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Corpus Christi, Texas

The Catholic history of Corpus Christi, Texas:

Spanish explorer Alonzo Alvarez de Pineda Alonso (1494-1520)  was a Spanish conquistador and cartographer who was the first person to map parts of the Gulf of Mexico and the coastline of what would later become part of the United States.   Among his discoveries, in 1519, was a lush, semi-tropical bay on what is now the southern coast of Texas. His arrival coincided with the Feast of Corpus Christi, which had been established in 1246, so they gave the city that name.

The Diocese of Corpus Christi encompasses the counties of Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, and a portion of McMullen County.

Catholic places of interest in Corpus Christi, Texas:

With so many Catholic churches in Corpus Christi, we are highlighting just two of them.

Saint Andrew by the Sea Catholic Church:  outdoor church in a slightly more casual atmosphere

Our Lady of Corpus Christi Retreat Center: retreat Center with priests from the Society of Our Lady of the Holy Trinity (SOLT)

For other Catholic churches in Corpus Christi, we refer you to the Diocese of Corpus Christi Map.

Traveling to Corpus Christi, Texas:

Corpus Christi (population about 300,000 as of 2020) is on the Gulf Coast, about 130 miles southeast of San Antonio and 208 miles southwest of Houston.  It is part of the Padre Island National Seashore, an interesting wildlife habitat. As the world’s largest remaining natural barrier island, this spectacular expanse includes 70 miles of uninterrupted national seashore.

Corpus Christi has an airport, Corpus Christi International Airport (CRP), served by several airlines with mostly regional flights to cities such as Dallas and Houston.  It is called an international airport due to some flights to Mexico, but that is the only other country served from Corpus Christi.


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