For only the second time, the son of a deacon becomes a bishop

Whispers has the scoop on Bishop-elect George Sheltz:

His father a permanent deacon, according to an official release, the bishop-elect would become the second deacon’s son to be raised the episcopacy on these shores, following the Washington auxiliary¬†Barry Knestout, who was ordained in late 2008.

And there’s this statement from the son-of-a-deacon:

I am sad that my parents, the late [Deacon] George and Margaret Sheltz, and my brother, the late Anton Sheltz, cannot be with us on this joyous day. But I take comfort in knowing that my sister, Mary Margaret, and I continue to feel their love and support.

I look forward to continuing to work with the priests, deacons, religious women and men and lay faithful in this great Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. You are the face of the living Christ, and together we must work to make the person of Jesus known to youth, to our families, to the poor, to the sick and the suffering.

I ask for your prayers, patience and collaboration as I assume the responsibilities given to me. May God bless you all.

Read more and see a video here.


  1. deacon john m. bresnahan says:

    The Church should look to deacon’s families as one source of vocations . I have been a deacon for over 39 years and our archdiocese has never done anything to try to reach out in search of vocations (including women religious) among our families.
    I may be wrong but I think St. Patrick was the son (or grandson) of a deacon.

  2. My prayers with the new bishop-elect. I was a friend to Anton, may he rest in peace, in high school.

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