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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:

Melinda Sepulveda
Victim Assistance Coordinator
1901 Corpus Christi St. Laredo, TX 78043
(956) 764-7868

Safe Environment Reporting Guidelines

Reporting Suspected Sexual Abuse Form

Code of Conduct

Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service (CBAR)

Diocesan News Blog 

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In a letter to Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Bishop James A. Tamayo offered prayers on behalf of the Diocese of Laredo. "The clergy, Religious and faithful of the Diocese of Laredo are united in prayer with you and the people of the Archdiocese in asking our dear Lord to bring comfort and strength to the families impacted by the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas. May these beautiful souls be received into the glory and peace of heaven. May the families be comforted by the countless prayers offered for their consolation."

Effective May 28, masks are no longer required at Mass, Catholic schools or Diocesan buildings.

A partir del 28 de mayo, ya no será necesario el uso de mascarilla en Misa, escuelas Católicas o edificios de la Diócesis.

In honor of National Police Week, members of the St. Jude Court #2363 of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas presented police officers with a gift. A special prayer was printed and tied onto bags filled with goodies to satisfy the sweet tooth! The law enforcement officers who received the gift bags were sure that the treats would lift the spirits of their fellow officers who face a lot of pressure and stress.   


On Monday, May 16, 2022, Bishop Tamayo officiated a Blue Mass. This Mass honored all of the brave men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and to those who protect and serve their community everyday.

Alleluia! Alleluia! Jesus Christ is Risen!

My dear brothers and sisters, Christ is truly risen! As Christians, we know this to be true. May our hope in Christ be renewed as we proclaim Christ’s resurrection today.

In our joy, we must not ignore the pain and the suffering of this world: innocent families who have been torn apart due to the war in Ukraine; migrants who, fleeing violence and danger, are seeking asylum; families who have lost their homes due to wildfires; loved ones whom we have lost due to illness. There is immense suffering in this world.


God’s mercy is endless. With this in mind, Bishop James A. Tamayo invites you to think about how forgiving you are toward your “neighbor.”