The Roman Catholic Diocese of El Paso, established in 1914, includes 10 counties in far West Texas covering 26,686 square miles. The Catholic population served by the Diocese is 656,035 (of 811,739). The Diocese is made up of 55 parishes, 20 missions, and 17 ministries.
The El Paso Catholic Church is credited with many first including the first Catholic mission in Texas, the first Mass celebrated in Texas, the first Thanksgiving in the U.S., the first hospital in El Paso, the first Council of Knights of Columbus in Texas and, the first Diocese in the U.S. to be led by a Hispanic Bishop!
Our service to migrants has existed for decades. One of the first refugees we welcomed, Pedro de Jesús Maldonado, who was ordained in our Cathedral by our first bishop, would later give the ultimate witness of faith and is now a cannonized Saint of the Church!
In 2014, the Diocese of El Paso celebrated its 100th anniversary serving the community in 2014. We take great pride in the growth of our diocese and its many expanding services.