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Books & Resources for 125th Anniversary for the Diocese

 

Books (click on cover to read flipbook online)

 

Prologue to the Future: A Brief Chronicle of the Catholic Church in North Texas

From Bishop Kevin Farrell in the pre-story:

In the northernmost reaches of Texas that would become the Diocese of Dallas, from the Piney Woods to the Chihuahua Desert, the Church arrived with the first Catholic. For where there is even one Catholic, there is the Church. We know not where or when the Catholic continuum began that came to fruition with Pope Leo’s Bull, but we do know that, like the mustard seed, it was destined for prodigious growth.

We stand at the convergence of what has been and what will be in the continuum that is the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. As we mark our 125th anniversary, we celebrate the faith of our Catholic forbearers who nurtured the mustard seed that has become the diocese. We are tomorrow’s forbearers. We are those into whose hands God has placed the future of our faith and our children. Let us not be found wanting.

Download PDF - Prologue to the Future: A Brief Chronicle of the Catholic Church in North Texas

 

Prairie Gothic: 19th and early 20th Century Diocese of Dallas Churches

From the introduction:
The earliest churches built in what is now the diocese, even the smallest frame box building, managed to have a gothic touch. The consensus seemed to be that two things, a cross and a gothic window or door, were essential to any Catholic church as illustrated by the simple chapel on the cover.

Our Prairie Gothic churches lacked the flying buttresses and ribbed vaults of the great cathedrals of Europe but they added a touch of beauty and a reminder of from whence they came to pioneer Texas.

Download PDF - Prairie Gothic: 19th and early 20th Century Diocese of Dallas Churches