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Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Archidioecesis Galvestoniensis Houstoniensis

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  • Daniel Nicholas DiNardo, Cardinal, Archbishop
  • George Arthur Sheltz, Auxiliary Bishop
  • Joseph Anthony Fiorenza, Archbishop Emeritus
  • Vincent Michael Rizzotto, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus

Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Elevated: 29 December 2004
  • Metropolitan See
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • State: Texas
  • Country: United States of America
  • Square Kilometers: 23,257 (9,354 Square Miles)
  • Conference Region: X (AR, OK, TX)
  • Catholic Directory Abbreviation: GAL
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: Chancery Office, 1700 San Jacinto St., Houston, TX 77001-8216, USA
  • Telephone: (713)659-5461
  • Fax: 759-9151

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Prefecture Apostolic of Texas
1839ErectedDiocese of Linares o Nueva León Prefecture Apostolic of Texas (erected)
Vicariate Apostolic of Texas
10 July 1841ErectedPrefecture Apostolic of Texas Vicariate Apostolic of Texas (erected)
Diocese of Galveston
4 May 1847ErectedVicariate Apostolic of Texas Diocese of Galveston (erected) (Name changed and Vicariate raised to a Diocese)
19 July 1850Metropolitan ChangedDiocese of Galveston (to New Orleans)
28 August 1874Territory LostDiocese of Galveston Diocese of San Antonio (erected)
28 August 1874Territory LostDiocese of Galveston Vicariate Apostolic of Brownsville (erected)
15 July 1890Territory LostDiocese of Galveston Diocese of Dallas (erected)
15 November 1947Territory LostDiocese of Dallas
Diocese of Galveston
Archdiocese of San Antonio
Diocese of Austin (erected)
Diocese of Galveston-Houston
25 July 1959Name ChangedDiocese of Galveston Diocese of Galveston-Houston
25 June 1966Territory LostDiocese of Galveston-Houston Diocese of Beaumont (erected)
13 April 1982Territory LostDiocese of Corpus Christi
Diocese of Galveston-Houston
Archdiocese of San Antonio
Diocese of Victoria in Texas (erected)
12 December 1986Territory LostDiocese of Beaumont
Diocese of Dallas
Diocese of Galveston-Houston
Diocese of Tyler (erected)
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
29 December 2004ElevatedDiocese of Galveston-Houston Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Prefecture Apostolic of Texas
Vicariate Apostolic of Texas
Diocese of Galveston
Diocese of Galveston-Houston
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Note: Any changes in boundaries over time are not indicated in the above table.

Affiliated Bishops, Living

Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


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