Lewis, also a member of the Divine Word Community. Father Guillory later earned a master’s degree in Christian spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha.

His father’s side of the family has been traced back to France. His mother’s side of the family has been traced to the island of Dominica in the West Indies.



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