Roman Catholic Diocese of Amarillo

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Diocese of Amarillo
Dioecesis Amarillensis
Coat of Arms Diocese of Amarillo, TX.svg
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]


Bishops of Amarillo[edit]

The list of bishops and their terms of service:

  1. Rudolph Gerken (1926–1933), appointed Archbishop of Santa Fe
  2. Robert Emmet Lucey (1934–1941), appointed Archbishop of San Antonio
  3. Laurence Julius FitzSimon (1941–1958)
  4. John Louis Morkovsky (1958–1963), appointed Bishop of Galveston-Houston
  5. Lawrence Michael De Falco (1963–1979)
  6. Leroy Theodore Matthiesen (1980–1997)
  7. John Walter Yanta (1997–2008)
  8. Patrick Zurek (2008–present)

Priest of the diocese who also became a bishop[edit]

High schools[edit]

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. 

External links[edit]

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