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

Missions: 5

Diocesan Seminaries: 2

Clergy and Religious

Number of Diocesan Priests: 110

Religious Priests in Diocese: 79

Total Priests in Diocese (Diocesan plus religious): 189

Extern Priests: 31

Permanent Deacons in Diocese: 170

Total Brothers: 10

Total Religious Sisters: 95


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: 61,165

Vital Statistics

Receptions into the Church:

Infant Baptism Totals: 12,150

Adult Baptism Totals: 860

Received into Full Communion: 457

First Communions: 11,529

Confirmations: 10,839


Catholic: 1,576

Interfaith: 331

Total Marriages: 1,907

Deaths: 1,630

Total Catholic Population: 1,226,031

Total Population: 4,054,985

(Information provided by the Office of the Vicar General, data as of December 31, 2018)