Discover the Diocese of Austin

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin (LatinDioecesis Austiniensis) includes 125 parishes, or faith communities, in 25 counties inCentral 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. Nearly 108,000 Catholic families live in the diocese, or approximately 450,000 Catholics. There are almost 200 priests, 180 deacons, approximately 40 brothers and 110 sisters serving in the diocese.

History

The diocese was founded on November 15, 1947. It is suffragan to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. It was announced on January 26, 2010 that Joe S. Vazquez, previously auxiliary bishop and Vicar General/Chancellor of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston would be installed as bishop for the Diocese of Austin.

Bishops

Diocesan bishops

Other bishop who was a priest of this diocese

The diocesan coat of arms

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.

About Us

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin includes 127 parishes, or faith communities, 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/Belton area and Waco. Nearly 108,000 Catholic families live in the diocese, approximately 450,000 Catholics. There are 220 priests, 168 deacons, approximately 46 brothers and 102 sisters serving in the diocese.

Fact Sheet
Learn about the Diocesan Coat of Arms.

Mission Statement

We, the Diocese of Austin, through the Word and Eucharist, prayer, formation and education, social ministries and advocacy, embrace diverse cultures throughout the diocese so that together, as the Catholic Church, we may continue the mission of Christ in the world today.
Directions to the Pastoral Center

Diocesan Structure

The Diocese of Austin would like to share its organizational chart. The chart includes all staff at the Pastoral Center, Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center, and the JPII Residence for Priests. The chart is available at the link below. The chart will be updated regularly and will be available on the diocesan website under the “About Us” menu.
Diocesan Organization Chart

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What and where are the diocese's main offices?

Pastoral Center

(512) 949-2400  
6225 Highway 290 East
Austin, TX 78723-1025

Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center

(254) 780-2436  
P.O. Box 58
Belton, TX 76513-0058

Catholic Charities

(512) 651-6100  
1625 Rutherford Lane
Austin, TX 78754

  Where's the nearest parish?

The Diocese of Austin has 125 parishes in 25 counties in Central Texas. Use our Parish Locator or click here for a map of the diocese, with towns and cities indicated that have Catholic parishes.

  Where can I find baptismal or marriage records?

If you know the name of the church in which the sacrament was celebrated, try to contact them first.Click here for a list of the parishes in the Austin Diocese. Click here for a list of other dioceses in Texas. If you are not aware of the church's name, contact the Catholic Archives of Texas or call (512) 476-6296.

Does the church have a list of recommended marriage counselors?

The Diocese has a Family Counseling Department who offers individual, marriage and family counseling. Primarily services are offered at the Pastoral Center in Austin, but satellite offices are available in other areas. The Family Counseling Department can also provide a list of referrals for people around the Diocese upon request. Contact the office at (512) 949-2495 for more information.

Annulments... Where do I start? How do I check on dispensations?

We have a fact sheet on annulments available on-line. Any questions regarding annulments, dispensations and other related procedures should be directed to one's parish or contact the Tribunal.

Someone I know needs financial assistance. Can the church help?

Direct emergency assistance is available through parish social ministries. Click here for the nearest parish and more information. Also, in the Austin area, First Call for Help 211 can provide referrals and information on agencies that provide direct assistance in the Austin area.

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, is the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Austin. He was installed on March 8, 2010. In January 2002, Bishop Vásquez was installed as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
Bishop Vásquez was born July 9, 1957 in Stamford, Texas to Juan and Elvira Vásquez. His mother is now deceased. He is the eldest of six siblings, with three brothers: Robert Vásquez, Samuel Vásquez (deceased), and James Vásquez; and two sisters: Cynthia Martínez and Consuelo Garza.
He attended Stamford and Abilene public schools and then studied theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston from 1976 to 1980. He attended the Gregorian University, North American College, in Rome from 1980 to 1985. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of San Angelo on June 30, 1984 by Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza.
In the Diocese of San Angelo he served as associate pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Odessa from 1985 to 1987; as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Fort Stockton from 1987 to 1997; and as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in San Angelo from 1997 to 2002.
Bishop Vásquez was the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’s Vicar General/Chancellor, overseeing the administrative operations of the largest diocese in Texas and the 11th largest diocese in the U.S. He has also served as Episcopal Vicar for Hispanics and was the Archdiocesan Liaison for Youth during his years in Galveston-Houston.
He currently serves on the following committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:  Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis; Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs; and theSubcommittee on the Church in Latin America.  Bishop Vásquez serves as the Episcopal Moderator of the National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors of Hispanic Ministry (NCADDHM) and on the Steering Committee of Christian Churches Together (CCT).

 

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