Msgr Don Sawyer Curriculum Vitae


Curriculum Vitae


Rev. Dr. Don Joseph Sawyer





St. Thomas University - Houston

June 1970   Bachelor of Arts in History



St. Thomas University - Houston

June 1973    Masters in Theology



Austin Presbyterian Seminary - Austin

May 1990    Mission and Evangelism




Ordained to the Holy Priesthood by Archbishop Francis M. Zayek

         on April 27, 1974.


1982 - Assigned Administrator of Our Lady’s Mission in Austin, Texas


1985 - Oversaw the construction of the first church building


1990 - Made Pastor of Our Lady’s Parish in Austin, Texas


- Received Doctorate of Ministry in Evangelization

          from Austin Presbyterian Seminary


- Member of the first Presbyteral Board on the new diocese


- Editor of Maronites Today;  founded the Maronite Parish in El Paso,   



- Protopresbyter of Southern Region; helped found the Maronite

Parish in Tulsa, Oklahoma


- Oversaw construction of the new Church and Administration  

         wing of Our Lady’s Parish in Austin, Texas


- The new Church and administrative wing consecrated by

     Bishop John G. Chedid, J.C.D.


- Host Pastor for the National Apostolate of Maronites’ Convention in   

Austin, Texas with attendance of over 1,000


- Member of the Presbyteral Board.


2006 - Ordained to Perudeut on December 16, 2006.


2009 - Oversaw the remodeling of the Julia J. Sawyer Parish Hall




Ten years chaplain of Dominican Academy, a private elementary school

Hospital chaplain with the Seton Hospitals

Member of the city-wide Multi-institutional Medical Review Board

advocating for medical ethics protecting patient rights

Member of the Austin Jewish-Christian dialogue

Chair of the Inter-Religious Committee which planned and executed

several years of Inter-religious Thanksgiving Services

Founded Cedars International Academy and remains as a permanent

member on its Board

Created two videos: “Putting on Christ” and “Eastern Churches which have

shown on the local ACC channels.


Teaching experiences:


Austin Diocese Adult Education series

Public schools

Diaconate training

Inter-parish adult and children’s classes

Publications/Multi-media productions:



   “Eastern Churches”


Eparchial Committees:


Mission Commission

Presbyteral Board

Chaplain of National Apostolate of Maronites

Commission for Lebanon

Member of the Order of Saint Sharbel