We are living in exciting times in the Diocese of Austin. The Austin metro area is experiencing unprecedented growth and constantly ranking at the top of list to show just how great things really are going in the area. Our diocese is booming, and it’s only excepted to keep going for the foreseeable future.
In response to the increasing demands of our Diocese, the Vatican announced that we would receive our first Auxiliary Bishop, Daniel Garcia. He is the first native bishop from our diocese to serve here, but our diocese is still very young by comparison to many of the other diocese in our state and country. This makes us the 4th diocese in Texas to receive an auxiliary, and a welcome help in meeting the needs of the Church in Central Texas.
Bishops are an important part of the Church, and we consider them to be the living Apostles of today. It’s not every day we get a new bishop, and this is only the sixth installation or ordination that we have received in the 68 year history of the local Church. Bishops are our local pastoral leaders of the Church and they have the highest local authority and responsibility of the faithful in the diocese.
The Episcopal Ordination is always an exciting event when the Papal Nuncio comes to the diocese to represent Pope Francis’ authority in appointing the bishop-elect. The bishop-elect is already ordained a priest, but this process consecrates him and elevates him the fullest level of the sacrament of Holy Orders.
I put together this collection of information and images to show the history of bishops from our diocese.
See the full resolution. Please note that this was published a few days before the Episcopal Ordination of our auxiliary bishop.
Sources and Related Links:
- Diocese of Austin Official Site
- How bishops are appointed – USCCB
- Diocese of Austin Fact Sheet
- Read the full description and explanation of the Diocesan Coat of Arms
- Read the History of the Diocese of Austin.
- In-depth facts about the Diocese of Austin.