It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that I announce the death of our beloved former bishop, Bishop Emeritus William R. Houck, who led our diocese from June 5, 1984 – Jan. 3, 2003 Bishop Houck recently underwent a single bypass for blockage in a main artery. He was recovering but took a turn for the worse last night. God called him home at around 1 a.m. He was 89 years old.
We rejoice in the confident knowledge that he is at peace.
Arrangements are incomplete at this time. We will send them out as soon as we have them finalized.
Eternal rest grant unto him, 0 Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Yours in Christ,
+Bishop Joseph Kopacz
Bishop of the Diocese of Jackson
Funeral Arrangements for Bishop Houck are as follows:
A Rite of Reception of the Body will be held on Tuesday, March 15, at 4 p.m. in the Cathedral of Saint Peter the Apostle. Visitation will follow until 7 p.m. Tuesday, then continue on Wednesday, March 16, from 10 a.m. – 12noon; and 2– 7 p.m. with a Vigil/Wake Service at 7 p.m. in the Cathedral. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Cathedral on Thursday, March 17, at 12:30 p.m. with interment in the Bishop’s Cemetery next to the Cathedral.