GALVESTON — St. Vincent’s House will mark its 60th anniversary of social service ministry to the greater Galveston community with a ceremony on Sept. 27 and celebration on Sept. 28.

This is a bittersweet celebration for St. Vincent’s House; not only commemorating 60 years of unwavering service and welcoming a new director to the helm, but also bidding farewell to Michael Jackson, retiring executive director and beloved community leader.

The celebration begins at 10 a.m. Sept. 27 on the campus of St. Vincent’s House, 2817 Alfreda Houston Place, with the formal installation of St. Vincent’s House new executive director, the Rev. Freda Marie Brown, by the Rt. Rev. Jeff Fisher, Suffragan Bishop, Diocese of Texas, and then continues with the presentation and recognition of the 10th annual Alfreda Houston Community Servants Awards, followed immediately by the annual St. Vincent’s Day Homecoming block party.

As always everyone is invited, it’s a homecoming — a time to refocus on mission, celebrate family and just have fun. This event is free and open to the public.

The 60th anniversary banquet and community tribute to Jackson will be at 3 p.m. Sept. 28 at the Garten Verein, 2704 Ave. O.

The St. Vincent’s House staff and board members are inviting everyone who has ever been associated with St. Vincent’s House — past and present — to come out to the 60th anniversary festivities and bid farewell to Jackson.

“We want to fill the Garten Verein for MJ,” said Vicki Buxton, St. Vincent’s House board member. “With all the volunteers, former board members, medical students, nurses, physicians, teachers and Gospel by the Sea people from the past 15 years, What a perfect way to truly celebrate homecoming and say goodbye.”

Tickets are $60 per person and can be purchased at St. Vincent’s House. As a special part of the event, the St. Vincent’s board is hoping to fill the souvenir booklet with tributes from the community.

Call 409-763-8521.

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