BEAUMONT - The Catholic Diocese of Beaumont celebrated 50 years of ministry Sunday with a special mass at Ford Park.
"The Mass [is] a celebration of the faith that has grown across generations and is reflected in our rich diversity," said Bishop Curtis J. Guillory, SVD.
Before the service a choir members from Our Mother of Mercy, Beaumont, Youth Choir; the St Joseph, Beaumont, Vietnamese choir; and the Varsity Choir from Msgr. Kelly Catholic High School sang musical selections.
Following the Mass a birthday party took place with cake and other treats, great memorabilia and music for dancing from the five decades that the diocese has served Southeast Texas.
"During those 50 years, we had some wonderful times but we also had some difficult times and yet with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, generosity, and the faith of the people of Southeast Texas, we are able to move forward." Bishop Guillory told 12News.
Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza, as well as other inter-religious leaders joined the celebration.
"When Beaumont was created, it was created totally out of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston at the time. We have a very special relationship with all the people of Diocese of Beaumont." Said Cardinal DiNardo.
The Diocese of Beaumont, founded in 1966, is nine counties, 44 parishes, seven missions, 18 diocesan ministries, 65 priests, 38 deacons and 71,000 Catholics strong.
Bishop Guillory is the fifth Bishop of Beaumont. Previous bishops were Bishop Vincent Harris (founding bishop), Bishop Warren Boudreaux, Bishop Bernard Ganter and Bishop Joseph Galante.
According to the Diocese of Beaumont Stewardship & Communications Director, nearly 4,000 people attended mass at Ford Park Sunday.
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