The Archbishop is the visible head of and foundation of unity in the local Church (Archdiocese) entrusted to him by the pope, the successor of Peter. The archbishop is also the link between the local Church and the universal Church.
The archbishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, who is shepherd to more than 1.7 million Catholics in the 10-county region of the Archdiocese.
As a successor of the apostles, the archbishop is responsible for the mission of the Church in the Archdiocese. He needs the collaboration of the clergy, religious and laity to proclaim the Word of God and celebrate the sacraments for the redemption and salvation of God's people. Through his collaborators in the Archdiocesan departments and agencies, parishes, schools and hospitals, the archbishop plans and directs the apostolic work of the Church of Galveston-Houston.
Auxiliary bishops are given to an archbishop, especially if the Archdiocese is extensive and very populous, either to assist him in his entire ministry, in some particular pastoral duties, or in caring for a part of the Archdiocese. Bishop George A. Sheltz was named auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston on Feb. 21, 2012.
After leading the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston as bishop and archbishop since 1985, Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza was granted retirement by Pope Benedict XVI on Feb. 28, 2006.
Retired Auxiliary Bishop Vincent M. Rizzotto, who was ordained on July 31, 2001, was granted retirement by Pope Benedict XVI on Nov. 6, 2006.