There are 15 dioceses and 1 ordinariate in Texas; each is led by a bishop, who serves on the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops' Board of Directors.
In the Roman Catholic Church, bishops act as Christ's representative, serving as a teacher, shepherd, and priest. By virtue of the Holy Spirit who has been given to them, bishops have been constituted true and authentic teachers of the faith and have been made pontiffs and pastors.
As Christ's vicars, each bishop has the pastoral care of the particular Church entrusted to him, but at the same time each bears fraternally the care for all the Churches. As the Catechism notes:
Though each bishop is the lawful pastor only of the portion of the flock entrusted to his care, as a legitimate successor of the apostles he is, by divine institution and precept, responsible with the other bishops for the apostolic mission of the Church.
Learn more about the bishops of Texas and their dioceses below.