175 Years of Faith
On May 4, 1847, the Apostolic See in Rome established the new Diocese of Galveston “when the number of souls” grew in the Texas frontier. The first bishop in Texas, Bishop Jean Marie Odin, along with the Ursuline Sisters, made it their mission to form the area Catholics in their faith and to educate Catholic children. Together they built upon the foundation laid by Franciscan missionaries ministering in Texas since the 17th century. As Pope Francis would remind us, they brought the Lord Jesus to the people on the peripheries.
Today, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, led by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, preaches the Good News of Christ to a flock of more than 1.7 million faithful in 10 counties, served by its 146 parishes, seven missions, 57 Catholic schools and multiple ministries providing healthcare and other services for those in need.
Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Houston City Council honored the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston with a proclamation celebrating its 175th anniversary.
In the News
Holy Family Catholic School will celebrate first island parochial school - Galveston Daily News - June 2, 2022
From the Texas Catholic Herald
Born of the Spirit: Sisters of the Holy Family of New Orleans - Dec. 27, 2022
Basilian Fathers mark bicentennial anniversary - Dec. 13, 2022
The living legacy of St. Mary’s Seminary - Nov. 22, 2022
CDP sisters have served Archdiocese since 1866 - Sept. 27, 2022
Ever faithful: Over 150 years later, CCVI sisters continue ministry - Sept. 13, 2022
Deacons celebrate 50 years of serving God and His people in Houston - Sept. 13, 2022
Galveston Mass opens 175th anniversary celebrations - June 14, 2022