Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Texas Is Growing

One of the biggest challenges to the parishes, ministries, dioceses, and organizations that serve the Catholic Church in Texas is population. We are booming - to the point that 4 of the top 10 cities people are moving to from other areas in the USA are in Texas.
7 - Houston
6 - San Antonio
5 - Dallas
2 - Austin

This creates a stress on every existing Church structure which now needs to grow to meet demand. The Austin diocese has been planning for this growth for many years now with strong pastoral planning, issuing bonds for revenue, a very successful capital campaign, etc. Yet, we still aren't able to keep up.

Other dioceses, esp. Dallas, are behind the curve and while they are working hard to improve and grow it will be much harder. Every large metropolitan area in Texas needs new parishes, more priests, more staff, better social services, etc.

Pray for the Catholic Church in Texas. Growth is a good problem to have, but an issue nonetheless.

1 comment:

JC said...

I gotta say, though, that the rapid growth in the Austin area has been very frustrating for those of us who are fed up with the housing costs, the poor public transit system, and the clogged "freeways." Hopefully the number of seminarians (read: future priests) turned out from the major universities around the diocese (A&M, UT, TSU, etc.) can keep up with the growth rate of the area.