Pfeifer, Michael D.
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Bishop Michael D. Pfeifer was born in Alamo, Texas in the Diocese of Brownsville on June 18, 1937. He studied for the Priesthood in San Antonio, spent one year of Novitiate in Mission, Texas and was ordained a priest for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate on December 21, 1964. Bishop Pfeifer served as an Oblate priest in various assignments, including 16 years as a missionary in Mexico. He was elected Provincial of the Southern Province of the Oblates, and while in that position was named Fifth Bishop of San Angelo by Pope John Paul II on May 31, 1985. He was consecrated a Bishop and installed in San Angelo on July 26, 1985.



Pastoral statement for World Earth Day

Earth Day reminds us that the engagement of the world must transcend politics, personal policy, agendas, and focus on human ecology which calls for a conversion of political, economic, cultural, and social systems as well as individual lifestyles, and sharing all of Earth's goods with all inhabitants. We are living in a time of crisis, fracturing the environment in countless ways including global climate change.

Date posted: 2024-04-19

Water for Peace

The theme for this year's World Water Day as given to us by UN Water is "Leveraging water for peace and prosperity" Put simply, World Water Day is called "Water for Peace". As we review history, we readily see that water can create peace or spark conflict. When water is scarce or polluted, or when people have unequal or no access, tensions can rise between communities and countries. UN reminds us that more than 3 billion people worldwide depend on water that crosses national borders. Yet, out of 153 countries that share rivers, lakes, and aquifers with their neighbors, only 24 countries report having cooperation agreements for all their shared water.

Date posted: 2024-02-08

The most common "death chamber" for killing the unborn

The fastest growing common death chamber in our country for murdering the precious unborn is not a clinic or a hospital but the family home. Our home, which should be the sanctuary for the caring and protection of children, is now with the easy availability of abortion pills, has become a major center for abortion.

Date posted: 2024-01-06

Life At Conception Act

To end the brutal killing of the precious unborn through abortion, there are many pro-life agencies and programs working to have all members of congress go on record to approve A Life at Conception Act which will declare that unborn children are legally entitled to constitutional protection which will rescue millions of children from dying from abortion on demand.

Date posted: 2023-09-08

The Season of Creation Focuses on Justice and Peace for All

All people working together in a spirit of justice, especially in social, economic, church, schools, and political communities, can contribute to the mighty river of justice and peace in this Season of Creation. Environmental justice calls us to transform our hearts, lifestyle and public policies ruling our societies. Transforming our hearts will lead to ecological conversion and to the renewal of our relationship to all creation and to see it as a sacred gift from our Creator. The beautiful creation that surrounds us is a chalice of grace from our Creator.

Date posted: 2023-07-22

Stand Up For Those Who Cannot Stand For Themselves

As pro-lifers, all of us must continue to stand up for those who cannot stand for themselves, the precious unborn, tiny persons, children of God in their mothers' wombs. As we stand up for the most vulnerable and weakest among us, we also need to be the voice of these voiceless little ones. And as we stand up for them, we shout out with a clear moral voice that life is the most precious gift that has been given to us by our Creator. No person is disposable, and every life is precious according to Him and is our most fundamental right. Abortion is the greatest moral evil of our time - an abomination that must be ended.

Date posted: 2023-05-23

World Water Day and World Earth Day are Linked and Flow Together - 2023

In this presentation, I give a brief description of World Water Day and World Earth Day and their meaning for the planet on which we live, and how the theme and purpose of each day is a call for all humanity to show much greater appreciation and respect for our planet which Pope Francis calls our Common Home. The Pope points out specific ways all humans can show greater concern and care for mother earth and how we can protect it from more abuse and destruction by we humans. As guardians of the environment, we are to ensure the proper balance of the ecosystems on which all people depend.

Date posted: 2023-02-15

Pro-Life Pastoral Letter for the Unborn a Half Century after Roe v Wade

2023 is the first full year without Roe v Wade but thousands of precious babies are still being killed by abortion. The abortion lobby is spending many millions of dollars, including your taxpayer dollars, on a comprehensive strategy to expand abortion even more this year. The church, all pro-lifers have much work to do in promoting pro-life messages to its own members and society at large.

Date posted: 2023-02-01

The US Supreme Court Needs to Affirm Explicitly Fetal Personhood

We are grateful to the Lord for the recent Supreme Court decision in Dobbs overturning Roe v Wade, stating there is no right to abortion in the constitution. This Court decision implicitly recognized that the unborn are persons. While the Supreme Court should be praised for overturning Roe v Wade, it did not go far enough.

Date posted: 2022-12-14

"I am fearfully, wonderfully made"

That the precious unborn children of God are truly human beings, persons, has been our Catholic belief for ages. The value of human life must be truly great for the son of God to make it the instrument of our salvation. Human life as a gift from God is sacred and inviolable. May we commit ourselves to Christ and his mother with urgent prayer, fasting, dialogue and pastoral action so that our country and every state will uphold the dignity of each unborn child.

Date posted: 2022-12-14

World Water Day celebrates Water and Awareness of the Global Water

World Water Day, March 22nd focuses on the most essential element of all life which is water. The value of water is much more than its price - water has an enormous and complex value for all our households, food, culture, health, education, economics, and the integrity of our natural environment.

Date posted: 2022-12-13

Mother Earth is Crying Out for Help

Earth Day is a time to appreciate the wonderful gift of planet earth and to commit ourselves, each and everyone around the world to assure her survival in the future.

Date posted: 2022-12-13

Abortion Is The Leading Cause Of Death In The USA And Worldwide

Jesus reminds us in different ways, if you love me, if you are my disciples show it by your faithfulness to me and my principles and values and keep my commands. Is there any higher good than saving from abortion and murder Jesus most precious little sheep the unborn? For Christ and our blessed Mother Mary, abortion, the killing of the precious unborn of course is a life and death issue as it must be for all Catholic, especially for all leaders in our Church.

Date posted: 2021-05-20

Legal Drugs Meant to Be Lethal

Some have heard in the past, and many more need to know today, about the cause of the death of Holly Patterson who sadly died from legal drug use. Holly was pregnant, and shortly after turning eighteen, went to Planned Parenthood (PP) clinic for an abortion. She was given deadly pills that led to her death a few days later.

Date posted: 2012-10-05

Pastoral Guidelines on Cohabitation

After many months of careful study by the presbyteral council and myself, I give official approval for the following pastoral guidelines for those ministering to cohabiting couples. I ask that all of our pastoral leaders carefully read these guidelines and bring them to the attention of people who are preparing for marriage.

Date posted: 2003-05-06

Environmental Justice

A major work of our time is to make sure that the Earth does not fall into deficit as a result of our presence on it.

Date posted: 2003-05-05

Restorative Justice

In varying degrees, we all share responsibility to promote the common good and strengthen a just public order based on restorative justice. I present here some proposals that will help all people of good will help to develop this vision of restorative justice.

Date posted: 2002-12-17

Pornography Offends Against The Divine Plan For The Body

By putting on display both bodily functions normally kept private and acts of sexual intimacy, which belong properly to the love of husband and wife, pornography violates the respect due the body and robs sexual intimacy of its intrinsic meaning and purpose.

Date posted: 2002-12-16

The human zygote is a "tiny being." not a "tiny thing."

Presently, some scientists and politicians are talking about the distinction between "reproductive cloning" and "therapeutic cloning." In reproductive cloning, the cloned zygote is implanted into the womb of a woman and allowed to grow to full term, resulting in a live baby. In therapeutic cloning, the zygote is kept in a petri dish in the lab and only allowed to grow to the early embryo stage and then dismembered to obtain stem cells. The distinction between these two types of cloning is a biotechnical distinction without a moral difference; both are a crass manipulation of the intrinsic dignity of human life.

Date posted: 2001-12-25

Rights of unborn must be restored

To be truly in support of all human life, it is necessary to develop a consistent ethic of life which identifies conditions that demean human dignity and threaten human rights.

Date posted: 2001-12-24

Preparing For War Praying For Peace

We need to urgently heed the plea of Pope John Paul II that "This inhuman act will awaken in the hearts of all the world's peoples a firm resolve to reject violence, combat the causes of hatred, and work for a new era of international cooperation and peace." God calls us to be people of peace.

Date posted: 2001-12-23

Capital Punishment

Capital punishment is contrary to the highest moral standards and flies in the face of justice, as it mistakenly proposes to solve the grave social ill of killing by killing; of ending violence through violence. A major defect of this morally flawed system is that innocence, or the degree of innocence, is very often determined by economics and power influence. People who are poor and people of color are often provided poor legal defense and are disproportionately executed.

Date posted: 2001-12-22

Respect For the Dignity of the Human Person Demands a Commitment to Human Rights Across a Broad Spectrum

Our natural resources are of great importance to us. We rightly protect our forests, lakes, and endangered species of all kinds, plants, sea creatures, and animals. Yet, we allow 4,400 of our children to be killed every day in our country by abortion. The greatest natural resource any country can have is its children.

Date posted: 2001-12-21

Human Embryos Merit Protection

Once again the human embryo is at great risk. Once again the sanction of American law is being sought for the embryo's willful destruction.

Date posted: 2001-12-20