The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is greatly blessed and enriched by the presence of Catholics from ethnic and language groups that literally encircle the globe. Catholics from most Asian countries, many African countries, the countries of Europe and all of the Americas call the Greater Houston area "home." Their presence and the gift of their languages and cultural traditions enable the Archdiocese to truly experience the universality of the Catholic Church. The word "Catholic" means "universal" and the Archdiocese is deeply blessed that Catholics of so many countries and ethnicities are a part of the family of faith we call the Archdiocese.
As a means of supporting Catholics of the many cultural and linguistic groups, the Archdiocese has established certain ethnic parishes as well as ethnic ministries. These have been established to assist in the sacramental and pastoral care of the people of the particular ethnic group, as well as to educate the greater community as to the linguistic and cultural gifts of the ethnic group.