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Tyler, Texas: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

About the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler, Texas:

In 1878, this community was no longer considered missionary territory and Immaculate Conception Parish was established as part of the Diocese of Galveston. By 1880, the Catholic population exceeded 200 and property was purchased at the corner of West Locust Street and North College Avenue where a small wooden frame church was built.

Through great sacrifices of wealth and energy, the new Immaculate Conception Church was dedicated on March 17, 1935. In 1949, and then again in 1978, it was renovated and re-decorated.

The structure, which was designed in the Spanish style, is reminiscent of the Spanish heritage of Texas.

It stands with nobility and warmth at the corner of one of the busiest intersections in Tyler.


Since its dedication, the Church has stood as a symbol of those first courageous people who gave so totally of themselves so that we might experience and share their Catholic roots and traditions.

In 1987, recognizing the explosive growth of the Catholic population in East Texas, the Holy See created the Diocese of Tyler from portions of the Dioceses of Dallas, Beaumont and Galveston-Houston. Immaculate Conception Church was designated as the chief church of the new diocese and thus became the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

By 1994, with thousands attending Masses every weekend at the Cathedral, there became a need for an additional site for the celebration of the Mass. St. Paul’s Chapel was created as a temporary facility in the Chancery Office while a permanent location was planned.  The patience of the parishioners was rewarded on December 8, 2011, when the Chapel of Saints Peter & Paul was dedicated by Bishop Alvaro Corrada.


Finding the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler, Texas:

Address:  423 S. Broadway, Tyler, TX

Tel: +1 903.592.1617

email:  use the contact form on their website.

Click here for the official website of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler, Texas


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