The Rev. Eileen O’Brien, Houston Canterbury Missioner
The Rev. Eileen O’Brien serves as the Episcopal Campus Missioner at the University of Houston.  She received her M.Div. cum laude from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2014, with an Honors Thesis in New Testament Studies. In 2003, she received a B.A. in Spanish from Rice University in Houston, TX.  Eileen is bilingual in English and SpanIMG_5512ish, and an avid student of Koine Greek, biblical Hebrew, and Latin.  Check out her blog.

Prior to attending seminary, Eileen served as Director of Children’s and Youth Ministries at St. Alban’s in Waco, Program Manager for an AmeriCorps after-school program for at-risk children in southeast Houston, and Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at Christ Church Cathedral, Houston.  Most recently she served as the Curate at Christ Church Cathedral, working primarily with the Spanish-speaking community and the Justice and Peace Council.

Maria Bautista Vargas, Missioner Associate
IMG_7573Maria Bautista Vargas is working as the Missioner Associate for Houston Canterbury where her focus will be developing an Episcopal presence at Texas Southern University and San Jacinto Central. Maria is currently a senior at University of Houston-Downtown, where she will graduate in the Spring with her major in Psychology.

Prior to working with Houston Canterbury, Maria was working as a Community Organizer with The Metropolitan Organization (TMO), as well as the Youth Group Coordinator for Epiphany Episcopal Church. Maria was also a teacher assistant at Bethany Methodist Weekday School and a Camp Counselor for City Camp in Philadelphia.

Maria grew up within the Episcopal Diocese of Washington D.C. and moved to Houston three years ago, along with her parents, Rev. Simon and Amarilis Bautista and her siblings Tito, Leaquina and Lily. With two parents from the Dominican Republic, Maria is bilingual in both Spanish and English. She enjoys musical theater, traveling and hanging out with her dog Milo.

Whether you are a student, a future student, a member of the faculty or staff, an avid alum, or a Houston-area clergy person with college students in your congregation, Eileen and Maria want to connect with you.  Get in touch by email, (UH, San Jacinto), or (TSU, San Jacinto).