RIP Bishop George A. Sheltz - Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Mourns the Death of the Retired Auxiliary Bishop at Age 75

Statement : Passing of Bishop Sheltz 
 It is with deep sorrow the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston reports that retired Auxiliary Bishop George A. Sheltz, 75, passed away this evening. A native Houstonian, Bishop Sheltz dedicated his life to the Lord for more than 50 years as a priest in his home diocese. Daniel Cardinal DiNardo and the Archdiocese asks the faithful to pray for the family of Bishop Sheltz and his eternal rest. Funeral arrangements for Bishop Sheltz are currently pending.
Most Reverend George A. Sheltz - Born on April 20, 1946 in Houston, Texas

His Parents were Deacon George and Margaret (Frank) Sheltz, Sr.

His Education included a B.A. Philosophy, University of St. Thomas and a M. Th. Theology, St. Mary Seminary.

Date of Ordination -May 15, 1971 - Houston, TX


  • 2012 - Named Auxiliary Bishop of Galveston-Houston
  • 2021 - Resignation accepted by Pope Francis
  • For his motto, His Excellency Bishop Sheltz selected the phrase, "Through Him – with Him – In Him," from the Great Doxology of the Holy Mass. By its use, His Excellency expresses that as a Christian all that we have, all that we do and all that we are is from, in and through Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world.

Biography of the Retired Auxiliary Bishop of Galveston-Houston           

George Arthur Sheltz was born April 20, 1946 in Houston, Texas to (the late) George and Margaret Sheltz. The second oldest of three children, he was raised in Houston and educated entirely in the Bayou City, attending Annunciation Catholic School in downtown Houston, St. Thomas High School, the University of St. Thomas and St. Mary's Seminary.

During high school, he began to consider the possibility of studying for the priesthood for the then-Diocese of Galveston-Houston. With the encouragement of the Basilian Fathers at St. Thomas High School, he entered St. Mary's Seminary. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and from the seminary with a Master's in Theology. On May 15, 1971, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Galveston-Houston by Bishop John Morkovsky. 

As a priest of the Archdiocese, he has served at six parishes: Assumption Church; Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral; St. Vincent de Paul Church; Christ the Redeemer Church; Prince of Peace Church; and St. Anthony of Padua Church. He served as Dean of the San Jacinto Deanery and Episcopal Vicar of the Northern Vicariate while a parish priest. In 2000, Pope John Paul II named him a prelate of honor, with the title of Monsignor.

In 2007, he was named Secretariat Director for Clergy Formation and Chaplaincy Services. Since 2010, Bishop Sheltz has served as Vicar General, Chancellor and Moderator of the Curia for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, overseeing the administrative operations of the largest Roman Catholic diocese in Texas and the 5th largest in the United States. On Feb. 21, 2012, he was named an auxiliary bishop of Galveston-Houston by Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope Francis accepted his resignation on June 22, 2021, at the age of 75.

Bishop Sheltz comes from a family of Houston vocations. His father, Deacon George Sheltz, Sr., was in the first class of permanent deacons ordained for the diocese in 1972. His late brother, Anton Sheltz, was ordained a priest for the then-Diocese of Galveston-Houston in 1976. His uncle, Monsignor Anton Frank, was the first native Houstonian ordained for the diocese in 1933.

For his motto, Bishop Sheltz uses the phrase, "Through Him, With Him, In Him." By these words from the Eucharistic prayer during Mass, Bishop Sheltz proclaims that as a bishop his ministry is to do all things through Christ, the Word sent into the world to proclaim God's love for all humanity.