Father Greg's Bio

 

Father Gregory T. Labus attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Edinburg for eight years, from kindergarten until he graduated from the eighth grade in 1970. He was also a parishioner at St. Joseph Church from birth until he graduated from Edinburg High School.

After graduating from high school, Father Labus majored in music at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth with an emphasis on liturgical music. He was a parish musician at Holy Family Church in Fort Worth before Bishop Rene Gracida of the Diocese of Corpus Christi invited him to develop a music program at the Corpus Christi Cathedral in 1984.

He was serving as associate director of music at the Corpus Christi Cathedral when God called him to the priesthood. Father Labus had considered the priesthood before but the call was more intense and enduring than ever. “It was before the Jubilee Year (2000),” said Father Labus, a composer, organist and pianist. “We were planning a bunch of activities at the cathedral and the thought came to me again. What really triggered it was that I had read, Witness to Hope — Pope John Paul II’s biography — and that is what really pushed me over the edge.” Father Labus was at a priest ordination, sitting opposite of a stained glass window depicting Holy Orders, when he had a defining moment about becoming a priest.

Father Labus was ordained a priest for service in the Diocese of Brownsville on May 27, 2006.

Father Labus served as assistant to the rector at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine, parochial vicar of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Harlingen, parish administrator of St. Mary Church in Santa Rosa and pastor of Our Mother of Mercy Church in Mercedes.

On May 18, 2012 Father Labus returned to St. Joseph as pastor of the parish and school. Father Labus was the first new pastor at St. Joseph Parish and School in more than 16 years. Msgr. Robert Maher was the pastor from Nov. 16, 1995 until his death on Feb. 29, 2012.

The son of Emil John (deceased) and Cecilia Labus, Father Labus is the oldest of five children. His mother and all of his siblings, Joan, Joe, Cynthia and Daniel, all live in the Edinburg area.

As pastor of St. Joseph Church and School, Father Labus plans to continue to the highlight the importance of music to the liturgy, which is sustained by a strong level of participation by the people.

 
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