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Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Who We Are

Recapitulation of Statistics for 2012
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

Established as a Diocese in 1847
Elevated to Archdiocese in 2004
Square Miles = 8,880

Re-designated Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston on Dec. 29, 2004. The Archdiocese comprises the counties of Austin, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker and Waller in the State of Texas.

Cardinal 1 Seminaries in Archdiocese 1
Auxiliary Bishops 1 Seminary Students from Archdiocese 21
Retired Bishops 2 Seminary Students from other Dioceses 59
Diocesan Priests active in Archdiocese 139 Diocesan Students in other Seminaries 30
Diocesan Priests active outside Archdiocese 4 Religious Seminaries 5
Diocesan Priests in Foreign Missions 1 Religious Students 11
Priests: Retired, Sick or Absent 60 Total Seminarians 121
Total Diocesan Priests 204    
Religious Order Priests in Archdiocese 205 Colleges and Universities 1
Extern Priests in Archdiocese 40      Total Students 3,711
Personal Prelature Priests in Archdiocese 5 High Schools, Diocesan/Parochial 0
Total Priests 454      Total Students (9-12) 0
    High School, Private 9
Priests of Other Catholic Rites in Archdiocese 7      Total Students 4,762
Ordinations: Diocesan Priests 6 Junior High Schools, Diocesan & Parochial 0
Ordinations: Religious Order Priest  0      Total Student 0
Ordinations: Transitional Deacons 1 Elementary School, Diocesan/Parochial 44
Ordinations: Permanent Deacons 0      Total Students 11,701
Permanent Deacons in Archdiocese 386 Elementary School/Private 6
Total Brothers 112      Total Student 2,132
Total Sisters 449 Non-Residential Schools for Handicapped 0
         Total Student 0
Religious Education High School Students 17,801
Resident Pastor - Diocesan Priest 104 Religious Education Elementary Students 68,029
Resident Pastor - Religious Order Priest 38
Without Resident Pastor - Administer by Priests 3 Total Students under Catholic Instruction 107,814
Missions 7 Teachers in Archdiocese: Priests 7
Other Pastoral Centers with permanent assistance (stations) 18 Teachers in Archdiocese: Scholastics 4
New Parishes Created 0 Teachers in Archdiocese: Male Religious 0
New Missions Created 0
Reduction in Number of Parishes 0 Teachers in Archdiocese: Sisters 27
    Teachers in Archdiocese: Lay Teachers 1,200
Catholic Hospitals 3 VITAL STATISTICS  
     Total Assisted 221,837 Infant Baptisms 9,883
Health Care Centers, Ancillary Care Systems, Medical
Centers, Sanatoriums, Hospices
7 1- to 7-year-olds: Baptisms 12,099
     Total Assisted 58,269 Adult Baptisms 2,216
Homes for the Aged 4 Received into Full Communion 833
     Total Assisted  469 First Communions 21,677
Residential Care of Children  4 Confirmations 11,183
     Total Assisted  927 Marriages: Catholic 2,559
Day Care Centers  38 Marriages: Interfaith 733
     Number Assisted annually 3,498 Total Marriages 3,292
Specialized Homes 5 Deaths 3,965
     Total Assisted 10,885 Total Catholic Population 1,181,398
Special Centers for Social Services 10 Total Population 6,249,904
    Total Assisted 715,250  

What We Do

The Catholics of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston welcome you! We are a multicultural Church with active members from every continent of the world. We pray and celebrate in over 14 languages in 146 parishes. We participate in activities of social justice, support the good works of persons in other countries, prepare our children and young people to be responsible members of the community — and we do all this in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Today, more than 1.2 million Catholics live within the boundaries of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, making it the diocese with the largest Catholic population in the state of Texas and the 12th largest in the United States. The Archdiocese is led by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston. 

We invite you to visit one of our parishes or schools, take part in any of our social, pastoral or educational ministriespray with us or get involved in our work of spreading God's love to all people.