Priests and Deacons
Fr. Drew Wood, Pastor
Ordination: April 28, 1973
Raised in St. Theresa parish in Memorial Park, Fr. Drew Wood is a graduate of St. Thomas High School and the University of St. Thomas. He entered St. Mary's Seminary and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Galveston-Houston on April 28, 1973. He served at many parishes throughout the Houston area, in addition to filling the roles of Vocations Director and Vice Chancellor for the diocese and Spiritual Director at St. Mary’s Seminary before being assigned to St. Laurence in 1998. He became pastor in 2002. Fr. Drew has a special affinity for the Life Teen Mass and each summer, he accompanies over 250 teens and chaperones to the Steubenville Conference in Houma, LA. It was this experience which led him to create the Heart of Worship, an annual, day-long spiritual event held at St. Laurence, which features nationally recognized speakers, praise & worship music, Mass and Adoration.
Fr. Jaison Pezhathinal Thomas, M.S.F.S.
Ordination: December 29, 2000
Fr. Jaison Pezhathinal Thomas is from Kerala, India. The 10th of 11 children in a large Catholic family, he had the desire to be a priest even as a young boy. He was ordained in the order of the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales (MSFS) in the year 2000. His first assignment sent him to Cameroon and Chad in Africa (2001-2005), followed by a return to southern India (2006-2011), before coming to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. From 2012-2014, Fr. Jaison served as a Parochial Vicar at St. Anthony of Padua in The Woodlands. In his free time, Fr. Jaison enjoys reading, TV, movies and traveling.
Deacon Renato (Rey) Arellano
Ordination: February 3, 2007
Message to Parish Family: God loves us and provides for us more than we can ever realize. Let us totally trust in His love and providence.
Deacon Albert Bothe
Ordination: July 11, 1994
Message to Parish Family: Love God, love your family, and love whatever you do in life, and those you do it for.
Deacon Don Burns
Ordination: May 7, 1987
Message to Parish Family: Being there to share in your times of celebration… and to pray with you when you are sick or grieving… blesses me greatly; thank you for allowing us to be a part of your lives.
Deacon Dennis Henderson
Ordination: January 14, 2017
Message to Parish Family:
From Rebuilt by Brandon Vogt, “The Catholic Church is hemorrhaging young people. No tool or strategy can replace the fact that, by virtue of being your child’s parent, you’re already the most important factor in this equation. No tip or strategy or tool can substitute for the role you play. You are the key.” Read this book and get a game plan. And men, become the spiritual leader of your family, the lives of your children are at stake. Then as a couple, pray, and fast, and sacrifice for your children. Jesus is waiting for you to act. Ask me about Sugar Land Sam sometime, he knows what I am talking about.
Deacon Charles Plant
Ordination: February 3, 2007
Message to Parish Family: You are an inspiration as "Rivers of Grace". Thank you for sharing your love, patience, and kindness with me and my family, and may the Light of Christ enflame your hearts always. "Jesus, I Trust in You."