Bishops' Offices

Special Collection: Sept. 17-18 for Louisiana flooding

At the request of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops all parishes in the Diocese of Austin are asked to take up a special collection to aid the victims of the 2016 Louisiana floods. The money collected the weekend of Sept. 17-18 will be used to support the humanitarian efforts of Catholic Charities USA and to provide pastoral and rebuilding support to the dioceses with flood damage. For more information, visit USCCB.org.

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Pope Francis responds to hot air balloon tragedy

The Diocese of Austin received a message from Pope Francis, through the Vatican Secretary of State, regarding Saturday’s hot air balloon tragedy near Lockhart, which is in the territory of our diocese. That letter is attached. Bishop Joe Vásquez and Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Garcia are in Krakow, Poland for the World Youth Day gathering. The following statement may be attributed to Bishop Garcia:

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Statement on recent violence

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez, of the Diocese of Austin, issued the following statement on Friday, July 8:

Last night, during a peaceful protest related to the recent shootings and deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, 11 law enforcement officers were shot, five of whom were killed. Our hearts ache for the families of the young men who were killed in Louisiana and Minnesota, and our hearts also ache for the police officers who were wounded and the families of the police officers who were killed in Dallas.

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Bishop Vásquez: Statement on Orlando

Bishop Joe S. Vasquez released the following statement on Monday, June 13, in response to Sunday's mass shooting in Orlando:

Hate in all of its manifestations is a violation of God’s commandment, do not kill.

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Texas Catholic Bishops: Call for Conscience and Faith for Refugees and Security

The Texas Catholic Bishops encourage all parties—including governmental leaders, political officials, and advocates—to avoid impulsive judgments in setting public policies regarding the placement of Syrian refugees.  The horrors of modern terrorism are frightening, but they demand from us a strong renewal of our faith and our commitment to Christian teachings and the common good.

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Texas Catholic Bishops' statement on refugees and security

In this moment of grief for the victims of continued extremist violence in the Middle East and Europe, the Catholic Bishops of Texas pray for our leaders to show judicious discernment to find a means to help those genuine refugees who struggle to find shelter from the violence of their homelands. We must not forget that we are a nation of immigrants.

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Msgr. Schmitt dies at 88

Msgr. Joseph J. Schmitt, at the age of 88 and a Catholic priest for 60 years, died on Oct. 7, 2015, in Austin. He was born on Jan. 6, 1927, in Okawville, Ill.

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