Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Austin form a unified school system made up of 23 Catholic schools ranging from Pre-K to 12th grade that collectively educate over 5,000 students across Central Texas. The entire school system stretches from the city of West in the north to Buda in the south, and from Bryan-College Station area in the east to Killeen in the west.
Office of Catholic Schools, in service to principals and communities, assists Catholic schools in the formation of its members in their spiritual, intellectual, emotional, physical and social lives. The schools, in turn, provide opportunities for its students, families, faculty, staff and board members to grow in a commitment to be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ.
The office also coordinates accreditation, curriculum, testing, training and policy development for the approximately 571 teachers serving in the schools. All of the diocesan schools follow an accreditation process that is prescribed by the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department, recognized by the Texas Education Agency, and directed by the diocesan superintendent’s office. Visit the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Austin's website at www.csdatx.org
The Office of Religious Education and Formation serves the diocese by supporting the faith formation of adults, adolescents and children. The Office offers assistance in educating and forming parish catechetical leaders, catechists, Catholic School personnel as well as those interested in lifelong faith formation.
Through the sacrament of baptism, each person receives a "call" or vocation. God calls all who are baptized to holiness and to serve. This call to holiness and service is lived as a single, married, ordained or consecrated person.
The Office of Vocations promotes the universal call of all Christians and highlights the unique call to church ministries -- priesthood and religious life.
Father Brian McMaster, director; Julie Gray, administrative assistant -- recruits, counsels and assists seminarians during their formation to the priesthood. The office offers programs and retreats for men and women who are interested in discerning a call to the consecrated life. The office also works to increase awareness of the need for vocations. Please visit us at austinvocations.com
Spiritual direction is the art of Christian listening, a sacred relationship in which the director helps someone uncover and discover the direction of God in their lives. A Spiritual director has been called by God and trained to companion another person on the spiritual journey. Spiritual Direction is more about asking the questions than about giving the answers. It is a ministry of the Holy Spirit. The Diocese of Austin sponsors the Institute of Spiritual Direction and the training takes three years. For more information please call Beverly Collin at 254-780-2436 or email her at Beverlyemail@example.com