About the Diocese 

Diocese-of-Dallas.gifThe Diocese of Dallas currently encompasses an area of 7,523 square miles stretched across Dallas, Collin, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, and Rockwall Counties. Its 69 parishes and five quasi-parishes serve approximately 1.3 million Catholics and a larger North Texas community of more than four million people.

The Diocese of Dallas was established in 1890 and formerly encompassed a 120,000 square mile area spreading from Texarkana to the Panhandle, and El Paso, Culbertson, and Hudspeth Counties. Over time, the Dioceses of El Paso, Lubbock, Amarillo, Tyler, and Fort Worth were carved out of the Diocese of Dallas. 

The Diocese is led by Bishop Edward J. Burns, the eighth bishop of the diocese. 

History of the Diocese

Diocese Archives Department

Statistical Overview


Parishes: 69

Quasi-parishes: 5

Diocesan Seminaries: 2

Clergy and Religious

Number of Diocesan Priests: 116

Religious Priests in Diocese: 81

Total Priests in Diocese (Diocesan plus religious): 197

Extern Priests: 31

Permanent Deacons in Diocese: 169

Total Brothers: 22

Total Religious Sisters: 107


Colleges and Universities: 1

High Schools, Diocesan and Parish: 3

High Schools, Private: 5

Elementary Schools, Diocesan and Parish: 26

Elementary Schools, Private: 2

Ungraded School: 1

Total Students under Catholic Instruction: 42,747

Vital Statistics

Receptions into the Church:

Infant Baptism Totals: 8,150

Adult Baptism Totals: 565

Received into Full Communion: 292

First Communions: 8,424

Confirmations: 7,906


Catholic: 1.237

Interfaith: 288

Total Marriages: 1.525

Deaths: 2,197

Total Catholic Population: 1,315,086

Total Population: 4,447,373

Updated July 25, 2022