CELEBRATING THE 100TH BIRTHDAY OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EL PASO; Congressional Record Vol. 160, No. 33
(House of Representatives - February 27, 2014)

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CELEBRATING THE 100TH BIRTHDAY OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EL PASO

  (Mr. GALLEGO asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute.)
  Mr. GALLEGO. Mr. Speaker, El Paso, Texas, has a rich and vast history 
spanning back hundreds of years. With the Ysleta Mission established in 
the 1600s, it has deep roots in Catholicism, but it wasn't until 1914 
that the Roman Catholic Diocese of El Paso was established by Pope Pius 
X.
  On March 3, the Roman Catholic Diocese of El Paso will celebrate its 
100th anniversary. The diocese provides invaluable and multilingual 
services to 10 counties covering nearly 27,000 miles of southwest 
Texas.
  From the historic missions Ysleta, Socorro, and San Elizario, through 
the Davis Mountains, and on to the Big Bend country, the diocese is 
rich in history.
  While these three missions are a focal point of the 100th birthday 
celebration, all the churches in the diocese play a critical role in 
their respective communities and, through these historic missions and 
the far-flung churches where priests and nuns still ride the circuit, 
the Diocese of El Paso has a profound impact on young and old alike.
  As a member of the Diocese of El Paso, I wish them great success over 
the next 100 years.
  Feliz cumpleanos. Happy Birthday.

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