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Fifty Faithful Years The Diocese of Brownsville was officially established on July 10, 1965 by Pope Paul VI. Read the Full Story
Convocation 2015 The 2015 Catechetical Convocation is set for Saturday, Sept. 19 at the McAllen Convention Center. Read the Full Story
Faith-filled environment Spaces are still available in the 13 Catholic schools of the Diocese of Brownsville for the 2015-16 academic year. Read the Full Story
Rekindling the flame Marriage Encounter Weekend planned for Aug. 21-23: “You are just like your mother!” or “You are just like your father!” Read the Full Story
Summer Food Program Many families count on school meals to keep their children nourished — breakfast and lunch are served at most schools. During the summer months, when school is not in session, putting three meals on the table puts a strain on the food budget for many families.  Read the Full Story

Golden Anniversary

July 30, 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus:
The Diocese of Brownsville, the ninth diocese in Texas, was officially established on July 10, 1965 by Pope Paul VI and was formed by detaching the four counties of Cameron, Willacy, Hidalgo and Starr from the Diocese of Corpus Christi. On September 2, 1965 the Most Reverend Adolph Marx was installed as the first Bishop of the newly formed Diocese of Brownsville.

This year 2015 marks the golden anniversary of the establishment of the Diocese of Brownsville. We celebrate 50 years as a diocese, but our Catholic faith is deeply rooted in the Rio Grande Valley's history and culture; a rich and deep tradition of our faith that has endured for almost 500 years.

On September 2nd, we will gather as a diocesan church to observe this significant milestone in our history and give thanks to God for his many blessings of these past 50 years and beyond. I invite you to join me and all the faithful of the diocese on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 7 p.m. for an open air Mass in front of the mosaic at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine in San Juan, Texas.

May this celebration, as well as the whole Jubilee Year, inspire a deeper appreciation of Christ and his Church and may it strengthen our willingness to carry the responsibility of being disciples and followers of Christ.
Peace be with you,

Most Rev. Daniel E. Flores, S.T.D.
Bishop of Brownsville


Estimados Hermanos y Hermanas en Cristo Jesus:

La Diócesis de Brownsville, la novena diócesis del Estado de Texas, fue establecida oficialmente el día 10 de julio de 1965 por el Papa Paul VI y se formó al separar los cuatro condados de Cameron, Hidalgo, Willacy, y Starr de la Diócesis de Corpus Christi. Su Excelencia Monseñor Adolph Marx fue instalado el 2 de septiembre de 1965 como el primer obispo de la Diócesis de Brownsville.

Este año de 2015 marca el 50 Aniversario de la creación de la Diócesis de Brownsville. Celebramos 50 años como diócesis, pero nuestra fe católica está profundamente arraigada en la historia y la cultura del Valle del Río Grande; una abundante tradición de fe que ha perdurado por casi 500 años.

Este próximo 2 de septiembre, nos reuniremos como iglesia diocesana para observar este acontecimiento histórico y para dar gracias a Dios por sus muchas bendiciones de estos últimos 50 años. Los invito a unirse a mí y a todos los fieles de la diócesis el miércoles, 02 de septiembre de 2015 a las 7:00 p.m. para una Misa al aire libre frente al mosaico del Santuario Nacional de la Basílica de Nuestra Señora de San Juan del Valle en San Juan, Texas.

Que  esta celebración, así como todo este año de jubileo, nos inspire a tener un aprecio más profundo a Cristo y su iglesia, y que sirva para fortalecer nuestra voluntad de ser discípulos y seguidores de Cristo.
Monseñor Daniel E. Flores, S.T.D.
Obispo de Brownsville

Weekly Update

August 26, 2015


Celebrating 50 years
The Diocese of Brownsville was officially established on July 10, 1965 by Pope Paul VI.

Prior to being established as a diocese, the area was part of the Vicariate Apostolic of Brownville from 1874 to 1912, and later a part of o the Diocese of Corpus Christi. The ninth diocese in Texas was formed by detaching four counties from the Diocese of Corpus Christi in 1965.

To mark the Golden Anniversary of the diocese, Bishop Daniel E. Flores will celebrate an open air Mass at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2 in front of the mosaic at the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Diocese of Brownsville.

The event is open to the public and will serve as the principal event of the Jubilee Year. Sept. 2 marks the date the Most Rev. Adolph Marx was installed as the first bishop of the Diocese of Brownsville.

Vespers for clergy and religious will be prayed at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18 at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Brownsville.

For more information on these events, contact Father Gregory T. Labus at (956) 383-3728.

Teachers of the faith invited to Catechetical Convocation on Sept. 19
The 2015 Catechetical Convocation is set for Saturday, Sept. 19 at the McAllen Convention Center.

All catechists serving the Diocese of Brownsville’s parishes, mission churches and Catholic schools are invited and encouraged to participate in this day of prayer, reflection and fellowship.

Presentations will be available in both English and Spanish. There will also be exhibit booths featuring religious resources and goods.

On this occasion, catechists are called to rededicate themselves to the mission of sharing the Good News.

Bishop Daniel E. Flores will commission the catechists for their ministry and award service pins to catechists who have completed 10, 20, 25 and 30 years of faith formation ministry. The deadline to submit names for this recognition is Friday, Aug. 28.

For more information, contact the Office of Catechesis (956) 784-5013.

Young Catholic professionals discuss book “Leading Like Jesus”
KAUSSA Young Catholic Professionals will meet from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 1 to continue their series on the book "Leading Like Jesus." Join other local professionals for a discussion and reflection on servant leadership. The group will meet in the Conference Room at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in McAllen. Young professionals in their 20s and 30s and first time guests are welcome. For more information, please contact or Raul Cabrera at (956) 784-5045.

Casino Night set for Sept. 12
The Parish of the Lord of Divine Mercy in Brownsville presents its Second Annual Casino Night on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Amigoland Event Center. There will be blackjack, craps, roulette, Texas Hold'Em, loteria, a silent auction, raffles, food, music, and dancing. Tickets are $25 presale and $30 at the door. Ticket includes raffle ticket for door prizes, 3,000 playing chips, refreshments and appetizers. Doors open at 7:30 pm. For additional information, contact the parish office at (956) 544-2112 or Cristina Almazan at (956) 832-3571.

Fountain of Mercy Ministries hosts fundraiser Sept. 17
Fountain of Mercy Ministries will host their Third Annual Fruits of Mercy Wine and Cheese with Silent Auction at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17 at the residence of Ezequiel and Livia Reyna in Tierra Santa Golf Community in Weslaco. To purchase event tickets and/or contribute a monetary donation or silent auction item please call (956) 351-5978 or (956) 975-6125.

San Antonio Pilgrimage Tour - "Evangelization through Religious Tours!!"
The Missionary Servants of the Cross are planning their next pilgrimage/tour to San Antonio on Saturday, October 10. They will be visiting the Basilica of the Little Flower (St. Therese) and the Schoenstatt Shrine in Helotes, among other religious sites. Passengers will be picked up in three cities: Harlingen, Mercedes and Edinburg. Pick-up sites are as follows: 6 a.m. in Harlingen at HEB Expressway; 6:30 a.m. in Mercedes at the parking lot of Our Lady of Mercy Church; 7 a.m. in Edinburg at Flying J Truck Stop. Donation is $99 and round trip transportation aboard a luxury charter bus. Meals and personal purchases are on your own. For more information, contact Brother Hoss Alvarez via email or call (956) 373-7667.

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