Meet Greg Hurst

How long have you been a member of St John Vianney Catholic Church?
We have been members of St. John Vianney approximately 15 years in total.  Most recently, we have been back approximately two years.  The first 13 years were between the mid 80’s and the late 90’s when Father Joe was the pastor.

What is your family’s background? Where are you from originally?
My wife, Olivia “Libby” and I are both originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  We were born and raised in deeply rooted Catholic families where we both received Catholic school educations.  She spent 12 years in the parochial school system and I, seven.  I graduated from Redemptorist High School in 1974 and Libby graduated from St. Joseph’s Academy High School in 1976.

How do you live your Catholic Faith?
By attending mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation, as well as actively participating in the social ministries.  During lent, also spending one hour a week in the Chapel in the quiet presence of our Lord.

How has your involvement at the Parish impacted/changed your life?
What has impacted my life the most since rejoining SJV Parish are the many people who welcomed us with open arms.  This was most evident in working with so many wonderful people on the Eagle Pass Mission trips twice annually. 

How do you make a difference? What programs or activities are/were you involved in?
Every morning upon rising, I thank God for blessing me with that day, for allowing me to serve Him and others, and to share my talents and gifts with those less fortunate or in need.  That’s how I try to make a difference.  I am involved in the church as an Extraordinary Minister of the Holy Eucharist at both mass and Memorial City Hospital.  I also enjoy working with the Mission Group that travels to Eagle Pass to build and repair homes for those in need of our help.  We see God through their eyes.

What is special about SJV? Do you have a special memory/anecdote you would like to share?
What is most special about SJV is that we look forward to going to mass and hearing Father Troy’s inspiring sermons.  He is so captivating and it comes from his heart and soul.  He is truly amazing.

What do you tell your friends & family about SJV?
I often describe St. John Vianney as “the smallest, big parish” in the world.  We felt welcomed from the very first day we stepped foot in the church so many years ago.  St. John Vianney is much like the City of Houston, in that it is a “melting pot” of God’s children.

What would you say to someone new who wants to get more involved in the church?
To someone wanting to get involved in the church, I would say, “don’t wait” or as Nike would say, “Just Do It.”  There is so much to do and so many wonderful opportunities to share your blessing with others.  Get involved!