Our Lady of Victory Cathedral (Victoria, Texas)

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Cathedral of Our Lady of Victory
Our Lady of Victory Cathedral (Victoria, Texas) is located in Texas
Our Lady of Victory Cathedral (Victoria, Texas)
Location in Texas
28°49′27″N 96°59′31″W / 28.8243°N 96.9919°W / 28.8243; -96.9919Coordinates: 28°49′27″N 96°59′31″W / 28.8243°N 96.9919°W / 28.8243; -96.9919
Location1309 Mesquite Lane
Victoria, Texas
CountryUnited States
DenominationCatholic Church
DedicationOur Lady of Victory
Number of spiresOne
DioceseVictoria in Texas
Bishop(s)Most Rev. Brendan J. Cahill
RectorRev. Gary W. Janak

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Victory is a Catholic cathedral and parish church located in Victoria, Texas, United States. It is the seat of the Diocese of Victoria in Texas.


Our Lady of Victory Parish can trace its roots to 1956 when the families of Thomas O'Connor Sr. and Martin O'Connor donated 20 acres (8.1 ha) of land for a new Catholic parish.[1] The cornerstone for the present church was laid on April 7, 1957 by Archbishop Robert E. Lucey of San Antonio and it was consecrated on November 4 the following year. Our Lady of Victory Catholic School opened in September 1957.

The initial planning for the parish and the construction of the buildings was done by Msgr. Frederick O'Beck who was the pastor at St. Mary's in Victoria. The Rev. Henry Rolf was named the first pastor on July 12, 1958. The parish was officially established the following day.[1]

Pope John Paul II established the Diocese of Victoria in Texas on April 13, 1982.[2] Our Lady of Victory became the cathedral for the diocese at that time.[1]

In 2009 the parish acquired the former Town Plaza Mall located next door to the parish property.[3] The former J.C. Penney store was converted into The Cathedral Center. It houses the parish hall and meeting rooms that are used for receptions, conferences, and various parish programs. Victoria architectural firm Rawley McCoy & Associates is the architect for the project. Other parts of the facility will be renovated in the future.

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  1. ^ a b c "History of OLV". Our Lady of Victory Cathedral. Retrieved 2011-10-05.
  2. ^ "Diocese of Victoria in Texas". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2011-10-05.
  3. ^ Kathryn Cargo (August 14, 2016). "Our Lady of Victory expands into old mall". Victoria: Victoria Advocate. Retrieved 2018-02-20.

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