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Deacon Michael P. Forbes

Name: Deacon Michael P. Forbes

Position: Deacon of Austin Diocese

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Deacon Michael P. Forbes, a lifelong Catholic, was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate by His Excellency Bishop Joe S. Vasquez on April 13, 2013.

A native New Yorker, Deacon Mike says he got to Texas “as fast as he could”.  He is married to Barbara Ann Forbes and is father to Abby, Ted, Sam and Max. He and Barbara have five grandchildren.  He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, with a degree in History and Political Science, and, in 1997, received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Long Island University.

He is employed by the Diocese of Austin, Office of Canonical and Tribunal Services. He is past president and chief executive officer of PR / Strategies International, a public relations, advocacy and crisis management firm.  In 1994, Forbes was elected to the first of three terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives where he served on the Appropriations Committee.