Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin

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Diocese of Austin

Dioecesis Austiniensis
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St. Mary's Cathedral
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin.svg
Coat of arms
Country United States
TerritoryCounties of Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Brazos, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Coryell, Falls, Hamilton, Hays, Lampasas, Lee, Limestone, Llano, Mason, McLennan, Milam, Mills, Robertson, San Saba, Travis, Washington, and Williamson, and the part of Fayette County north of the Colorado River
Ecclesiastical provinceRoman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Area57,424 km2 (22,172 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics (including non-members)
(as of 2016)
571,335 (18.5%)
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedNovember 15, 1947
CathedralSt. Mary's Cathedral, Austin
Patron saintOur Lady of the Immaculate Conception[2]
Current leadership
BishopJoe S. Vásquez
Bishop of Austin
Metropolitan ArchbishopDaniel DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
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Diocese of Austin Chancery

The Diocese of Austin (Latin: Dioecesis Austiniensis) is a Latin Church ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Catholic Church comprising 25 counties of Central Texas in the United States. The diocese includes 123 parishes and missions and six university Catholic student centers. The diocese stretches from West, Texas, (just north of Waco) in the north to San Marcos in the south to the Bryan - College Station area in the east to Mason in the west. Its largest metropolitan areas are Austin, Bryan – College Station, the Killeen – Temple – Fort Hood area and Waco. The diocese estimates over 625,000 Catholics live in the diocese.

As of 2021, it has 216 priests (168 active, 48 retired), 240 permanent deacons (160 active, 80 retired), approximately 30 brothers and 84 sisters serving in the diocese.[3] The Diocese of Austin is a suffragan diocese in the ecclesiastical province of the metropolitan Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.


Pope Pius XII established the diocese on November 15, 1947. It is suffragan to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Pope Benedict XVI announced on January 26, 2010, that he selected Joe S. Vazquez, previously auxiliary bishop and Vicar General/Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston as bishop for the Diocese of Austin.[4] On January 21, 2015, Pope Francis appointed Rev. Daniel E. Garcia as the first auxiliary bishop in the history of the diocese.[5] At the time of his appointment Fr. Garcia was serving as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia.


Bishops of Austin[edit]

  1. Louis Joseph Reicher (1947-1971)
  2. Vincent Madeley Harris (1971-1985; Coadjutor 1971)
  3. John E. McCarthy (1985-2001)
  4. Gregory Michael Aymond (2001-2009; Coadjutor 2000-2001), appointed Archbishop of New Orleans
  5. Joe S. Vásquez (2010–present)

Former Auxiliary Bishop of Austin[edit]

Other bishops who were priests of this diocese[edit]

The diocesan coat of arms[edit]

The coat of arms of the diocese is based on an old coat of arms associated with early Austen or Austin families (in honor of Stephen F. Austin), adapted to express appropriate religious symbolism.[6]

Other facilities[edit]

The diocese operates the Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center in Belton, Texas.[7]


High schools

Financial status[edit]

The Central Administrative Office of the Diocese had revenues of $52.4 million for the fiscal year ending June 2021.[8]


  1. ^ "Diocese of Austin Fact Sheet" (PDF). Diocese of Austin.
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  3. ^ "Diocese of Austin Fact Sheet" (PDF). Retrieved 2021-06-26.
  4. ^ "Pope names Vasquez to be bishop in Austin". The Brownsville Herald. Associated Press. January 26, 2010. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  5. ^ Beach, Patrick (January 21, 2015). "Pope appoints auxiliary bishop for growing Austin diocese". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved 2016-03-22.
  6. ^ "About The Diocesan Coat of Arms - Catholic Diocese of Austin Texas". 19 June 2010. Archived from the original on 19 June 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  7. ^ "About Us". Diocese of Austin.
  8. ^ "Financial Statements with Supplementary Information" (PDF). Diocese of Austin. June 30, 2021. Retrieved 2021-11-11.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 30°15′00″N 97°45′00″W / 30.2500°N 97.7500°W / 30.2500; -97.7500