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Fiona R. Young wrote:

Hi, guys —

I live in Texas and as much as I love it here, there are too few Catholic churches here. I have wanted to convert to the Catholic faith for a while in the area I live in.

I would probably have to drive three hours both ways just to get to the closest church. I know there are worse circumstances but I don't know what I should do and I need a fresh opinion.

Sincerely,

Fiona

  { What should I do if I have wanted to convert for a while but have no Catholic parishes in my area? }

Mike replied:

Dear Fiona,

Sorry for not getting back to you sooner.

You said:
I live in Texas and as much as I love it here, there are too few Catholic churches here. I have wanted to convert to the Catholic faith for a while in the area I live in

I would probably have to drive three hours both ways just to get to the closest church. I know there are worse circumstances but I don't know what I should do and I need a fresh opinion.

I don't know where in Texas you live but I would start by finding and contacting your local Catholic diocese.

A diocese is a district under the pastoral care of a bishop of the Catholic Church.

You can use the Catholic Hierarchy website to find out what dioceses are in your state.

In Texas there are fourteen dioceses:

  1. Amarillo, Texas
    amarillodiocese.org
  2. Austin, Texas
    austindiocese.org
  3. Beaumont, Texas
    dioceseofbmt.org
  4. Brownsville, Texas
    cdob.org
  5. Corpus Christi, Texas
    diocesecc.org
  6. Dallas, Texas
    cathdal.org
  7. Fort Worth, Texas
    fwdioc.org
  8. Galveston-Houston, Texas
    archgh.org
  9. Laredo, Texas
    dioceseoflaredo.org
  10. Lubbock, Texas
    catholiclubbock.org
  11. San Angelo, Texas
    sanangelodiocese.org
  12. San Antonio, Texas
    archsa.org
  13. Tyler, Texas
    dioceseoftyler.org
  14. Victoria in Texas
    victoriadiocese.org

You can use these websites to contact the closest diocese in your area. Tell them exactly what you have told us and I'm sure they will provide some help and assistance. If you do not think they are addressing your spiritual needs, you are welcome to contact the Ambassador to the Holy See and the Holy Father, himself. Here is the contact information to do that:


Your desire to join the Church is the Holy Spirit moving you to persevere on this journey. Don't let one bad [example/person] stop you from following the Spirit. We at AskACatholic will keep you in our prayers.

I hope this helps,

Mike

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