Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin

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Diocese of Austin

Dioecesis Austiniensis
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin.svg
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
MetropolitanAustin, TX
Area57,424 km2 (22,172 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2016)
571,335 (18.5%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedNovember 15, 1947
CathedralSt. Mary's Cathedral, Austin
Patron saintSaint Mary
Current leadership
BishopJoe S. Vásquez
Bishop of Austin
Metropolitan ArchbishopDaniel DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
Auxiliary BishopsDaniel E. Garcia
Diocese of Austin in Texas.jpg
St. Mary's Cathedral in Austin
Diocese of Austin Chancery

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin (Latin: Dioecesis Austiniensis) includes 123 parishes and missions and six university Catholic student centers in 25 counties in Central Texas. 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 585,000 Catholics live in the diocese (2017 estimate). As of 2017, it has 222 priests (184 active, 38 retired), 230 permanent deacons (165 active, 65 retired), approximately 42 brothers and 90 sisters serving in the diocese.[2]


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 Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston as bishop for the Diocese of Austin.[3] On January 21, 2015, Pope Francis appointed Rev. Daniel E. Garcia as the first auxiliary bishop in the history of the diocese.[4] 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)
  3. John E. McCarthy (1985-2001)
  4. Gregory Michael Aymond (2001-2009), appointed Archbishop of New Orleans
  5. Joe S. Vásquez (2010–present)

Coadjutor Bishops[edit]

Auxiliary Bishops[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.[5]


This list is a list of all the parishes in the diocese.[6]
  • Austin Central Deanery
    • Cristo Rey Parish, Austin
    • Holy Cross Parish, Austin
    • Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Austin
    • Our Lady's Maronite Parish, Austin
    • Sacred Heart Parish, Austin
    • San Jose Parish, Austin
    • Santa Barbara Parish, Austin
    • St. Austin Parish, Austin
    • St. Edward's Campus Ministry, Austin
    • St. Ignatius Parish, Austin
    • St. Julia Parish, Austin
    • St. Louis Parish, Austin
    • St. Mary's Cathedral, Austin
    • St. Theresa Parish, Austin
    • University Catholic Center, Austin
  • Austin North Deanery
    • St. Theresa Parish, Austin
    • St. Louis Parish, Austin
    • St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Austin
    • St. Thomas More Parish, Austin
    • St. Albert the Great Parish, Austin
    • Holy Vietnamese Martyrs Parish, Austin
    • Sacred Heart Parish, Austin
    • St. Margaret Mary Parish, Cedar Park
    • St. Mary, Our Lady of the Lake, Lago Vista
  • Austin South Deanery
    • St. Peter The Apostle Parish, Austin
    • St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Austin
    • St. John Neumann Parish, Austin
    • Dolores Parish, Austin
    • St. Paul Parish, Austin
    • St. Andrew Kim Parish, Austin
    • San Francisco Javier Parish, Austin
    • Emmaus Parish, Lakeway
    • San Juan Diego – Stoney Point, Austin
  • Bastrop/Lockhart Deanery
    • Ascension Parish, Bastrop
    • Sacred Heart Parish, Elgin
    • St. Mary Parish, Lockhart
    • St. John Parish, Luling
    • Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Martindale
    • St. Paul Parish, Smithville
    • St. Michael Parish, Uhland
    • Sacred Heart – Rockne, Bastrop
    • St. Mary of the Assumption – String Prairie, Bastrop
  • Brenham/La Grange Deanery
    • St. Mary Parish, Brenham
    • St. Stanislaus Parish, Chappell Hill
    • St. Joseph Parish, Dime Box
    • St. John The Baptist, Fayetteville
    • St. Margaret Parish, Giddings
    • Sacred Heart Parish, La Grange
    • Holy Family Parish, Lexington
    • St. Joseph Parish, Rockdale
    • St. Ann Parish, Somerville
    • St. Mary – Ellinger/Hostyn Hill, Fayetteville
    • Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Washington
    • St. Mary – Pin Oak, Giddings
  • Bryan/College Station Deanery
    • St. Mary Parish, Bremond
    • St. Anthony Parish, Bryan
    • St. Joseph Parish, Bryan
    • Santa Teresa Parish, Bryan
    • St. Mary Parish, Caldwell
    • Holy Rosary, Caldwell
    • St. Mary Catholic Center, College Station
    • St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, College Station
    • St. Francis of Assisi, Franklin
    • St. Mary Parish, Hearne
    • San Salvador, Bryan
  • Georgetown/Round Rock Deanery
    • Santa Rosa Parish, Andice
    • St. Helen Parish, Georgetown
    • Sts. Cyril and Methodius Parish, Granger
    • Holy Trinity Parish, Jarrell
    • St. Joseph Parish, Manor
    • St. Elizabeth Parish, Pflugerville
    • St. Patrick Parish, Hutto
    • St. John Vianney Parish, Round Rock
    • St. William Parish, Round Rock
    • St. Mary of the Assumption, Taylor
    • Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Taylor
  • Killeen/Temple Deanery
    • Christ the King Parish, Belton
    • St. Michael Parish, Burlington
    • St. Joseph Parish – Cyclone, Burlington
    • St. Monica Parish, Cameron[7]
    • Holy Family Parish, Copperas Cove
    • St. Paul Chong Hasang Parish, Harker Heights
    • St. Joseph Parish, Killeen
    • St. Matthew Parish, Rogers
    • St. Stephen Parish, Salado
    • St. Luke Parish, Temple
    • Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Temple
    • St. Mary Parish, Temple
    • Sts. Cyril and Methodius – Marak, Burlington
    • St. Ann – Rosebud, Burlington
    • Church of the Visitation, Lott
  • Lampasas/Marble Falls Deanery
    • Our Mother of Sorrows Parish, Burnet
    • St. Elizabeth Ann Seton – 58th St "Red Team" Chapel, Fort Hood
    • St. Peter Parish, Goldthwaite
    • Our Lady of the Lake Parish, Horseshoe Bay
    • St. Paul the Apostle, Horseshoe Bay
    • St. Charles Borromeo Parish, Kingsland
    • St. Mary Parish, Lampasas
    • Holy Trinity Parish, Llano
    • St. Joseph – Mason, Llano
    • St. John Parish, Marble Falls
    • St. Mary, San Saba
    • Holy Cross, Bertram
    • Good Shepherd – Lometa, Lampasas
  • San Marcos Deanery
    • St. Ferdinand Parish, Blanco
    • Santa Cruz Parish, Buda
    • St. Martin de Porres Parish, Dripping Springs
    • Good Shepherd Parish, Johnson City
    • St. Anthony Marie de Claret, Kyle
    • Our Lady of Wisdom University Parish, San Marcos
    • St. John the Evangelist Parish, San Marcos
    • St. Mary Parish, Wimberley
  • Waco Deanery
    • St. Philip Parish, China Spring
    • Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Gatesville
    • St. Thomas Parish, Hamilton
    • St. Joseph Parish, Marlin
    • St. Eugene Parish, McGregor
    • St. Mary Parish, Mexia
    • St. Mary, Church of the Assumption, Waco
    • St. Francis On The Brazos Parish, Waco
    • St. Louis Parish, Waco
    • Sacred Heart Parish, Waco
    • St. Joseph Parish, Waco
    • St. Peter Catholic Student Center, Waco
    • St. Jerome Parish, Waco
    • St. Mary, Church of the Assumption, West
    • St. Martin – Tours, West
    • St. Joseph – Elk, West
    • Sacred Heart – Lott, Marlin
    • Our Lady of San Juan – Moody, McGregor
    • St. John The Baptist, Waco

Other facilities[edit]

The diocese operates the Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center in Belton, Texas.[8]

High schools[edit]

Financial status[edit]

The Central Administrative Office of the Diocese had revenues of $43.8 million for the fiscal year ending June 2017.[9]


  1. ^ "Diocese of Austin Fact Sheet" (PDF). Diocese of Austin. March 4, 2016.
  2. ^ "Diocese of Austin Fact Sheet" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-01-28.
  3. ^ "Pope names Vasquez to be bishop in Austin". The Brownsville Herald. Associated Press. January 26, 2010. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  4. ^ Beach, Patrick (January 21, 2015). "Pope appoints auxiliary bishop for growing Austin diocese". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved 2016-03-22.
  5. ^ "About The Diocesan Coat of Arms - Catholic Diocese of Austin Texas". 19 June 2010. Archived from the original on 19 June 2010.
  6. ^ "Parishes". Diocese of Austin.
  7. ^
  8. ^ "About Us". Diocese of Austin.
  9. ^ "Financial Statements with Supplementary Information" (PDF). Diocese of Austin. June 30, 2017. Retrieved 2018-01-28.

External links[edit]

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