About Us

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin includes 127 parishes, or faith communities, in 25 counties in Central Texas. The diocese stretches from West, Texas, (just north of Waco) in the north to San Marcos in the south to the Bryan/College Station area in the east to Mason in the west. Its largest metropolitan areas are Austin, Bryan/College Station, the Killeen/Temple/Belton area and Waco. Nearly 108,000 Catholic families live in the diocese, approximately 450,000 Catholics. There are 220 priests, 168 deacons, approximately 46 brothers and 102 sisters serving in the diocese.

 

Fact Sheet

Learn about the Diocesan Coat of Arms.

 

Mission Statement

We, the Diocese of Austin, through the Word and Eucharist, prayer, formation and education, social ministries and advocacy, embrace diverse cultures throughout the diocese so that together, as the Catholic Church, we may continue the mission of Christ in the world today.

Directions to the Pastoral Center

 

Diocesan Structure

The Diocese of Austin would like to share its organizational chart. The chart includes all staff at the Pastoral Center, Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center, and the JPII Residence for Priests. The chart is available at the link below. The chart will be updated regularly and will be available on the diocesan website under the “About Us” menu.

Diocesan Organization Chart

 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What and where are the diocese's main offices?

Pastoral Center

(512) 949-2400  

6225 Highway 290 East

Austin, TX 78723-1025

Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center

(254) 780-2436  

P.O. Box 58

Belton, TX 76513-0058

Catholic Charities

(512) 651-6100  

1625 Rutherford Lane

Austin, TX 78754

 

Where's the nearest parish?

The Diocese of Austin has 125 parishes in 25 counties in Central Texas. Use our Parish Locator or click here for a map of the diocese, with towns and cities indicated that have Catholic parishes.

 

Where can I find baptismal or marriage records?

If you know the name of the church in which the sacrament was celebrated, try to contact them first. Click here for a list of the parishes in the Austin Diocese. Click here for a list of other dioceses in Texas. If you are not aware of the church's name, contact the Catholic Archives of Texas or call (512) 476-6296.

 

Does the church have a list of recommended marriage counselors?

The Diocese has a Family Counseling Department who offers individual, marriage and family counseling. Primarily services are offered at the Pastoral Center in Austin, but satellite offices are available in other areas. The Family Counseling Department can also provide a list of referrals for people around the Diocese upon request. Contact the office at (512) 949-2495 for more information.

 

Annulments... Where do I start? How do I check on dispensations?

We have a fact sheet on annulments available on-line. Any questions regarding annulments, dispensations and other related procedures should be directed to one's parish or contact the Tribunal.

 

Someone I know needs financial assistance. Can the church help?

Direct emergency assistance is available through parish social ministries. Click here for the nearest parish and more information. Also, in the Austin area, First Call for Help 211 can provide referrals and information on agencies that provide direct assistance in the Austin area.