Roman Catholic Diocese of Brownsville

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brownsville (Latin: Dioecesis Brownsvillensis, Spanish: Diócesis de Brownsville) is a Latin Rite suffragan diocese in the ecclesiastical province of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, in Texas, USA.

Diocese of Brownsville

Dioecesis Brownsvillensis

Diócesis de Brownsville
Immaculate Conception Cathedral, a historic church in Brownsville, Texas LCCN2014630477.tif
Immaculate Conception Cathedral
Coat of arms of the Diocese of Brownsville
Coat of arms
Country United States
TerritoryCounties of Starr, Willacy, Hidalgo, and Cameron counties in Southern Texas
Ecclesiastical provinceGalveston-Houston
MetropolitanDaniel DiNardo
Area4,226 sq mi (10,950 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2012)
1,074,477 (85.0%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
RiteRoman Rite
EstablishedJuly 10, 1965
CathedralImmaculate Conception Cathedral
Current leadership
BishopDaniel E. Flores
Auxiliary BishopsMario Alberto Avilés
Bishops emeritusRaymundo Joseph Peña
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Its cathedral episcopal see is the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, in Brownsville, Texas.
It also has a Minor Basilica& National Shrine: Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle - National Shrine in San Juan, Texas.


  • Founded on 1874.08.28 as Apostolic Vicariate of Brownsville / Brownsvillen(sis) (Latin), of territory split off from the then Diocese of Galveston.
  • Suppressed on 1912.03.23, its territory being reassigned to establish the Diocese of Corpus Christi (also Texan)
  • Restored (and promoted) on 10 July 1965 as Diocese of Brownsville / Brovnsvillen(sis) (Latin), regaining its territory from the above Diocese of Corpus Christi.


As per 2014, it pastorally served 1,090,000 Catholics (85.0% of 1,283,000 total) on 111,125 km² in 71 parishes, 3 missions, 118 priests (85 diocesan, 33 religious), 92 deacons, 140 lay religious (52 brothers, 88 sisters), 18 seminarians.

The Diocese has the highest percentage of Catholics to total diocese population in the United States: as of 2006 there were 943,611 Catholics among a total population of 1,110,130, or 85.0%.[1]

Episcopal ordinariesEdit

Bishops of BrownsvilleEdit

  1. Adolph Marx (1965)[2]
  2. Humberto Sousa Medeiros (1966-1970), appointed Archbishop of Boston (elevated to Cardinal in 1973)
  3. John Joseph Fitzpatrick (1971-1991)
  4. Enrique San Pedro, S.J. (1991-1994)
  5. Raymundo Joseph Peña (1994-2009)
  6. Daniel E. Flores (2009-present)

Coadjutor BishopEdit

Auxiliary BishopEdit

Other priest of this diocese who became bishopEdit

Catholic EducationEdit

Middle and elementary schoolsEdit

The diocese operates the following schools: Guadalupe Regional Middle School, 6-8 (Brownsville); St. Joseph's School, PK-8 (Edinburg); St. Mary's School, PK-6 (Brownsville); St. Luke's School, PK-8 (Brownsville); Our Lady of Sorrows School, PK-8 (McAllen); St. Anthony's School, PK-8 (Harlingen); Incarnate Word School, PK-8 (Brownsville); St. Martin de Porras School, PK-3 (Weslaco); Oratory Academy, PK-8 (Pharr); Our Lady of Guadalupe School, PK-6 (Mission); Immaculate Conception School, PK-8 (Rio Grande City).

High schoolsEdit

Public broadcastingEdit

The diocese's radio and television stations are operated under the license name of RGV Educational Broadcasting, Inc.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Diocese of Brownsville". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
  2. ^
  3. ^ About Us

Sources and external linksEdit

Coordinates: 25°55′49″N 97°29′04″W / 25.93028°N 97.48444°W / 25.93028; -97.48444