At the dawn of the third millennium, Pope St. John Paul II called the Church to “take up her evangelizing mission with fresh enthusiasm,” and to “open wide the doors to Christ!”
Our earliest days in Texas began in 2009 when eight Sisters arrived to teach in the Diocese of Austin at the invitation of Bishop Gregory Aymond. The years since have seen the continued increase of our teaching missions, the successful fulfillment of a significant capital campaign, and the completed construction of Phase I of our new Priory. Indeed, our community has established its first national expansion since our founding in 1997.
As our presence has steadily grown, our apostolate has flourished, enabling us to expand the work to which God has called us – to praise, to bless, and to preach through catechesis, evangelization, and witness. Through it all, our hearts have been captured by the love of so many who have made all this possible through their sacrificial goodness.
We also are honored to be teaching in the following schools in Texas:
- St. Helen’s Catholic School (Georgetown)
- Holy Family & St. Dominic Savio Catholic Schools (Austin)
- St. John XXIII Catholic High School & University of St. Thomas (Houston)
The Sisters deeply appreciate the welcome and enthusiastic support of so many in Central Texas, including, most importantly, the current Bishop, the Most Reverend Joe Vásquez. God bless you all!
2009 → Eight Sisters arrived in the Diocese of Austin upon the invitation of then Bishop Gregory Aymond.
2011 → Through the assistance of generous benefactors, our community purchased 60.4 acre tract of land in northeast Austin, near Georgetown on the San Gabriel River.
2012 → We commenced our $30 million Open Wide the Doors capital campaign, the purpose of which was to fund Phase I construction and support initial operations at the facility. Later that year, we celebrated the Blessing of the Texas property and entrusted the project to Our Lady.
2013 → We achieved our first major project milestone by completing the construction of a temporary mission convent on the site, allowing our Texas Sisters to live in community and work on-site to oversee our project and development efforts. In addition to this convent – which eventually may be used as a guest house or chaplain residence – we also maintain current houses in North Austin and Buda.
2013 → On September 21, we were honored by the presence of Bishop Joe Vásquez of the Diocese of Austin and Bishop Michael Mulvey of Corpus Christi as they celebrated the Rite of Blessing for this mission convent.
2014 → We completed the construction and celebrated the blessing of the Texas Priory Prayer Garden.
2017 → We made the decision to move forward with Phase I of the facility and, after competitively bidding the project, selected Zapalac/Reed as our general contractor. We broke ground on the project in July.
2018 → We completed construction of Phase I of our Priory.
2019 → The Blessing our Texas Priory held on February 16, 2019.
The first phase of our Priory is comprised of 81,000 square feet and includes 56 cells as well as dining, education, community, library, gymnasium, and support spaces.