Immaculate Conception Cathedral (Brownsville, Texas)

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Immaculate Conception Church
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Immaculate Conception Cathedral (Brownsville, Texas) is located in Texas
Immaculate Conception Cathedral (Brownsville, Texas)
Immaculate Conception Cathedral (Brownsville, Texas) is located in the US
Immaculate Conception Cathedral (Brownsville, Texas)
Location 1218 E. Jefferson St.
Brownsville, Texas
Coordinates 25°54′7″N 97°29′45″W / 25.90194°N 97.49583°W / 25.90194; -97.49583Coordinates: 25°54′7″N 97°29′45″W / 25.90194°N 97.49583°W / 25.90194; -97.49583
Area less than one acre
Built 1856
Architect Keralum,Father Pierre Y.
Architectural style Gothic Revival
NRHP Reference # 80004085[1]
RTHL # 2617
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 26, 1980
Designated RTHL 1962

Immaculate Conception Cathedral is a historic church at 1218 East Jefferson Street in Brownsville, Texas, United States. It is the cathedral church for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brownsville. It was built in 1856 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 as Immaculate Conception Church.


The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate were the first priests to celebrate Mass in the area of Brownsville in 1849.[2] The present Gothic Revival style building was designed by Peter Yves Keralum. The Oblates operated a seminary in the rectory, which also was a haven for priests who fled the revolutions in Mexico.[2] The first Catholic bishop to reside at Immaculate Conception was Dominic Manucy who was the Vicariate Apostolic of Brownsville. The Vicariate became the Diocese of Corpus Christi in 1912.[3] On July 10, 1965 Pope Paul VI established the Diocese of Brownsville from Corpus Christ[4] and Immaculate Conception became the cathedral for the new diocese.[2]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c "Immaculate Conception Cathedral". Texas Historical Marker. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  3. ^ "Diocese of Corpus Christi". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  4. ^ "Diocese of Brownsville". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 

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