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Sacramental Guidelines



Catechetical Guidelines

Parish Policies

Diocesan Policies

Synod Recommendations

(November 21, 1999)

Temporalities Manual

Useful Links

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The Vatican


Catholic Extension

Holy Cross Monastery in Beaumont, Texas

Serra Club

Radio Maria

Once Catholic

For inactive Catholics now mulling over a return to their Catholic Faith.

American Catholic

Online issues of Catholic Update.

Texas Catholic Historical Society

Catholic Archives of Texas

Catholic Labor Network

Josephite Fathers and Brothers

Everything Catholic

For Your Marriage

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Christian Service Ministries

Catholic Charities of the South East Texas

2780 Eastex Freeway
Beaumont, Texas 77703
(PO Box 829, Beaumont, Texas 77704-0829)
Fax: 409-832-0145
Email: catholiccharities@catholiccharitiesbmt.org
Website: www.catholiccharitiesbmt.org
President: Carolyn Fernandez

Friends Helping Friends

PO Box 3139
Orange, Texas 77631-3139
Phone: 409-882-9717
Director: Bobby Capps

The Hospitality Center

3959 Gulfway Drive
Port Arthur, Texas 77642
Phone: 409-982-4842
Director: Christina Vara Green

Orange Christian Services

2518 West Park Avenue
Orange, Texas 77630-3100
Phone: 409-886-0938
Director: Judy Jenson

Some Other Place

590 Center Street
(P.O. Box 843)
Beaumont, Texas 77704-0843
Phone: 409-832-7976
Director: Paula O’Neal

Southeast Texas ACTS Mission Chapter

PO Box 3429
Beaumont, Texas 77704-3429
Phone: 409-832-9963
Liaison: Rev. Msgr. William Manger

Southeast Texas Hospice

912 West Cherry Avenue
(PO Box 2385)
Orange, Texas 77631-2385
Phone: 409-886-0622
Director: Mary McKenna

United Board of Missions

6650 Ninth Avenue
(PO Box 3856)
Port Arthur, Texas 77643-3856
Phone: 409-962-5661
Director: Jack Leggett

Catholic Healthcare

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CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth

2830 Calder Avenue
Beaumont, Texas 77702-1809
(PO Box 5405, Beaumont, Texas 77726-5405)
Phone: 409-892-7171
Website: www.christussetx.org

CEO: Mr. Paul Trevino

Spiritual Care Development Staff:

  • Dan Ford, Regional Vice President of Mission (Catholic)
  • Nancy Cook, Regional Director of Spiritual Care (Catholic)
  • Rev. Emmanuel Chikezie, Chaplain (Catholic)
  • Rev. Leonard Ogbonna, Chaplain (Catholic)
  • Rev. Dan Tatum, Chaplain (Baptist)
  • Rev. Robert Boone, Chaplain (Baptist)
  • Rev. Sabine Lamar, Chaplain (Lutheran)

Beds: 431

Facilities Include:

  • CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Outpatient Pavilion
    755 N 11th Street
    Beaumont, Texas 77702
    Phone: 409-899-7400
  • Wilton P. Hebert Health and Wellness Center
    3030 North Street
    Beaumont, Texas 77702
    Phone: 409-899-7786

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Orthopedic Specialty Center and Beaumont Bone & Joint Institute

3650 Laurel Avenue
Beaumont, TX 77707

2501 Jimmy Johnson Boulevard, Suite 400
Port Arthur, TX 77640
Phone: 409-729-5633

Executive Director: Mr. Ryan Miller


  • Dan Ford, Regional Vice President of Mission (Catholic)
  • Nancy Cook, Regional Director of Spiritual Care (Catholic)
  • Rev. Emmanuel Chikezie, Chaplain (Catholic)
  • Rev. Leonard Ogbonna, Chaplain (Catholic)
  • Rev. Dan Tatum, Chaplain (Baptist)
  • Rev. Robert Boone, Chaplain (Baptist)
  • Rev. Sabine Lamar, Chaplain (Lutheran)

Beds: 6

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Mary

3600 Gates Blvd
Port Arthur, Texas 77642
(PO Box 3696, Port Arthur, Texas 77643-3696)
Phone: 409-985-7431
Website: www.christussetx.org


  • Dan Ford, Regional Vice President of Mission (Catholic)
  • Nancy Cook, Regional Director of Spiritual Care (Catholic)
  • Rev. Emmanuel Chikezie, Chaplain (Catholic)
  • Rev. Leonard Ogbonna, Chaplain (Catholic)
  • Rev. Dan Tatum, Chaplain (Baptist)
  • Rev. Robert Boone, Chaplain (Baptist)
  • Rev. Sabine Lamar, Chaplain (Lutheran)


  • Mr.Wayne Moore

Beds: 227

Facilities Include:

  • CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Outpatient Center St. Mary 
    3701 Highway 73 at 9th Avenue
    Port Arthur, Texas 77642
    Phone: 409-983-1621

CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial

1275 Marvin Hancock Drive
Jasper, Texas 75951-4995
Phone: 409-384-5461
Fax: 409-383-0622
Website:  www.christussetx.org


  • Dan Ford, Regional Vice President of Mission (Catholic)
  • Nancy Cook, Regional Director of Spiritual Care (Catholic)
  • Rev. Rick Roach, Chaplain (Assembly of God)

Administrator: Mr. Lance Beus

Beds: 59

Facilities Include:

  • CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial Outpatient Center
  • CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Jasper Memorial Hospital Family Practice Centers
    (3 rural clinics: Jasper, Kirbyville, Rayburn)
    • Jasper Clinic
      1276 S Peachtree Street
      Jasper, Texas 75951-4916
      Phone: 409-384-5701
    • Kirbyville Clinic
      205 E Lavielle Street
      Kirbyville, Texas 75956-2119
      Phone: 409-423-2217
    • Rayburn Clinic
      FM 255 W
      (PO Box 5316)
      Sam Rayburn (Jasper), Texas 75951-7701
      Phone: 409-698-9600

Hospital Ministry

Facility Location Catholic Ministry By
CHRISTUS Hospital – St. Elizabeth Beaumont Rev. Leonard Ogbonna
Rev. Emmanuel Chikezie (Staff Chaplain)
Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital of Beaumont Beaumont Rev. Charles Atuah, M.S.P.
Southeast Texas Rehabilitation Hospital Beaumont St. Anne Parish
Cleveland Regional Medical Center Cleveland St. Mary Parish (Cleveland)
Renaissance Hospital Groves Immaculate Conception Parish (Groves)
Jasper Regional Medical Center Jasper St. Michael Parish
CHRISTUS Hospital – Jasper Memorial Jasper St. Michael Parish
Baptist Hospital of Liberty Liberty Immaculate Conception Parish (Liberty);
Our Mother of Mercy Parish (Ames)
Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital of Orange Orange St. Mary Parish (Orange)
Christus Hospital – St. Mary Port Arthur Rev. Don Donahugh – St. James
Medical Center of Southeast Texas Port Arthur St. Charles Borromeo Parish;
St. Catherine of Siena Parish
Tyler County Hospital Woodville Our Lady of the Pines Parish

Nursing Home Ministry

Facility Location Catholic Ministry By
A. W. Schlesinger Geriatric Center Beaumont Our Lady of the Assumption Parish
Baten Arms Beaumont St. Jude Thaddeus Parish
Canterbury Villa of Beaumont Beaumont Cristo Rey Parish
Clairmont Convalescent Home Beaumont St. Joseph Parish
College Street Nursing Home Beaumont Harbor Hospice
Harbor Hospice Beaumont St. Jude Thaddeus Parish
Lindberg Health Care Center Beaumont St. Jude Thaddeus Parish
Lucas House Beaumont St. Anne Parish
Pine Forest Health & Rehabilitation Beaumont St. Jude Thaddeus Parish
Sabine Oaks Beaumont Blessed Sacrament Parish
Seville Apartments Beaumont St. Jude Thaddeus Parish
Spring Creek Manor Beaumont St. Anne Parish
Green Acres Convalescent Center Bridge City St. Henry Parish
Buna Medical Center and Nursing Home Buna St. Francis of Assisi Mission
Galaxy Manor Nursing Center Cleveland St. Mary Parish (Cleveland)
Dayton Nursing Home Dayton St. Joseph the Worker Parish
Magnolia Manor Groves Immaculate Conception Parish (Groves)
Oak Groves Nursing Home Groves St. Peter the Apostle Parish
Hines Health Care Center Jasper St. Michael Parish;
St. Raymond Mission
Shady Acres Jasper St. Michael Parish
Timberlake Health and Rehabilitation Jasper St. Michael Parish
Jasper Convalescent Center Jasper St. Michael Parish
Avalon Place Kirbyville Our Lady of La Salette Mission
Magnolia Manor Health Care Liberty Immaculate Conception Parish (Liberty)
Lumberton Rehabilitation Center Lumberton Infant Jesus Parish
Rose House Nursing Home Nederland St. Charles Borromeo Parish
Pinehurst Nursing and Rehabilitation Orange St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Sabine House Orange St. Francis of Assisi Parish
Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation Orange St. Mary Parish (Orange)
The Meadows Orangefield St. Helen Parish
Cypress Glen Nursing and Rehabilitation Port Arthur Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
Gulf Health Care Center Port Arthur Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
Senior Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center Port Arthur St. Charles Borromeo Parish
Pine Arbor Silsbee St. Mark the Evangelist Parish
Silsbee Convalescent Silsbee St. Mark the Evangelist Parish
Silsbee Oaks Silsbee St. Mark the Evangelist Parish
Oakwood Manor Nursing Home Vidor Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
Spring Season Nursing Home Vidor Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
Vidor Manor Vidor Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
Arboretum of Winnie Winnie St. Louis
Dogwood Trails Manor Woodville Our Lady of the Pines Parish
Holiday Pines Manor Woodville Our Lady of the Pines Parish
Woodville Convalescent Center Woodville Our Lady of the Pines Parish

Retirement Community Ministry

Facility Location Catholic Ministry By
Hotel Beaumont Beaumont St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica
Calder Woods Beaumont St. Jude Thaddeus Parish
Collier Park Beaumont St. Jude Thaddeus Parish
Dowlen Oaks Beaumont St. Jude Thaddeus Parish
The Ridgewood Beaumont St. Anne Parish

Religious Orders

Abbreviations Key



Residencia Provincia San Juan de Sahagun
Calle Madrigal 6
E-28035 Madrid, Spain
Provincial Superior:
Rev. Isidro de Viuda Diez, O.S.A.

Website: www.osanet.org


Rev. Telesforo R. Blanco, O.S.A. – Our Lady of Guadalupe, Port Arthur
Rev. Urbano R.Saénz, O.S.A. – Our Lady of Guadalupe, Port Arthur
Rev. Luis Urriza, O.S.A.- Cristo Rey, Beaumont


Mar Thoma   Province of Chanda
C.M.I. Provincial House
P.B. No. 12, Bamni, Ballarpur P.O.
Chandrapur 442 701, M.S., India

Rev. Johny Edapulavan, C.M.I.
Telephone: 011-91-942-030-4134

Email: george_pjp@yahoo.co.jp


Rev. George Kalappura, C.M.I. – St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Beaumont , Nursing Homes in South County
Rev. Joseph Kattakkara, C.M.I. – St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Beaumont, Nursing Homes in South County
Rev. Jaison Jacob, C.M.I. – St. Charles Borromeo, Nederland


Mary Matha Vice-Province
C.M.I. Provincial House
Bellampalli P.O., Adilabad Dt.
Andhra Pradesh – 504 251, India

Rev. George Marattukalam, C.M.I.
Telephone: 011-91-8735-222094
Fax: 011-91-8735-223090


Rev. George V. Kidangen, C.M.I. – St. Helen, Orangefield
Rev. Rejimon E. George, C.M.I. – St. Therese the Little Flower of Jesus, Port Arthur
Rev. Antony Paulose, C.M.I. – Our Lady of the Assumption, Beaumont


Our Lady of the Lake Convent Center
515 SW 24th Street
San Antonio, TX 78207

Sister Pearl Ceasar, CDP

Website: www.cdptexas.org

Sister Misty Garriga, CDP—Pastoral Center


U.S. Assumption Province
1900 Grand Avenue
Carthage , Missouri 64836-3500

Very Rev. Louis Minh Nhien, C.M.C

Website: www.dongcong.org

Rev. Mark Hoa Tien Le, C.M.C.- Queen of Vietnam , Port Arthur
Rev. Francis Vinh Vu, C.M.C. – Queen of Vietnam , Port Arthur

Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy (D.M.M.M.)

USA/Canada Region
P.O. Box 7407
Hicksville, New York 11802
Regional Superior: Sister M. Beaty Nkem Chukwumezie, D.M.M.M.

E-mail: dmmmusareg@gmail.com

Sister Annette Maryann Agwanihu, D.M.M.M.
Sister Chinweudo Eboh, D.M.M.M.
Sister Patricia Magdalene Onyenekwe, D.M.M.M.


(Houston Dominicans)
Sacred Heart Convent
6501 Almeda Road
Houston , Texas 77021-2095
713-747-3310; Fax: 713-747-4707

Prioress: Sister Carol Mayes, O.P.

Website: www.houstonop.org

Sister Emily Bordages, O.P. – Msgr. Kelly High School , Beaumont
Sister Katie Gaspard, O.P. – Port Neches-Groves ISD
Sister Josephina Pitre, O.P. – Ministry to the homebound


Order of St. Benedict (O.S.B.)
9920 N. Major Drive
Beaumont , Texas 77713-7618
Phone: 409-899-3554
Fax: 409-899-3558
E-mail: porter@holycrossmonks.org
Website: www.holycrossmonks.org

Rev. Peter Funk C. – Holy Family Retreat Center
Brother Michael Gallagher – HolyFamilyRetreatCenter


Holy Family Province Carmelites Mother House
9548 Deer Trail
Houston , Texas 77038-3902
Phone: 281-445-5520
Fax: 281-445-5748

Provincial: Sister Maria Isabel Torres, C.M.S.T.

Sister Maria Leiva, C.M.S.T., Hispanic Ministry – Volunteer
Sister Maximina Cedeno, C.M.S.T. – Hispanic Ministry
Sister Maria del Rosario Martinez, C.M.S.T. – Hispanic Ministry
Sister Francisca Nava, C.M.S.T. – Hispanic Ministry


La Salette Missionaries
Province of Mary , Mother of the Americas
915 Maple Avenue
Hartford , Connecticut 06114-2330
Provincial Superior : Rev. Joe Bachand, M.S.

Website: www.ourladyoflasalette.org

Rev. Ronald B. Foshage, M.S. – St. Michael, Jasper, Our Lady of La Salette, Kirbyville, St. Raymond, Sam Raymond, Toledo Bend Station,

Brother Roman Wilbers, M.S. – In Residence, St. Michael, Jasper


U.S. Mission
3607 Meriburr Lane
Houston, Texas 77021
713-842-6090; Fax 713-747-4263
U.S. Regional Superior: Rev. Desmond Ohankwere, M.S.P.

Website: www.mssp.it

Rev. Sampson Etim, M.S.P. – Sacred Heart-St. Mary, Port Arthur
Rev. Francis Oroffa, M.S.P. – St. Therese, Orange
Rev. George Okeahialam, M.S.P. – Sacred Heart, Raywood & Our Mother of Mercy, Ames
Rev. Mark Thomas Ameh, M.S.P. – St. John the Evangelist, Port Arthur


The Josephites
1130 N. Calvert Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202-3802
410-727-3386; Fax 410-727-1006

Superior General: Very Rev. Edward Chiffriller, S.S.J.

Rev. Joseph Benjamin, S.S.J. – Blessed Sacrament, Beaumont
Rev. Lowell Case, S.S.J. – Our Mother of Mercy, Beaumont
Rev. Robert Zawacki, S.S.J. – Our Mother of Mercy, Beaumont

Sisters of the Destitute (S.D.)

S.D. Generalate
Thottumugham, Aluva-683105
Kerala, INDIA
(011) 9447725840
Superior General: Mother Smitha, S.D.

Sister Tess Chakiath, S.D. – CHRISTUS Hospital-St. Elizabeth
Sister Jesse Padinjareveettil, S.D. – CHRISTUS Hospital-St. Elizabeth
Sister Ancel Thomas , S.D. – CHRISTUS Hospital-St. Elizabeth


5201 Lipes Blvd.,
Corpus Christi , Texas 78404
361-882-5413 , ext. 119
Fax: 361-880-4152

Superior : Sister Michelle Marie Kuntscher, I.W.B.S.

Website: www.iwbscc.org

Sister Esther Dunegan, I.W.B.S. – PastoralCenter


Southern Province of St. Augustine
199 Seminary Drive
Bay St. Louis , Mississippi 39520-4626
Very Rev. James Pawlicki, S.V.D.

Website: www.divineword.org

Most Rev. Curtis J. Guillory, S.V.D. – Bishop of Beaumont
Rev. Vincent Alexius, S.V.D. – St. Mary, Cleveland
Rev. Clifton Labbé, S.V.D. – St. Joseph , Livingston , St. Martin de Porres, Corrigan
Rev. Sebastian Myladiyil, S.V.D. – Immaculate Conception, Liberty
Rev. Joseph O. Dang, S.V.D. – St. Pius X, Beaumont
Rev. Michael Long Vu, S.V.D. – St. Joseph the Worker, Dayton


St. Catherine Convent
5250 Gasmer Drive
Houston , Texas 77035-5716

Provincial Superior :
Sister Cecilia Martina Cuc Vu, O.P.

Website: www.nutudaminh.org

Sister Maryanne Raphael Van Hoang, O.P. – Queen of Vietnam , Port Arthur
Sister Immaculata Therese Kieu Nguyen, O.P.- Queen of Vietnam, Port Arthur
Sister Teresa Faustina Linh Vu, O.P. – Queen of Vietnam, Port Arthur

Texas Dioceses

Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

P.O. Box 907
Houston, Texas 77001-0907
Fax: 713-759-9151

Website: www.diogh.org

Archbishop: Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo
Archbishop Emeritus: Most Rev. Joseph A. Fiorenza
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus:Most Rev. Vincent Rizzotto
Chancellor: Most Rev. George A. Sheltz
Vicar General:Msgr. Frank Rossi

Established in 1847

Archdiocese of San Antonio

2718 W. Woodlawn Ave.
San Antonio, Texas 78228-5124
Fax: 210-734-0231
Website: www.archsa.org

Archbishop: Most. Rev. Gustavo Garcia-Siller
Archbishop Emeritus: Most Rev. Patrick F. Flores
Auxiliary Bishop: Most Rev. Thomas J. Flannagan
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus: Most Rev. Bernard F. Popp
Moderator of the Curia: Rev. Martin Leopold
Chancellor: Very Rev. Terence Nolan, J.C.L.
Vicar General: Rev. Lawrence J. Christian

Established in 1874

Diocese of Amarillo

P.O. Box 5644
Amarillo, Texas 79117-5644
Fax: 806-383-8452

Website: www.amarillodiocese.org

Bishop: Most Rev. Patrick J. Zurek
Bishop Emeritus: Most Rev. John W. Yanta
Vicar General: Rev. Phu T. Phan, J.C.L.
Chancellor: Rev. Francisco Perez

Established in 1926

Diocese of Austin

6225 Highway 290 East

Austin, TX 78723

Fax: 512-949-2520

Website: www.austindiocese.org

Bishop: Most Rev. Joe S. Vásquez
Auxiliary Bishop: Most Rev. Daniel E. Garcia
Bishop Emeritus: Most Rev. John McCarthy
Vicar General: Most Rev. Daniel E. Garcia
Chancellor: Deacon Ron Walker

Established in 1948

Diocese of Beaumont

P.O. Box 3948
Beaumont, Texas 77704-3948
Fax: 409-838-4511

Website: www.dioceseofbmt.org

Bishop: Most Rev. Curtis J. Guillory, S.V.D.
Vicar General: Rev. Msgr. Michael Jamail, J.C.D., Ed.D.
Chancellor: Sister Esther Dunegan, I.W.B.S., J.C.L.

Established in 1966

Diocese of Brownsville

P.O. Box 2279
Brownsville, Texas 78522-2279
Fax: 956-542-6751

Website: www.cdob.org

Bishop: Most Rev. Daniel E. Flores
Bishop Emeritus: Most Rev. Raymundo J. Peña
Vicar General: Msgr. Heberto M. Diaz, Jr., Rev Alfonso Guevera
Chancellor: Rev. Jorge A. Gomez

Established in 1965

Diocese of Corpus Christi

P.O. Box 2620
Corpus Christi, Texas 78403-2620
Fax: 361-882-1018

Website: www.diocesecc.org

Bishop: Most Rev. Michael Mulvey, S.T.L.
Bishop Emeritus: Most Rev. Rene H. Gracida
Vicar General: Rev. Msgr. Louis Kihneman
Chancellor:       Rev. Joseph A. Lopez, J.C.L.

Established in 1912

Diocese of Dallas

P.O. Box 190507
Dallas, Texas 75219-0507
Fax: 214-526-1743

Website: www.cathdal.org

Bishop: Most Rev. Kevin J. Farrell
Bishop Emeritus: Most Rev. Charles V. Grahmann
Auxiliary Bishop: Most Rev. J. Douglas Deshotel
Episcopal Vicar: Rev. Msgr. Milam Joseph
Vicars General: Most Rev. J. Douglas Deshotel
Chancellor: Mrs. Mary Edlund, J.C.L.

Established in 1890

Diocese of El Paso

499 St. Matthews Street
El Paso, Texas 79907-4214
Fax: 915-872-8413

Website: www.elpasodiocese.org

Bishop: Most. Rev. Mark Seitz
Vicars General: Rev. Msgr. Francis S. Smith
Chancellor: Rev. Tony Celino

Established in 1914

Diocese of Fort Worth

800 W. Loop 820 South
Fort Worth, Texas 76108-2919
Fax: 817-244-8839

Website: www.fwdioc.org

Bishop: Most Rev. Michael F. Olson,S.T.D., M.A.
Vicar General: Very Rev. Stephen Berg
Chancellor: Rev. Daniel P. Kelly

Established in 1969

Diocese of Laredo

1901 Corpus Christi Street
Laredo, Texas 78043-3308
Fax: 956-727-2777

website: www.dioceseoflaredo.org

Bishop: Most Rev. James A. Tamayo
Vicar General: Rev. Anthony Mendoza
Chancellor: Mrs. Maria de la Luz Rodriguez Cárdenas

Established in 2000

Diocese of Lubbock

P.O. Box 98700
Lubbock, Texas 79499-8700
Fax: 806-792-8103

Website: www.catholiclubbock.org

Bishop: Most Rev. Plácido Rodríguez, C.M.F.
Vicar General: Rev. Msgr. Eugene Driscoll
Chancellor: B. Marty Martin

Established in 1983

Diocese of San Angelo

P.O. Box 1829
San Angelo, Texas 76902-1829
Fax: 325-651-6688

Website: www.sanangelodiocese.org

Bishop: Most Rev. Michael D. Pfeifer, O.M.I.
Vicar General: Rev. Msgr. Larry J. Droll, J.C.L.
Chancellor: Mr. Michael Wyse

Established in 1961

Diocese of Tyler

1015 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, Texas 75701-9663
Fax: 903-534-1370

Website: www.dioceseoftyler.org

Bishop: Most Rev. Joseph E. Strickland, J.C.L.
Vicar General: Most Rev. Edmond Carmody
Chancellor: Rev. Robert “Hank” Lanik

Established in 1986

Diocese of Victoria

P.O. Box 4070
Victoria, Texas 77903-4070
Fax: 361-573-5725

Website: www.victoriadiocese.org

Bishop: Most Rev. David E. Fellhauer
Vicar General:  Rev. John C. Peters
Chancellor: Rev. Gary Janak

Established in 1982

State Offices

Catholic Archives of Texas

The archives was established in 1923 by the Texas Knights of Columbus Historical Commission. Its goal of producing a history of Catholicism in Texas culminated in the publishing of the seven-volume work ‘Our Catholic Heritage in Texas 1519-1936′, authored almost entirely by Carlos Castañeda of the University of Texas at Austin.

The archives for the Catholic Church in Texas were originally located at St. Edward’s University in Austin. After a 10-year stay in Amarillo, the collection was returned to Austin by Bishop Louis Reicher in 1959. Since then it has been housed in the chancery office of the Diocese of Austin. In 1985 it was taken under the auspices of the Texas Catholic Conference and its board of directors. The repository is the only archives in the United States servicing one religion for an entire state.

As the Catholic history center in Texas, the archives’ mission is to collect, preserve and make available for research those records of individuals and organizations engaged in work reflecting the goals of the Catholic Church in Texas. Especially important is the ongoing relationship and records management system with the Texas Catholic Conference, Texas Knights of Columbus, Texas Catholic Historical Society and its journal, The Journal of Texas Catholic History and Culture. The archives cooperates with the Texas dioceses and with cultural and historical institutions in the area to achieve common goals of historical preservation and interpretation.

Holdings of the Catholic Archives of Texas include records of the Texas Catholic Conference, Texas Knights of Columbus and its historical commission, Texas Catholic Historical Society, religious associations, societies and clubs in the state, private papers of several individuals, personal papers and biographical files of bishops and clergy in Texas, diocesan and parish collections, newspaper and documents concerning religious orders formed or stationed in the state. It also includes more than 9,000 photographs, microfilmed sacramental records, Texana and Catholic books and artifacts related to the history of the Catholic Church in Texas from 1688 — the beginning of the Spanish mission era — to the present day.

Susan Eason, archivist
PO Box 13124
Austin, Texas 78711-3124
Phone: 512-476-6296
Fax: 512-476-3715
Email: cat@onr.com
Website: www.onr.com/user/cat/

Texas Catholic Conference

The Texas Catholic Conference was established by the bishops of Texas in 1963 while gathered in Rome during the Second Vatican Council. Formalized in 1964, the TCC’s purpose is to achieve greater unity of mission among the Catholic communities of Texas. The conference is a federation of all Roman Catholic dioceses with see cities located in the state of Texas.

The conference’s functions are:

  • To facilitate cooperation and shared responsibility among Texas Catholics in furthering the mission of the church;
  • To foster communications between the church and other institutions and organizations in Texas and to cooperate with them in regional or statewide programs;
  • To provide a method through which representatives of the Catholic community in Texas may actively and responsibly participate in the life of the church;
  • To promote unity, justice, peace, mutual understanding and cooperation among the people of God.

The conference holds a General Assembly every other year. Its board of directors, which includes the bishops of Texas, meets twice yearly.

1600 North Congress Ave., Suite B
Austin, Texas 78701
Fax: 512-339-8670
Website: www.txcatholic.org
Margaret McGettrick, Director
Fax: 512-339-8670
Education Department: 512-339-8416

Texas Catholic Historical Society

The Texas Catholic Historical Society was organized during the years that the volumes of ‘Our Catholic Heritage in Texas’ were released. With the bishops of Texas serving as the board of directors, the society’s goal was to preserve historical materials pertaining to the church in Texas.

The organization was revitalized by the Texas Catholic Conference, and membership was offered to any interested individual. The society’s objectives are to discover, collect, preserve and publish historical material, especially those that pertain to the Catholic community in Texas. The society meets annually and has a newsletter that appears quarterly. Individuals wishing to become members are encouraged to write for more information.

Rev. Bob Wright, President
1600 North Congress Ave., Suite B
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: 512-339-9882
Fax: 512-339-8670

Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas

Physical and Mailing Address:
Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas
2780 Eastex Freeway
Beaumont, Texas 77703

Telephone Number: 409-924-4400
Tol Free Number: 1-855-924-4400
Fax Number: 409-832-0145

Carolyn R. Fernandez,
President/Chief Executive Officer

Randi Fertitta, MS,LPC,LPA,
Associate Vice President of Programs

Juanita D. Hockett,
Office Manager

Meyli Mendez,


History of Serra International

SerraWalkingIn the year 1934, four Catholic friends from Seattle, Washington, had an idea. They decided to meet regularly over a meal, to discuss how Christian values could be lived out in their professional lives. Soon more friends were joining them, and within several months they had decided on an additional focus: the encouraging of vocations to the priesthood and religious life. They chose Padre Junipero Serra, the noted Spanish missionary, as patron.

This small group has grown into Serra International. Serrans today are still dedicated to spiritual growth, continuing Catholic adult education, warm fellowship, and the encouragement of Church vocations.

Serra clubs are a great idea, and they have become a tradition of commitment.

Serra International chartered its first Serra club in 1935 in Seattle, Washington. Then, as now, the two great needs for the church were for informed Catholic lay leaders who understand and live their own Christian vocations to service, and for dedicated priests and religious.

In 1951, Serra International became aggregated to the Sacred Council for Catholic Education and the Pontifical Work for Priestly Vocations.

In the 1950s and 1960s, clubs were formed in Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

In the 1970s and 1980s, National Councils were formed in Great Britain, Brazil, and Spain.

In 1986, Serra International voted to welcome women as well as men to membership in the organization.

Twelve national councils currently exist, including the USA Council, which was formed in 1994. The USA Council had originally included Canada; in the year 2000, Canada formed their own Council.

Today, there are more than 800 Serra clubs in 37 countries, with a total membership of more than 19,000 men, women and permanent deacons.

Each Serra Club is a member of both a national council and Serra International. Serra International, which has an office located in Chicago, links Serra clubs around the world.

Serra Club of Port Arthur
Serra USA Council
Serra of Beaumont
Serra International

ACTS Community

The ACTS movement came to birth from the Cursillo Movement through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, in the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas. ACTS began in 1987 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Selma, Texas, and was brought to St. Anne Parish in Beaumont in September 2001 by ACTS Missions.

ACTS is an acronym for Adoration, Community, Theology, and Service. It is these four themes that are the focus of activities for the three-day weekend lay retreats, patterned after the description of the early church in Acts of the Apostles 2:42-47, “They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to communal life, to the breaking of bread and to prayers… And every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.”

Beaumont ACTS Chapter was formed in 2004 for the specific purpose of spreading the ACTS retreats to more parishes in the Diocese of Beaumont. Beaumont ACTS Chapter is dedicated to this purpose and to ensure that the integrity of the ACTS Retreat is maintained.

For the latest ACTS retreat schedule and information go to www.beaumontacts.org