Catholic Newman Center
at the University of Houston
Let's celebrate some newly ordained Deacons!
Two Masses for the Ordination to the Permanent Diaconate took place on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20 at the Co-Cathedral of Sacred Heart in Houston. Among those who were ordained were a UH Professor and two fathers of Catholic Coogs. Maybe you will recognize one of them or their children!
Deacon Frank J. “Fritz” Claydon was born on June 30, 1960 in Bronxville, NY. Fritz graduated from Lamar Consolidated School in Richmond/Rosenberg, TX. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a MS and PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University. He was employed by the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee Medical Center from 1987-1999. Since 1999, Fritz has served as a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston. He attended the University of St. Thomas School of Theology at St. Mary Seminary completing a Diploma program in Pastoral Theology in 2020. Fritz was Ordained a Permanent Deacon in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston on February 20, 2021 at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Fritz is currently assigned to St. Mary Parish in League City and serves as a volunteer at the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center. He and his wife Julie have been happily married since February 6, 1982. They have three adult children, Jonathan, Jeffrey and wife Megan, and Jenny and husband Jeff plus grandchildren Jack, Blake, and Henry.  

Advice from Deacon Fritz:
Jesus went to the desert to contemplate, discern, reflect...and yes he was tempted….Jesus knew that before he could serve and minister to others he must overcome temptation by nourishing and renewing himself…to God.

He was preparing for his ministry….The salvation of Man……

Our baptism calls you and I to serve….ST JPII said that “That we the faithful exercise our own  baptismal priesthood  each according to his own vocation  in Christ's mission as priest, prophet, and king… We are all members of the body of Christ….. “

Like Jesus, Lent gives us an opportunity to nourish and minister to ourselves first….. so that we can serve others...
Deacon Jason Paul Sulak is a husband of 25 wonderful years to my beautiful wife, Chaille, I am a father of six fantastic, Spirit-filled children (including CSO's Justin Sulak).  I am a six-year veteran of the US Navy where I served as a nuclear mechanic and the Catholic Lay Leader of my ballistic missile submarine.  I am also a UH Alum of 1998 where I earned a B.S. in Physics.  After spending most of my career to date in the O&G industry, I am now planning to begin a new career as a professional real estate inspector to allow more flexibility for my ministry as a permanent deacon.  I have been assigned to Holy Rosary Catholic Church Parish in Rosenberg, and I will be ministering to the incarcerated at the Stringfellow Unit in Rosharon for the arch-diocese.

Advice from Deacon Sulak:
Regardless of what you choose to do in life, let your core identity as a Christian servant shine through every waking moment of every Spirit-filled day!
Little About Deacon Pete Velazquez
I have been a resident of Dickinson, Texas off and on for about 59 years. I was born and baptized at the Shrine of the True Cross  Catholic Church in Dickinson, where growing up I was involved as an alter server and in the parish choir. After graduation from high school I joined the United States Navy where I also participated as a cantor at the base chapel.  After 6 years in the Navy, I returned home for a bit and then obtained a job in Florida as a field service technician for a computer company. Florida is where I met my wife and we eventually moved back to Texas after several years looking for employment and to take care of my aging parents.

We started a family as many young couples do and we eventually had 3 kids (including CSO's Kristina Velazquez). We had to start preparing ourselves to teach them our Catholic Faith.  My Wife and myself both enrolled in FTCM (Formation Towards Christian Ministry) and I became certified Catechist. Parents are the primary teachers of our Children in the faith. We were both active in the parish as Extraordinary Ministers and I was even an acolyte to assist as we had a shortage of Deacons at our parish.  ACTS (Adoration, Community, Theology and Service) played a very large role that put things into context for my inquiry into the Diaconate. I had discerned several years before even submitting my application for the diaconate program.  The program for the Archdiocese of Galveston Houston is 6 years. When you apply to become and inquirer you make a commitment to the program. I had a full-time job plus all the studies required by the University of St Thomas.  I am an information systems analyst which means that I work in IT, so I have crazy hours to begin with.  The first thing we learn is this is not a balance between work life and church life, it is an integration. For the last 6 years that is what I have been doing, integrating.  Deacons are called to service. We are to minister to those inside and outside of the church.  We are assigned to a particular parish and also a social ministry. Mine is  the hospital ministry, but due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, it has evolved into a prayer ministry for those that are in need of prayer.  We have a weekly list that is growing and we pray for them every night.  Please pray for your Priests, your Deacons, and your seminarians, as well as, our Archbishop Daniel Cardinal DiNardo and Pope Francis and an increase to the priesthood and religious life.
We are closed until further notice due to pipe damage and that we hope to reopen by March 3.

Plumber waiting for needed parts to restore water service. Remember to pray for plumbers and all who helping people recover from the winter storm damage!
Anointing of the Sick and urgent pastoral needs
Call Fr. Charlie at 832-581-2533 
All are welcome to join us for a Lenten Reflection night. More details as we get closer.
There are a few limited spots available for our Lenten Small Groups! Sign up here before they run out!
We are looking for people to spiritually adopt us or an aspect of our ministry for Lent. Whatever you offer is fine: daily or ongoing suffering, Mass, Rosary, etc. We need it.
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UH Day of Remembrance is historically held the first Tuesday in March each year to honor our Cougar Family – students, faculty, staff, alumni & friends of the University – that have died the previous year.

Check here for more information for this year's Day of Remembrance including how to submit names and photos.
Calling all breakfast lovers! Come join us for Breakfast Club every morning (M – Fr) at 9 am in person in front of the Career Center next to A.D. Bruce and the square fountain or virtually via Google Meet!
What is Breakfast Club, you ask?
It’s a group of Christ-seeking friends that cast their petitions and worries at the feet of the Father through Our Lady’s intercession by praying the rosary and then getting breakfast at Cougar Woods! We pray for Claire, Claudia, Father Charlie, and all CSO intentions posted on this chat. Please let us know how we can pray for you!
How do I join?
Please join the Breakfast Club (BC) group me by following this link:
The link to the daily Google Meet link will be posted in the BC group chat.
We pray for an end to this pandemic and healing to those who are suffering physically, emotionally, and financially due to the pandemic. May they find peace and hope in Jesus Christ. We pray for the souls of all those who have died due to the Coronavirus and the consolation of their loved ones.

For our seven students in small group evangelization formation this semester. May God guide, bless, and draw them near during their formation and prayer times.
Need prayer or someone to talk to/pray?
While we won't be offering regular office hours, people are invited to contact us in case of any need. You're welcome to GroupMe Message them or email them below:

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Young Adult Day 2021: Faithful Presence
All young adults (ages 18-39) are invited to join us for our Archdiocesan Young Adult Day on March 27, 2021. In the morning, we will offer a Lenten Reflection followed by adoration and confession at Holy Rosary Parish in Midtown from 9:30-11:30 am. In the afternoon, we will host two online speakers — Fr. Agustino Torres, CFR, and Sarah Swafford — at various parishes from 1:15-4:45 pm. Young Adults will then be invited to attend the vigil Mass at their parish locations. All events will be available for online-only participants as well. All young adults must register to attend. Spaces are limited for the in-person events, and face masks will be required. Early bird registration is $25 and ends at 11:59 pm on March 9. Rate increases to $35 after the deadline.

For more information, please go to or contact the Office of Young Adult & Campus Minsitry at 713-741-8778 or

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