Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin

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Diocese of Austin
Dioecesis Austiniensis
CoA Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin.svg
Country United States
Territory Counties 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 Counties and the part of Fayette County north of the Colorado River
Ecclesiastical province Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
Metropolitan Austin, TX
Area 57,424 km2 (22,172 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2016)
571,335 (18.5%)
Parishes 123[1]
Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established November 15, 1947
Cathedral St. Mary's Cathedral, Austin
Patron saint Saint Mary
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Joe S. Vásquez
Bishop of Austin
Metropolitan Archbishop Daniel DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
Auxiliary Bishops Daniel E. Garcia
Emeritus Bishops John E. McCarthy
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 571,000 Catholics live in the diocese (2016 estimate). As of 2016, it has 226 priests (183 active, 43 retired), 207 permanent deacons (168 active, 39 retired), approximately 43 brothers and 86 sisters serving in the diocese.[1]


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.[2] On January 21, 2015, Pope Francis appointed Rev. Daniel E. Garcia as the first auxiliary bishop in the history of the diocese.[3] At the time of his appointment Fr. Garcia was serving as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia.


Diocesan bishops[edit]

The list of bishops and their terms of service:

  1. Louis Joseph Reicher (29 Nov 1947 Appointed – 15 Nov 1971 Retired)
  2. Vincent Madeley Harris (15 Nov 1971 Succeeded – 25 Feb 1985 Resigned) (coadjutor, 1971)
  3. John E. McCarthy (19 Dec 1985 Appointed – 2 Jan 2001 Retired)
  4. Gregory Michael Aymond (2 Jan 2001 Succeeded – 12 Jun 2009 Appointed, Archbishop of New Orleans, Louisiana)[4] (coadjutor, 2000-2001)
  5. Joe S. Vásquez (26 January 2010 Appointed – present) [5]

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.[6]


This list is a list of all the parishes in the diocese.[7]
  • 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
    • 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 $40.7 million for the fiscal year ending June 2016.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Diocese of Austin Fact Sheet" (PDF). Diocese of Austin. March 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Pope names Vasquez to be bishop in Austin". The Brownsville Herald. Associated Press. January 26, 2010. Retrieved 2016-03-23. 
  3. ^ Beach, Patrick (January 21, 2015). "Pope appoints auxiliary bishop for growing Austin diocese". Austin American-Statesman. Retrieved 2016-03-22. 
  4. ^ "Diocese of Austin". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  5. ^ "Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez". Diocese of Austin. Retrieved 2016-03-23. 
  6. ^ About The Diocesan Coat of Arms - Catholic Diocese of Austin Texas
  7. ^ "Parishes". Diocese of Austin. 
  8. ^ "About Us". Diocese of Austin. 
  9. ^ "Financial Statements with Supplementary Information" (PDF). Diocese of Austin. June 30, 2016. Retrieved 2017-01-15. 

External links[edit]

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