Celebrating a Mass for the Uvalde, Texas community on the first night after the Robb Elementary School shooting, Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller called the children in attendance to the front of the church to speak with them directly, but didn’t receive any feedback.
When it was time for the homily at an August 15 Mass to open the school year for Sacred Heart Catholic School in Uvalde, Texas, Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller abandoned his prepared talk and instead had the students stand so he could speak to them directly.
In many ways, Archbishop García-Siller echoes Pope Francis, who has called out the “indiscriminate trafficking of weapons” and those who treat migrants as “pawns on the chessboard of humanity” following tragedies such as mass shootings and the large-scale death of migrants.
San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller in a recent homily railed on smugglers as well as the injustices toward immigrants, referring to the June 27 deaths of 53 people in a sweltering cargo section of an abandoned semitruck near San Antonio as they were being smuggled into the country.
This week for Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller has been filled with hospital visits, Masses, and a lot of prayer for dozens of migrants who were found dead in an abandoned tractor trailer on the outskirts of San Antonio.
The archbishop of San Antonio offered prayers for dozens of people found dead as well as more than a dozen survivors discovered June 27 in sweltering conditions in a semitruck.
Lamenting a “culture of death” that exists in the U.S. after three mass shootings in less than a month, Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of San Antonio on June 8 spoke of the need for Catholics to be leaders in reinvigorating a culture of life.
The week was set to culminate with a large March for Our Lives demonstration June 11, an event organized by students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, which experienced a mass killing of its own in 2018.
Just as the sun rose on May 27, I rounded a turn into an Uvalde neighborhood where Ronaldo Reyes was outside working on his truck, wearing a tight-brimmed ball cap, pajama pants, a worn gray t-shirt and slippers in the mild Texas heat.
Towards the end of a May 26 Mass to honor slain Robb Elementary School teacher Irma Garcia and her husband Joe, who suffered a heart attack that morning, Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of San Antonio presented their children a bouquet of roses, at one point leading the church in a collective “we love you.”