Office of the Bishop

Bishop VasquezBishop Joe S. Vásquez, is the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Austin. He was installed on March 8, 2010. In January 2002, Bishop Vásquez was installed as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Bishop Vásquez was born July 9, 1957 in Stamford, Texas to Juan and Elvira Vásquez. His mother is now deceased. He is the eldest of six siblings, with three brothers: Robert Vásquez, Samuel Vásquez (deceased), and James Vásquez; and two sisters: Cynthia Martínez and Consuelo Garza.

He attended Stamford and Abilene public schools and then studied theology at the University of St. Thomas in Houston from 1976 to 1980. He attended the Gregorian University, North American College, in Rome from 1980 to 1985. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of San Angelo on June 30, 1984 by Bishop Joseph A. Fiorenza.

In the Diocese of San Angelo he served as associate pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Odessa from 1985 to 1987; as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Fort Stockton from 1987 to 1997; and as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in San Angelo from 1997 to 2002.

Bishop Vásquez was the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’s Vicar General/Chancellor, overseeing the administrative operations of the largest diocese in Texas and the 11th largest diocese in the U.S. He has also served as Episcopal Vicar for Hispanics and was the Archdiocesan Liaison for Youth during his years in Galveston-Houston.

He currently serves on the following committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:  Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis; Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs; and the Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America.  Bishop Vásquez serves as the Episcopal Moderator of the National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors of Hispanic Ministry (NCADDHM) and on the Steering Committee of Christian Churches Together (CCT).