Serving the Church in Texas

From the Archives: Remembering Governor Mark White

Mark White, who served as Texas Governor from 1983 to 1987, died August 5, 2017 at the age of 77.  In this photograph, taken while White was Governor, he is with George Solana, the Director of Education of the Texas Catholic Conference (today known as the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops).  Mr.  Solana is on the right of…

Read More

Establishing education opportunity through SB 2 / HB 253

The TCCB supports parental choice and we applaud Senator Taylor and Representative Simmons for honoring a parents’ right to choose the best education for their children. Their bills, SB 2 and HB 253, both recognize that parents are the primary educators of a child, and provide opportunities for special education children who have the greatest…

Read More

Bishops express sympathy for trafficking victims found in San Antonio

The Catholic Bishops of Texas join Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, in offering their sincerest condolences to the families of the migrants who were tragically killed as human smuggling or trafficking victims from heat exhaustion and suffocation in San Antonio overnight. In addition to prayers for the repose of those souls, the bishops also offer prayers for healing for…

Read More

Texas bishops disappointed by Texas attorney general’s request to terminate DACA

DACA termination would punish young adults brought to the U.S. as children AUSTIN — The Catholic bishops of Texas expressed disappointment in Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s movement to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, forcing 117,000 young people to be deported from the United States. “These individuals contribute to the economy,…

Read More

From the Archives: Catholic Press Association Honors Catholic Southwest

The Texas Catholic Historical Society has received three awards from the Catholic Press Association for the 2016 issue of Catholic Southwest: A Journal of History and Culture. Below are the awards the Society received with commentary by the Catholic Press Association. MAGAZINE/NEWSLETTER OF THE YEAR: Scholarly Magazine Second Place Catholic Southwest by Richard Fossey, Editor…

Read More

Foster care children win with Governor’s signing of HB 3859

Governor Greg Abbott signed HB 3859 into law today, allowing people and institutions with sincerely held religious beliefs the opportunity to serve children in the foster care system without violating their consciences. “We are very grateful to Governor Abbott  for signing HB 3859, and for all of the hard work of Rep. James Frank and…

Read More

TCCB priorities included in special session agenda for Texas Legislature

Gov. Abbott’s agenda addresses 20 items, including pro-life issues and parental choice AUSTIN — Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s issues to be addressed in the one-month special session include many of the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops’ priorities, especially pro-life legislation and parental choice for special needs students. The Governor mandated the special session’s first priority…

Read More

Texas bishops affirm opportunity for Catholics to engage in foster care system

Passage of House bill 3859, authored by Rep. James Frank and Sen. Charles Perry, provides conscience protection for organizations and individuals wishing to serve in Texas’ foster care system AUSTIN — The Texas Legislature has passed a bill providing people motivated by their religious beliefs the freedom to serve children in Texas’ foster care system.…

Read More