Hoelscher – Buxkemper Family Newsletter

July 2009

Hubert & Nita Lange, Editors & Publishers

THE BOOK – Hoelscher Family History presented to the Catholic Archives of Texas by Leonard Buxkemper

The “Hoelscher Family of Texas” book was donated to the Catholic Archives of Texas i Austin by the Emil and Caroline Buxkemper Family on 8 September, 2008. Leonard Buxkemper, son of Emil & Caroline, together with his wife, Juanita, Presented the book to Bishop Emeritus John Mc Carthy, Susan Eason, and Eric Hartman who accepted it on behalf of the Catholic Archives of Texas.

Book is a Grand Prize Winner

The Texas State Genealogical Society has awarded it’s Grand Prize to “The Hoelscher Family of Texas, 1846 – 2003: History and Genealogy of Anton and Mary Catherine Hoelscher, Nine Generations.” Theresa Gold, who is a paid up member of TSGS, entered the book into the Writing Awards competition and the award was presented to Theresa on October 24, 2008 in Abilene, Texas. Congratulations to the Book Committee members and all others who made this book a reality.

Book Availability

Some folks have questioned whether complimentary copies of the Book were made available for special presentations to libraries, churches, etc. The H-B Board of Directors in their April 2009 meeting established a committee of three to review written requests for complimentary copies. Requests may be submitted to Shirley Burk, Board Secretary/ Treasurer, 2090 Mountain Laurel Loop, Temple, TX 76502

If you haven’t purchased your copy of the Book Yet, you can do so by filling out the Book Order form on Page 5 (on web site) and along with a check for $75 mail to Shirley Burk at the above address.

National Catholic Peace organization honors Bishop Leroy Matthiesen with 2009 Teacher of Peace Award

Retired Bishop of the Diocese of Amarillo has taken a forthright stance against nuclear weapons and has worked to address issues of nuclear weapons production and waste cleanup.

Washington D.C. – Pax Christi USA, the national Catholic Peace movement, has recognized the life and witness of Bishop Leroy Matthiesen by naming him the 2009 recipient of the Pax Christi USA teacher of the Peace Award. Pax Christi USA first gave the award to Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, in 1078 and has since recognized some of the most significant U.S. Catholic activists for peace and justice of the past 30 years, including actor Martin Sheen, poet and priest Daniel Berrigan, S.J.; and Dead man Walking author Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J. Bishop Matthiesen’s life has been edified by his long and consistent advocacy for peace and justice, form his activism as a young priest on issues of racism to his prophetic call for the abolition of nuclear weapons as a bishop with a nuclear weapons assembly facility in his diocese.

Bishop Matthiesen will receive the Teacher of Peace award at a special banquet at Bax Christi USA’s national Catholic conference on peacemaking, to be held in Chicago, July 17-19. This is from a National Catholic Peace Organization press release dated 20 May 2009. Browse paxchristiusa.org to view the entire release….

Papal Honor for Monsignor Droll

From Catholic Life Insurance Magazine Spring 2009

Reverend Monsignor Larry J. Droll, Vicar General of the Diocese of San Angelo and Pastor of St Ann’s Parish in Midland, has been named as “Protonotary Apostolic.” The new title for Monsignor Droll was granted by Pope Benedict XVI upon the recommendation by the diocesan bishop, Most Rev. Michael D. Pfeifer, OMI. The investiture Ceremony was held on February 6, 2009, at Sacred Heart Cathedral in San Angelo. Msgr Droll is the founder of a scholarship fund for Catholic lay persons, who wish to pursue academic degrees which will prepare them for professional ministry in the Catholic Church.

Newly Ordained

Information provided by: Jo Zvonek

Paul August Gros was ordained to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood of Jesus Christ through the laying on of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit by His Excellency, The Most Reverend Robert W. Muench, and Bishop of Baton Rouge on Saturday, the thirtieth of May 2009.

Fr. Gros is the son of Bill and Susan Gros of the Joe Hoelscher family. After 3 years at the University of Southern Mississippi studying nutrition, he transferred to St Joseph’s Seminary College in St Benedictine, LA. He served his deacon internship at St Jean Vianney Church in Baton Rouge. Ft Gros graduated from Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans with a master of Divinity degree on May 20th. (from the Catholic Commentator, June 3, 2009)

In his first assignment, Fr. Gros will be parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception Church in Henham Springs.


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