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Bishop Kevin J. Farrell named Prefect of the new Vatican Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life

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With a Moto Proprio, Pope Francis announced on Wednesday the establishment of a Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life. The Prefect of the new Dicastery will be the Irish-born Bishop Kevin Joseph Farrell, currently serving as Bishop of Dallas.

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National Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities - September 9

Posted: 8/21/2016 4:53 PM

In the wake of the multiple tragedies this summer in many communities throughout the U.S., including here in Dallas, USCCB President Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz has called for a National Day of Prayer for Peace in Our Communities. The designated date for this observance is Friday, September 9th for parishes throughout the U.S, on the Feast of St. Peter Claver. [More]


More on Bishop Farrell’s new role as Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life

Posted: 8/17/2016 12:18 PM

What makes the creation of this dicastery unique? What will Bishop Farrell be doing for the dicastery? Learn more about this new role for Bishop Kevin J. Farrell in the Roman Curia. [More]


Statement by Bishop Farrell on his appointment as Prefect of the new Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life

Posted: 8/17/2016 6:45 AM

The following is Bishop Kevin J. Farrell’s response to the Papal announcement of his appointment as the Prefect of the newly established Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life. [More]


Bishop Kevin J. Farrell named Prefect of the new Vatican Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life

Posted: 8/17/2016 6:12 AM

With a Moto Proprio, Pope Francis announced on Wednesday the establishment of a Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life. The Prefect of the new Dicastery will be the Irish-born Bishop Kevin Joseph Farrell, currently serving as Bishop of Dallas. [More]


Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Dallas Launch 2016 – 2017 School Year

Posted: 8/8/2016 5:27 PM

Catholic school students in the Diocese of Dallas begin heading back to the classroom on Wednesday, August 10th. See the complete list of start dates for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Dallas. [More]


Notice of Death - Deacon Louis Muñoz, MD

Posted: 6/24/2016 12:19 PM

It is our sad duty to inform you of the death of Deacon Louis Muñoz, MD from Prince of Peace Catholic Community. Deacon Muñoz died on the afternoon of June 22nd, after a prolonged illness. [More]


Bishop Farrell's statement on Apostolic Exhortation from Pope Francis - The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia)

Posted: 4/8/2016 10:14 AM

"This is an extraordinary document on the family and it will be the focus of the Church for years to come. Amoris Laetitia emphasizes the importance of the family as the foundation of society. It clearly defines the Church’s teaching on marriage and the family." [More]


Easter Message from Bishop Farrell

Posted: 3/26/2016 11:50 AM

Jesus Christ is risen today! Alleluia, alleluia! [More]


Prayers for Brussels

Posted: 3/23/2016 3:54 PM

Bishop Farrell asks all Catholics in the Diocese of Dallas to please pray for the people of Brussels during this difficult time and for an end to violence. [More]


David Woodyard Named Catholic Charities of Dallas CEO

Posted: 2/29/2016 4:15 PM

Catholic Charities of Dallas (CCD), one of the largest social services organization in Greater Dallas, today announced the hiring of David Woodyard as Chief Executive Officer, overseeing the organization’s 17 programs serving more than 30,000 children, families and seniors in need every year. [More]


Pope Appoints Bishop Deshotel to Lead Lafayette

Posted: 2/17/2016 6:38 AM

Pope Francis has named Diocese of Dallas auxiliary bishop, the Most Reverend J. Douglas Deshotel, to serve as the new Bishop of Lafayette in Louisiana. The appointment was announced today in Washington, D.C. by the papal nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, followed by the announcement in the Diocese of Lafayette. [More]


The Most Reverend Gregory Kelly Ordained Bishop for Catholic Diocese

Posted: 2/11/2016 11:50 AM

The Most Reverend Gregory Kelly was ordained a bishop before a capacity crowd on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in downtown Dallas by Bishop Kevin J. Farrell. [More]


Catholic Diocese of Dallas Reaches $125 Million Capital Campaign Goal

Posted: 2/8/2016 3:09 PM

The first capital campaign ever undertaken by the Catholic Diocese of Dallas has reached its goal of $125 million. [More]


Dallas priest Monsignor John Gregory Kelly named Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Dallas

Posted: 12/16/2015 8:39 AM

Read the announcement and watch the video of the press conference introducing Greg Kelly as the new Auxiliary Bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas. [More]


Bishop Farrell to Join Pope and Bishops Worldwide in Opening The Holy Door of Mercy

Posted: 12/11/2015 4:07 PM

In accordance with the decree of Pope Francis and in unity with bishops all over the world, Bishop Kevin J. Farrell will open the “Door of Mercy” at the Cathedral of the Virgin of Guadalupe at 2215 Ross Avenue in Dallas at 12 noon Mass on Sunday, December 13th. [More]


Non-Profit Financial Leader Named New CFO of Catholic Diocese of Dallas

Posted: 10/12/2015 3:56 PM

The Catholic Diocese of Dallas is pleased to announce that after a lengthy and comprehensive search, Cecilia A. Colbert, C.P.A. has been selected as the new Chief Financial Officer of the organization. Colbert replaces Michael Weis who retired in July after 20 years as CFO for the diocese. [More]


New Superintendent Chosen to Lead Catholic Schools in Diocese of Dallas

Posted: 10/12/2015 3:56 PM

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Dallas will soon have a new leader. Dr. Matthew Vereecke was selected after a nationwide search to fill the superintendent’s post vacated by the retirement of Sister Gloria Cain, SSND. [More]


Bishop Kevin Farrell responds to the SCOTUS ruling on marriage

Posted: 6/26/2015 3:32 PM

From Bishop Farrell: "The same Constitution that has now been held to open civil marriage to same-sex couples confirms and protects the Church’s right to carry forward the historic teaching of the Church regarding the Sacrament of Marriage." [More]


Statement from Bishop Farrell on Laudato Si'

Posted: 6/18/2015 8:39 AM

From Bishop Farrell: "I commend Pope Francis for this encyclical, Laudato Si’, and hope those who read it will accept it as call to conversion and action." [More]


Help Fight Attempts to Deny Parental Choice for Texas Children's Education

Posted: 3/30/2015 3:21 PM

Bishop Farrell joins his brother Bishops throughout the state in supporting this Action Alert from the Texas Catholic Conference. Please support parental choice for the education of Texas children. [More]


Bishop Farrell to Celebrate Christmas Mass at Cathedral

Posted: 12/19/2014 4:59 PM

Bishop Kevin J. Farrell will mark the birth of Jesus Christ when he celebrates the Christmas Vigil Mass (English) at 9 pm, December 24, 2014 at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. [More]


In the Spirit of the Christmas Season, Catholic Charities Brings Joy, Support to Local Families in Need

Posted: 12/16/2014 3:28 PM

Catholic Diocese of Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell presents $2.1 million check to Catholic Charities from Diocese’s capital campaign [More]


Bishop Announces Selection of New President for Bishop Lynch High School

Posted: 12/5/2014 9:51 AM

Bishop Kevin J. Farrell announced this morning that Chris Rebuck has accepted the important role of President of Bishop Lynch High School. [More]


Pope Francis Announces 2015 Visit to Philadelphia for World Meeting of Families

Posted: 11/18/2014 3:55 PM

"The presence of Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families in our country will be a joyful moment for millions of Catholics and people of good will." - Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky [More]


Bishop announces Academy-Model School to improve education for Pleasant Grove families

Posted: 10/17/2014 11:52 AM

Kevin J. Farrell, Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, delivered exciting news today that two diocesan schools will be combined into a new academy-model school serving lower and middle school students in Pleasant Grove. [More]