R. The Lord is my shepherd;there is nothing I shall want.
He guides me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side with your rod and your staff that give me courage.
Have you seen that famous painting of Jesus as the Good Shepherd, carrying the straying sheep on his shoulders? I’ll never forget an explanation by Dc. Mike Henry, a good friend of mine, regarding that iconic image that completely changed my understanding of it.
Before the diocese was created the bishops of Galveston took care of the pastoral and spiritual needs of this area. Among the outstanding priests was Father Joseph Martiniere, who first served Dallas as a circuit riding priest from the mission station at St. Paul in Collin County, then as second pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Dallas. He would later become the diocese’s first vicar general. Msgr. Martiniere brought the first religious order, the Ursulines, to Dallas in 1874.
The Diocese of Dallas was established as a separate See in the state on July 15, 1890 by Pope Leo XIII. Dallas became the third diocese in Texas, following Galveston in 1847 and San Antonio in 1874.
More on the celebration of the 125th Anniversary of the Diocese