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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Fr. Edward Matocha helped form diocese

From the Austin (TX) American-Statesman:

"When Edward Matocha came to Austin in 1947, he was the only ordained Catholic priest in the area. Over the next 60 years, he helped start the Austin Diocese, stood in as second in command to its bishops and became, in the eyes of other church leaders, the anchor and the history of the diocese.

"Matocha, 88, died Wednesday....

"Matocha was named chancellor of the Austin Diocese about 1949 and given the duties of witnessing signatures on important documents and acting as the diocese's archivist, according to the diocese. About the same time, he served as the chaplain of Seton Hospitals. He served as secretary to his friend Bishop Louis J. Reicher and was the founding pastor of St. Louis Catholic Church on Burnet Road in North Austin in 1952...."

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