Texas Gulf Coast Register/South Texas Catholic Newspapers

About the Collection

Bishop Thomas J. Drury established the Texas Gulf Coast Register, the predecessor to the South Texas Catholic, in May 1966 as the official organ for the Diocese of Corpus Christi, which at that time covered the area south of a line running from Corpus Christi to Laredo. The newspaper’s name was changed to the Texas Gulf Coast Catholic in 1970 and eventually to the South Texas Catholic in 1980. In 2012, the newspaper changed to a magazine format.

The need for a diocesan newspaper took special urgency as the bishop was entrusted with implementing the changes brought about by Vatican II. Moreover, Pope Paul VI had issued a decree entitled “The Media of Social Communication,” in which he urged bishops to promote and guide the means of communications in their dioceses.

Through the years the mission of the newspaper has been “Continuing of the teaching ministry established by Christ.” The newspaper’s objectives include fostering a sense of community in the diocese; keeping open the channels of communication between the bishop and the people; and serving as a sounding board for diverse Catholic viewpoints.



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