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Bishop James A. Tamayo, D.D.

First Bishop of Laredo

Most Reverend James A. Tamayo, D.D.

Date of Ordination: June 11, 1976
Date of Installation: August 9, 2000 

Safe Environment

Promise to Protect

Safe Environment

The Diocese of Laredo is proactively engaged, through the education, training, and screening of its clergy,
lay personnel, and volunteers, in maintaining a safe environment for children and young persons in all
its churches, facilities, and sponsored events. If you, or someone you know, has been a victim
of child sexual abuse by church personnel, please contact:

Romeo Rodriguez Jr., Chancellor
Victim Assistance Coordinator
1901 Corpus Christi St. Laredo, TX 78043
(956) 764-7825

Safe Environment Reporting Guidelines

Reporting Suspected Sexual Abuse Form

Code of Conduct

Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service (CBAR)

Diocesan News Blog 

         Read about all the events happening in our diocese, special Masses, announcements from our parishes and missions,              upcoming events, and important news from national Catholic outlets! Click on the title of each story to read it in full!

During this time of social distancing, even though you can not physically go to Mass, the Diocese of Laredo invites you to join local priests in the highest form of prayer through live streamed Masses.




Bishop Tamayo joins with his fellow brother bishops from Texas in sharing with you this message of faith and hope. 





Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,  Peace be with you!  

As the Shepherd of the Diocese of Laredo, I care deeply for your spiritual and physical well-being. Our present situation coincides with the liturgical season of Lent which is both a penitential season and a time of prayerful personal reflection.  Our faith is rooted in a total surrender and trust in God who has never and will never abandon His people. 

In light of the serious health risks posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19), the 2020 Annual Diocesan Conference, originally scheduled for March 28, 2020 at Texas A&M International University (TAMIU), has been postponed.

This decision, adhering with the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, has been made as a precautionary measure for the safety of the people of the Diocese of Laredo, as well as registrants and speakers who planned to travel from out of town to attend the event.

On March 13, 2020, Most Reverend James A. Tamayo, First Bishop of the Diocese of Laredo, along with his brother bishops, received the following Presidential Statement from His Excellency Most Reverend José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).

Bishop James A. Tamayo joins with his fellow brother bishops of Texas in supporting the following statement. The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops welcomes the preliminary injunction issued by a federal judge, making the refugee consent decision to deny Texans the ability to welcome refugees mute, at least until the court makes a final decision or unless the injunction is overturned by a higher court.

KHOY Radio

KHOY is a nonprofit, non-commercial educational FM broadcast station that serves the community of Laredo and surrounding areas with positive programming.

Youth Ministry

It is the goal of the Office of Youth Ministry to help young people grow in their faith and come to know Christ through service to their community and others.

Family Life Ministry

The Family Life Office responds in faith to the spiritual needs of God's people throughout the natural life cycle by enriching their journey of faith.


Thinking about a vocation? There are four types of vocations. Need help discerning which one suits you? We can help!

Adult Faith Formation

Religious Education strives to make disciples by making the Catholic faith known, loved and lived among adults and young adults through leadership and faith formation.

Stewardship and Development

Our mission is to assist, teach, affirm and empower Catholics in the Diocese of Laredo to live as disciples and stewards of the Church.


Our mission is to bring back those individuals, whose marriages have ended, into the sacramental life of the Church. 

Sacramental Preparation

The Office of Sacramental Preparation is committed to witnessing and proclaiming the reign of God through motivation, education and communication. 


Catholic Cemetery

Calvary Catholic Cemetery is committed to the corporal work of mercy, performing a ministry of service to all the faithful.

Pastoral Institute

Our mission is to make disciples, by making the Catholic faith known, loved and lived among adults and young adults, through leadership and faith formation opportunities.

CYO Sports

The Catholic Youth Organization enriches families and strengthens communities across Laredo through youth programs that embrace the love and example of Jesus Christ.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities Diocese of Laredo's vision is to find solutions to reduce poverty in our community.