The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) is a federation of all Roman Catholic dioceses and ordinariates located in the State of Texas. Through the TCCB, all dioceses and ordinariates share in the expenses of joint activities that extend the ministry of the Texas bishops within the church community in four ways:
- encourage and foster cooperation and communication among the dioceses and the ministries of the Catholic Church in Texas;
- serve as the public policy arm of the Conference's Board of Directors, the Bishops of Texas, before the Texas legislature, the Texas delegation in Congress, and state agencies. The public policy issues addressed by the Conference include institutional concerns of the Catholic Church as well as issues related to Catholic moral and social teaching;
- monitor accreditation of Catholic schools through the Education Department, ensuring quality and accountability to the Bishops of Texas as well as the Texas Education Agency; and
- through the Catholic Archives of Texas, collect, preserve, and making available for research the records of individuals and organizations engaged in work reflecting the goals of the Catholic Church in Texas.
Catholics in Texas
There are about 8.5 million Catholics living in Texas, about 30% of the total population. We express our faith by worshiping in approximately 1,069 parishes and 247 missions in the diocese, with our priests (2,006), permanent deacons (1,934), religious sisters (1,980) and religious brothers (181). We grow in our faith through the eight Catholic colleges and universities, five diocesan seminaries, 13 religious seminaries, 56 high schools and 218 elementary schools, along with our parish-based religious education programs, which serve more than 350,000 students. We are organized into 13 dioceses and 2 archdioceses, which are led by our bishops.