[quote=rcn]That reminds me - at the beginning of his installation mass which EWTN televised, they read a proclamation announcing the establishment of a new archdiocese in Galveston-Houston (why does Galveston on a par with Houston anyway?), and read the list of dioceses that would be moved from the SA archdiocese to the new one.
I was surprised at the length of the list… at least 8 or 10 dioceses in Texas alone. I would not have expected more than 3 or 4 dioceses to cover the state. Just how many dioceses are there in Texas? Is there a site that lists all the dioceses in the US?
David answered the question regarding number of diocese in Texas. I will, however, reiterate what David said. Texas is BIG. Keep in mind it is about 830 miles from Orange (on Texas/Louisiana border) to El Paso and about 830 miles from Dalhart (northwesten panhandle) to Brownsville (bottom tip of Texas).
Galveston was the biggest city in Texas when it was designated a Diocese. In fact, the Galveston Diocese originally included the entire state of Texas. It wasn’t until 1959 when Houston got so big that it was joined with Galveston and the diocese was re-named Galveston/Houston.
Probably more than you wanted to know.