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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 

         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!


On Saturday, May 6, 2023, eight laity and deacons from the Diocese of Laredo graduated with a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.

The Diocese of Laredo congratulates each of the graduates! If you would like information to join the next class 


The St. Jude Court #2363 of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) recently had a "Sisterhood Recruitment Luncheon" to invite new members to join the organization. Four women committed to join the court as members!

On April 21, 2023, the St. Jude Court, along with other CDA courts from Laredo participated in the annual Relay for Life, an event that raises money to help cancer patients receive the support they need, as well as to further research for better treatments for cancer. 


There is still time to register for the 2023 Annual Diocesan Conference: “Eucharistic Revival, The Source and Summit of Our Faith”! Our speakers include Dr. John Bergsma (pictured below left), Professor of Theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and Tim Staples (pictured below right), Director of Apologetics and Evangelization at Catholic Answers. Read more about all of our speakers HERE.



The Office of Family Life will host the annual Pro-Life Rosary Walk on Sunday, January 22, 2023 at 2:30pm. All are invited to join in the 2-mile walk to pray for a respect for human life at all stages -- from conception until natural death. 

The walk will begin at the corner of Boston and Santa Ursula in front of Hernandez-Lopez Funeral Home and end at San Agustín Cathedral. A Mass will follow.  

Bishop James A. Tamayo and the faithful of the Diocese of Laredo join the Church universal in mourning the passing of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. We extend our heartfelt sympathies to His Holiness Pope Francis and join him in offering our prayers for the repose of the soul of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. As a faithful servant of God, Pope Benedict dedicated his life and ministry as Pope in the service of inviting all people to an encounter with God through the Church and its ministries.

May his soul and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Great hope filled the world when our Savior Jesus Christ was born! He was a king like no other – one who came into the world as a helpless infant. Over 2000 years later, we continue to rejoice and celebrate the holy birth of our Savior!