“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Diocese of Austin

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By David White, December 20, 2017
1. Diocese of Austin Marker

In 1947, the Catholic leaders of the San Antonio, Galveston and Dallas Dioceses voted to surrender counties within their Ecclesiastical jurisdiction to create the Diocese of Austin. This move led to the raising of St. Mary Church in Austin to a Cathedral Church and the selection of Louis J. Reicher, the Prothonotary Apostolic and Chancellor of the Diocese of Galveston, as the first Bishop of the Austin Diocese. The new diocese included parishes, missions, stations, chapels, schools, hospitals and St. Edward's University.

Soon after his installation, Bishop Reicher began construction projects for the diocese. In all, he would build or remodel about 260 buildings. He also helped organize the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, strongly endorsed the Cursillo movement, and established the Diocesan Committee on Human Rights during his 23-year tenure. Reicher's successor, Bishop Vincent Harris, focused on attracting Mexican Americans to religious vocations and worked with social justice issues, all while the diocese ordained record numbers during his 14-year tenure.

Since the 1980s, major focuses of the diocese have included
Diocese of Austin Marker image. Click for full size.
By David White, December 20, 2017
2. Diocese of Austin Marker
This view includes steps of the Diocese of Austin's Chancery building in the distance.
social ministry, missions and formation laity. The diocese has aided non-Catholics as well through its hospitals, healthcare and daycare centers, and other health facilities. Catholic schools in the diocese have also educated thousands of students. By 2008, the Diocese of Austin included 125 parishes in 25 counties. Today, it continues to provide for the spiritual needs of area Catholics, as well as to the educational, health and social needs of residents throughout Central Texas.
Erected 2008 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14420.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion.
Location. 30° 16.685′ N, 97° 44.355′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is on Congress Avenue near East 16th Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1600 North Congress Avenue, Austin TX 78701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gethsemane Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Carrington-Covert House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Swedish Evangelical Free Church (about 500 feet away); Moses Austin (about 500 feet away); State Bar of Texas (about 700 feet away);
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Scottish Rite Temple (approx. 0.2 miles away); Statue of Liberty Replica (approx. 0.2 miles away); Scholz Garten (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 9, 2021, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 9, 2021, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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