Bishops' Offices

Bishops statement on termination of DACA

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez and Auxiliary Bishop Daniel E. Garcia of Austin issued the following statement on Sept. 6:

We are profoundly disappointed by the Administration’s decision to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. This decision has created unnecessary fear and anxiety for thousands of youth and their families. Those who entered this country as minors by virtue of their parents’ decision have been protected by DACA since 2012.

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Bishop's statement on Hurricane Harvey

Bishop Joe S. Vasquez, Bishop of Austin released the following statement on Aug. 28, 2017:

“Please join me in praying for our brothers and sisters experiencing the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey.  Let us invoke the protection of our Blessed Mother.”

"Por favor, únanse a mí en oración por nuestros hermanos y hermanas que se encuentran experimentando la devastación causada por el Huracán Harvey. Invoquemos la protección de nuestra Santa Madre."

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Bishops issue statement on hate, violence

Bishop Joe S. Vásquez and Auxiliary Bishop Daniel E. Garcia issued the following statement on Aug. 15:

We give thanks for the decision to cancel the “alt-right” rally that was scheduled for Sept. 11 at Texas A&M University. The safety of the students and peace on the campus at Texas A&M, as well as on all of our university campuses must be a priority.

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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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