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  • October 15, 2014
    Many people, groups and events played a part in the establishment and growth of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. This section features as many of them as possible, grouping them by eras when they were active.
  • October 15, 2014
    Many people, groups and events played a part in the establishment and growth of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. This section features as many of them as possible, grouping them by eras when they were active.
  • October 15, 2014
    Many people, groups and events played a part in the establishment and growth of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. This section features as many of them as possible, grouping them by eras when they were active.
  • October 15, 2014
    Many people, groups and events played a part in the establishment and growth of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. This section features as many of them as possible, grouping them by eras when they were active.
  • October 15, 2014
    Many people, groups and events played a part in the establishment and growth of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. This section features as many of them as possible, grouping them by eras when they were active.
  • October 15, 2014
    Many people, groups and events played a part in the establishment and growth of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. This section features as many of them as possible, grouping them by eras when they were active.
  • October 15, 2014
    Many people, groups and events played a part in the establishment and growth of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. This section features as many of them as possible, grouping them by eras when they were active.
  • October 15, 2014
    Many people, groups and events played a part in the establishment and growth of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. This section features as many of them as possible, grouping them by eras when they were active.
  • October 15, 2014
    Many people, groups and events played a part in the establishment and growth of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. This section features as many of them as possible, grouping them by eras when they were active.
  • October 15, 2014
    Many people, groups and events played a part in the establishment and growth of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. This section features as many of them as possible, grouping them by eras when they were active.
  • October 15, 2014
    Many people, groups and events played a part in the establishment and growth of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. This section features as many of them as possible, grouping them by eras when they were active.
  • October 15, 2014
    Many people, groups and events played a part in the establishment and growth of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. This section features as many of them as possible, grouping them by eras when they were active.
  • October 15, 2014
    Many people, groups and events played a part in the establishment and growth of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. This section features as many of them as possible, grouping them by eras when they were active.
  • October 15, 2014
    Many people, groups and events played a part in the establishment and growth of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. This section features as many of them as possible, grouping them by eras when they were active.
  • October 15, 2014
    Many people, groups and events played a part in the establishment and growth of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. This section features as many of them as possible, grouping them by eras when they were active.
  • October 15, 2014
    Many people, groups and events played a part in the establishment and growth of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. This section features as many of them as possible, grouping them by eras when they were active.
  • October 15, 2014
    Many people, groups and events played a part in the establishment and growth of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. This section features as many of them as possible, grouping them by eras when they were active.
  • October 15, 2014
    Many people, groups and events played a part in the establishment and growth of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. This section features as many of them as possible, grouping them by eras when they were active.
  • October 15, 2014
    Her art touched many lives...
  • October 15, 2014
    The Beautiful Story of the Eucharist told in colored glass …erected as a memorial to their loved faithful departed whose souls are recommended to the charity of your prayers” so reads the bronze commemorative tablet listing the names of the donors at the rear of the Cathedral nave.
  • October 15, 2014
    Antonio Garcia, a studio artist, muralist, portrait painter and art educator in Corpus Christi for many years, painted a mural of the Immaculate Conception, which soars over 44 feet from the sanctuary floor to the ceiling of the chapel. It was done in 1960 for what was then the Corpus Christi Minor Seminary Chapel. It was commissioned during the administration of Bishop M. S. Garriga.
  • October 15, 2014
    A rendering of St. Patrick, begun in 1897, was painted by Eugenie Lavender, a member of the original Cathedral parish. French-born and trained at the Louvre, Lavender gave freely of her talents to produce several fine paintings for St. Patrick Church.
  • October 15, 2014
    See a video about the paintings of Eugenie Lavender here.
  • October 15, 2014
    Muchas personas desempeñaron un papel en el establecimiento y crecimiento de la Diócesis de Corpus Christi. Esta sección presenta el mayor número posible de ellos, agrupándolos por épocas en que que estuvieron activos.
  • October 15, 2014
    Muchas personas desempeñaron un papel en el establecimiento y crecimiento de la Diócesis de Corpus Christi. Esta sección presenta el mayor número posible de ellos, agrupándolos por épocas en que que estuvieron activos.
  • October 15, 2014
    Muchas personas desempeñaron un papel en el establecimiento y crecimiento de la Diócesis de Corpus Christi. Esta sección presenta el mayor número posible de ellos, agrupándolos por épocas en que que estuvieron activos.
  • October 15, 2014
    Muchas personas desempeñaron un papel en el establecimiento y crecimiento de la Diócesis de Corpus Christi. Esta sección presenta el mayor número posible de ellos, agrupándolos por épocas en que que estuvieron activos.
  • October 15, 2014
    Muchas personas desempeñaron un papel en el establecimiento y crecimiento de la Diócesis de Corpus Christi. Esta sección presenta el mayor número posible de ellos, agrupándolos por épocas en que que estuvieron activos.
  • October 15, 2014
    Muchas personas desempeñaron un papel en el establecimiento y crecimiento de la Diócesis de Corpus Christi. Esta sección presenta el mayor número posible de ellos, agrupándolos por épocas en que que estuvieron activos.
  • October 15, 2014
    Muchas personas desempeñaron un papel en el establecimiento y crecimiento de la Diócesis de Corpus Christi. Esta sección presenta el mayor número posible de ellos, agrupándolos por épocas en que que estuvieron activos.
  • October 15, 2014
    Muchas personas desempeñaron un papel en el establecimiento y crecimiento de la Diócesis de Corpus Christi. Esta sección presenta el mayor número posible de ellos, agrupándolos por épocas en que que estuvieron activos.
  • October 15, 2014
    Muchas personas desempeñaron un papel en el establecimiento y crecimiento de la Diócesis de Corpus Christi. Esta sección presenta el mayor número posible de ellos, agrupándolos por épocas en que que estuvieron activos.
  • October 15, 2014
    Muchas personas desempeñaron un papel en el establecimiento y crecimiento de la Diócesis de Corpus Christi. Esta sección presenta el mayor número posible de ellos, agrupándolos por épocas en que que estuvieron activos.
  • October 15, 2014
    Muchas personas desempeñaron un papel en el establecimiento y crecimiento de la Diócesis de Corpus Christi. Esta sección presenta el mayor número posible de ellos, agrupándolos por épocas en que que estuvieron activos.
  • October 15, 2014
    Muchas personas desempeñaron un papel en el establecimiento y crecimiento de la Diócesis de Corpus Christi. Esta sección presenta el mayor número posible de ellos, agrupándolos por épocas en que que estuvieron activos.
  • October 15, 2014
    Muchas personas desempeñaron un papel en el establecimiento y crecimiento de la Diócesis de Corpus Christi. Esta sección presenta el mayor número posible de ellos, agrupándolos por épocas en que que estuvieron activos.
  • October 15, 2014
    Muchas personas desempeñaron un papel en el establecimiento y crecimiento de la Diócesis de Corpus Christi. Esta sección presenta el mayor número posible de ellos, agrupándolos por épocas en que que estuvieron activos.
  • October 15, 2014
    Muchas personas desempeñaron un papel en el establecimiento y crecimiento de la Diócesis de Corpus Christi. Esta sección presenta el mayor número posible de ellos, agrupándolos por épocas en que que estuvieron activos.
  • October 15, 2014
    Muchas personas desempeñaron un papel en el establecimiento y crecimiento de la Diócesis de Corpus Christi. Esta sección presenta el mayor número posible de ellos, agrupándolos por épocas en que que estuvieron activos.
  • October 15, 2014
    Muchas personas desempeñaron un papel en el establecimiento y crecimiento de la Diócesis de Corpus Christi. Esta sección presenta el mayor número posible de ellos, agrupándolos por épocas en que que estuvieron activos.
  • October 14, 2014
    Video of Centennial Jubilee Preparations
  • October 14, 2014
    All Historical Markers
  • October 14, 2014
    The scrapbook is a collection of 40 pictures taken of various churches, chapels, rectories and schools around the diocese during the administration of Bishop E. B Ledvina. Most are annotated in his own hand.* They are a silent testimony to the growth of the faith around the diocese, which at that time included the Valley and Laredo.
  • November 1, 2013 | by Msgr. Michael Howell, Contributor
    When the Vicariate of Brownsville was raised to the status of a diocese in March 1912, the wooden church of St. Patrick’s built by Bishop Dominic Manucy in the early 1880s on the southwest corner of the intersection of N. Carancahua and Antelope Streets in Corpus Christi was designated the first cathedral of the newly named Diocese of Corpus Christi.
  • October 1, 2013 | by Msgr. Michael Howell, Contributor
    The bishop’s house currently under renovation is one in a long line of homes that the bishops of Corpus Christi have used both as a home and office over the years.
  • August 1, 2013 | by Msgr. Michael Howell, Contributor
    This is the third and final installment on the Coats of Arms of the bishops of Corpus Christi.
  • July 1, 2013 | by Msgr. Michael Howell, Contributor
    This the second in a three-part series of stories on the coat of arms of each bishop of Corpus Christi.
  • June 3, 2013 | by Msgr. Michael Howell Contributor
    This the first in a three-part series of stories on the coat of arms of each bishop of Corpus Christi.
  • May 1, 2013 | by Alfredo E. Cardenas, South Texas Catholic
    In April 1931, the Claretian Provincial Secretary in Mexico City informed Corpus Christi Bishop Emmanuel Ledvina that they could no longer serve the parish in San Diego. He informed the bishop that the order simply did not have enough priests who could “speak and preach in correct English.”
  • April 1, 2013 | by Msgr. Michael Howell, Contributor
    The sisters “were wakened by the wind about 4 o’clock Sunday morning and found rain leaking into the building.” As the storm approached Corpus Christi North Beach on September 1919, the bay water began to fill the front yard close to the buildings of Spohn Sanitarium and the anxious sisters went to the chapel to pray.
  • March 1, 2013 | by Msgr. Michael Howell, Contributor
    The Jubilee Year of 2000 heralded new beginnings for the Diocese of Corpus Christi, but thankfully it was not the predicted Y2K disaster so feared by many. Instead there were “tidings of great joy” in the announcement of a new bishop and a new diocese.
  • February 1, 2013 | by Timothy Hatch, Correspondent
    The introduction of the vernacular at Mass in October 1967 was a breath of fresh air to the Church. Looking back on the big change today, many people who remember when these changes were implemented still hold to this opinion.
  • February 1, 2013 | by Msgr. Michael Howell, Contributor
    As the world prepared for the end of the second millennium in 2000, hearts were filled with both joyous anticipation and a degree of fearful anxiety. Some predicted dire times, the failure of computers and all systems dependent on them, even the second coming of Christ. The people of the Diocese of Corpus Christi too were anxiously awaiting a change in its spiritual leader.
  • December 31, 2012 | by Msgr. Michael Howell, Contributor
    Having weathered a time of great changes and development, Bishop Thomas Drury was ready at the time of his retirement to hand over responsibilities to a younger man who had brought many experiences with him to the role of chief shepherd for the Diocese of Corpus Christi.
  • November 30, 2012 | by Geraldine McGloin, Correspondent
    Following the recommendations of the Second Vatican Council, in 1967 Pope Paul VI restored the ancient practice of ordaining to the diaconate men who were not candidates for priestly ordination.
  • November 30, 2012 | by Msgr. Michael Howell, Contributor
    As the Second Vatican Council concluded in 1965, the Diocese of Corpus Christi faced a new era. The implementation of the reforms of Vatican II preoccupied the next decades of the Church in south Texas under the administration of Bishop Thomas J. Drury.
  • October 2, 2012 | by Msgr. Michael Howell, Contributor
    In 1948, Bishop Emmanuel Ledvina turned 80-years-old and had served almost 30 years as the chief shepherd of the Diocese of Corpus Christi during times of destruction and development.On March 15, 1949, his much-deserved retirement was announced from Rome, and the Church in South Texas prepared to begin a new decade under the direction of a native son.
  • September 5, 2012
    In November 1905 the remains of Father John Gonnard and three companions were transferred from the cemetery next to the parish church in Corpus Christi to Holy Cross Cemetery for final interment under the supervision of Msgr. Claude Jaillet. This was the final journey in this world for a young man who had traveled far from his home in France to nurture the Catholic faith in a rugged area called Texas.
  • August 1, 2012 | by Msgr. Michael Howell, Contributor
    The 1940s were years marked by great achievements and great sacrifices for the Diocese of Corpus Christi.
  • June 29, 2012 | by Msgr. Michael Howell Contributor
    The 1920s was a time of challenge for Bishop Emmanuel B. Ledvina, the new young shepherd of the Diocese of Corpus Christi.
  • June 1, 2012 | by Msgr. Michael Howell, Contributor
    Each year on Feb. 22, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of the “Chair of St. Peter.” It might seem rather strange to even Catholics that a day would be dedicated to honoring a chair.
  • June 1, 2012 | by Msgr. Michael Howell, Contributor
    The first decade of the Diocese of Corpus Christi had been hard on its first shepherd, Bishop Paul Nussbaum, who suffered numerous painful experiences that slowly broke his stamina. What the diocese needed at this point was a strong worker, ready to build up people, structures and programs. The people of south Texas were not disappointed in the arrival of its next bishop, Emmanuel Boleslaus Ledvina who came to be known as “the great builder.”
  • May 14, 2012
    The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized St. Joseph Cemetery in Beeville as a significant part of Texas history by awarding it an official Texas Historical Marker. The designation honors St. Joseph Cemetery as an important and educational part of local, state and national history.
  • May 1, 2012
    The Diocese of Corpus Christi’s traveling exhibit “Becoming the Body of Christ” is showing at La Retama Central Library, located at 805 Comanche in Corpus Christi until Friday, June 1. The exhibit depicts the growth of the diocese since its beginning in 1912 to recent times.
  • May 1, 2012
    According to Canon Law, “The sacrament of confirmation strengthens the baptized and obliges them more firmly to be witnesses of Christ by word and deed and to spread and defend the faith. It imprints a character, enriches by the gift of the Holy Spirit the baptized continuing on the path of Christian initiation, and binds them more perfectly to the Church.”
  • May 1, 2012 | by Alfredo E. Cardenas South Texas Catholic
    On April 3, Bishop Wm. Michael Mulvey celebrated the annual Chrism Mass at Corpus Christi Cathedral with more than 100 priests of the diocese present to renew the promises they made at their ordination. The bishop also blessed the oils used for catechumens, the sick and those being confirmed, baptized or ordained.
  • May 1, 2012 | by Geraldine McGloin Contributor
    Father John H. Schied and Father Paulinus Doran, CP died within minutes of each other in Spohn Sanitarium; victims, most probably of complications of the virulent flu which had struck the city.
  • May 1, 2012 | by Cecilia Gutierrez Venable Contributor
    Just one month after Woodrow Wilson took the reins of the United States government, the Vatican on April 4, 1913, named Father Paul Joseph Nussbaum to lead the new diocese. Bishop Nussbaum arrived in Corpus Christi on June 8, 1913 to a crowd excited by his presence and who witnessed his formal installation that evening followed by a splendid reception and banquet in his honor.
  • April 8, 2012
    Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, delivered the keynote address on the New Evangelization at the Centennial Formation Conference held at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi on March 26, 2012.
  • April 4, 2012
    Bishop Wm. Michael Mulvey's opening remarks before the Penitential Rite at the Centennial Jubilee Mass celebrated at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi March 26, 2012. Daniel Cardinal DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston reads a letter from the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano on behalf of the pope to the people of the Diocese of Corpus Christi.
  • April 3, 2012
    Daniel Cardinal DiNardo's homily at the Centennial Jubilee Mass
  • March 28, 2012 | by Msgr. Michael Howell, Contributor
    When he was ordained a bishop on May 20, 1913 to shepherd the newly erected Diocese of Corpus Christi, Father Paul Joseph Nussbaum, CP, was only 42 years old. He was a young and energetic bishop to serve a young and growing diocese during some very challenging years that rapidly aged him.
  • March 26, 2012
    Cardinal Dolan celebrated Mass at the chapel of the Sister Servants of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration in Corpus Christi, more commonly known as the PInk Sisters.
  • March 23, 2012 | by Alfredo E. Cardenas, South Texas Catholic
  • March 23, 2012 | by Alfredo E. Cardenas, South Texas Catholic
    Whispers in the Loggia was not around in 1912 when a vacancy occurred in the bishop’s office of the Vicariate of Brownsville, but that did not stop Vatican watchers from speculating on who was next in line for the job.
  • March 23, 2012
    Daniel Cardinal DiNardo of Galveston-Houston will celebrate the Centennial Jubilee Mass at the American Bank Center on March 26. It will not be the first time that a Prince of the Church celebrates the Eucharist in a public venue in Corpus Christi.
  • March 23, 2012 | by Alfredo Cardenas
    Daniel Cardinal DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston was the principal celebrant at the Centennial Jubilee Mass for the Diocese of Corpus Christi at the American Bank Center on March 26.
  • March 23, 2012
    Bishop Mariano S. Garriga was born in the Vicariate of Brownsville, which became the Diocese of Corpus Christi, and went on to become the first native Texan to assume the episcopacy in the state. Three other men from the Diocese of Corpus Christi were also named bishops, including Raymundo Peña, James Tamayo and Daniel Flores. All three served as bishops in dioceses that were created from the Diocese of Corpus Christi.
  • March 23, 2012
    The four living Bishops of Corpus Christi are dynamic men still involved in evangelization. Bishop Emeriti Rene H. Gracida and Edmond Carmody are frequently seen and welcomed by the people at various diocesan functions; they often celebrate Masses on special occasions.
  • March 23, 2012 | by Geraldine McGloin, Correspondent
    Each of the eight men who have guided the Diocese of Corpus Christi brought special gifts and priorities, which shaped and enriched the diocese and helped to move its mission forward.
  • March 23, 2012 | by Alfredo E. Cardenas, South Texas Catholic
    It was a large territory that radiated from the frontier town of San Diego north to the Nueces River, to 20 miles south of Concepcion at Baluarte Creek—100 miles from north to south, and from Banquete to 40 miles west of San Diego—60 miles across.
  • March 23, 2012 | by Alfredo E. Cardenas, South Texas Catholic
    Pope Benedict XIV, who served in the first half of the eighteenth century, described a diocesan synod as “A lawful assembly convoked by the bishop, in which he gathers together the priests and clerics of his diocese and all others who are bound to attend it, for the purpose of doing and deliberating concerning what belongs to the pastoral care.”
  • March 23, 2012 | by Alfredo E. Cardenas, South Texas Catholic
    Bishop Wm. Michael Mulvey’s efforts towards diocesan renewal got a boost at the Centennial Jubilee Formation Conference on March 26 when Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Daniel Cardinal DiNardo and a group of bishops from throughout Texas provided guidance to the faithful on various aspects of pastoral care.
  • March 23, 2012 | by Sister Lou Ella Hickman, IWBS, Correspondent
    Sister Mary Xavier Holworthy, IWBS is widely known as the historian of the Diocese of Corpus Christi. She was not only a historian but was a legend in her own right.
  • February 21, 2012 | by Geraldine McGloin, Correspondiente
  • February 21, 2012 | by Msgr. Michael Howell, Contributor
    Noted Catholic historian Carlos Castañeda observed about the Vicariate of Brownsville, “Compared with the other Texas dioceses, the Vicariate was poorer in wealth, but richer in souls to save.”
  • February 21, 2012 | by Geraldine McGloin, Corespondent
    It the winter of 1919, Corpus Christi was still reeling from the vicious hurricane that killed nearly 250 of its residents and demolished more than half the town. Though still too young to be ordained to the priesthood, Charles Joseph Taylor was assigned to preach his first sermon at midnight Mass that Christmas at Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
  • January 26, 2012 | by Sister Lou Ellas Hickman, IWBS y Alfredo E. Cardenas
  • January 25, 2012 | by Sister Lou Ella Hickman, IWBS and Alfredo E. Cardenas
    “The vicariate is poor, very poor, so much so that in Laredo the best parish, the priest cannot have a regular monthly salary,” wrote Bishop Peter Verdaguer Y Prat to a priest who asked to come into his jurisdiction.
  • December 15, 2011 | by Msgr. Michael Howell y Geraldine McGloin
    Con la anexión de Texas a los Estados Unidos y la conclusión del conflicto entre Estados Unidos y México, el Vicariato fue declarada la Diócesis de Galveston, con el Jean Marie Odin, CM nombrado como el primer Obispo.
  • December 15, 2011 | by Msgr. Michael Howell and Geraldine McGloin
    Most of south Texas was part of The Diocese of Brownsville, before 1912, when The Diocese of Corpus Christi was established.
  • November 18, 2011 | by Msgr. Michael Howell y Geraldine McGloin
    Habiendo servido como Vicario Apostólico de la zona de Texas por sólo unos pocos años, el obispo Jean Marie Odin preparaba para salir a Francia, su tierra natal, en busca de sacerdotes y religiosos en marzo de 1845.
  • November 17, 2011 | by Msgr. Michael Howell and Geraldine McGloin
    During Bishop John Mary Odin's first years serving as bishop, the Republic of Texas had experienced numerous challenges—multiple brief occupations by Mexican forces, the threat of bankruptcy, the regular rounds of disease, serious crop failures and the usual Gulf storms.
  • October 21, 2011
    El área que se convirtió en la diócesis de Corpus Christi se vio envuelto en dos guerras de independencia en un plazo de menos de 20 años. En primer lugar, México luchó por la independencia de España en la década de 1820 y luego Texas luchó por la independencia de la República de México en la década de 1830.
  • October 20, 2011 | by Msgr. Michael Howell and Geraldine McGloin
    The area that became the Diocese of Corpus Christi was caught up in two wars of independence within a period of less than 20 years.
  • September 16, 2011 | by Msgr. Michael Howell y Geraldine McGloin
    Cuando el Papa Pío X publicó la bula papal para la erección de la diócesis de Corpus Christi en 1912, fue la afirmación de la realidad de la iglesia en el sur de Texas, que había crecido de las semillas de la fe plantada y cultivada durante muchos años.
  • September 16, 2011 | by Msgr. Michael Howell and Geraldine McGloin
    The story of the Catholic family in south Texas began with arrival of European explorers in the 1500s. While exploration offered the promise of wealth and fame to many, to the Franciscan missionaries, it was an opportunity to plant the seeds of faith in a new field.
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