Roman Catholic Diocese of Amarillo

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Diocese of Amarillo
Dioecesis Amarillensis
Diocese of Amarillo coat of arms.jpg
Country  United States of America
Territory Panhandle of Texas
Ecclesiastical province Province of San Antonio
Area 25,800 sq mi (67,000 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
50,237 (11.7%)
Parishes 38
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established August 3, 1926
Cathedral St. Mary's Cathedral
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Patrick Zurek
Bishop of Amarillo
Metropolitan Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller
Archbishop of San Antonio
Emeritus Bishops Leroy Matthiesen
John Walter Yanta
Diocese of Amarillo in Texas.jpg

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Amarillo (Latin: Dioecesis Amarillensis) is a Roman Catholic diocese in Amarillo, Texas. It was founded on August 3, 1926 out of territory taken from the Diocese of Dallas[1] and the Diocese of San Antonio on the same day that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio, its metropolitan see, was elevated to metropolitan status, replacing New Orleans.[2]


The list of ordinaries (bishops of the diocese) and their terms of service:

  1. Rudolph Gerken (1926–1933)
  2. Robert Emmet Lucey (1934–1941)
  3. Laurence Julius FitzSimon (1941–1958)
  4. John Louis Morkovsky (1958–1963)
  5. Lawrence Michael De Falco (1963–1979)
  6. Leroy Theodore Matthiesen (1980–1997)
  7. John Walter Yanta (1997–2008)
  8. Patrick Zurek (2008–present)

Also, Thomas Joseph Drury was a priest of this diocese before being appointed Bishop of San Angelo in 1961.

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Former Cathedrals[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "History of the Diocese of Dallas" (PDF). Diocess of Dallas. Retrieved 2016-11-07. 
  2. ^ "Diocese of Amarillo". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2016-11-07. 

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Coordinates: 35°11′57″N 101°50′43″W / 35.19917°N 101.84528°W / 35.19917; -101.84528