Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is the mother church of the Diocese of Tyler.
Immaculate Conception Parish was established in 1878 and the present Immaculate Conception Church was dedicated on March 17, 1935.
In 1987, recognizing the growth of the Catholic population in East Texas, the Holy See created the Diocese of Tyler from portions of the Dioceses of Dallas, Beaumont and Galveston-Houston, and named Charles E. Herzig as the first bishop. Immaculate Conception Church was designated as the chief church of the new diocese and thus became the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
The structure, which was designed in the Spanish style, is reminiscent of the Spanish heritage of Texas. It stands with nobility and warmth at the corner of one of the busiest intersections in Tyler. Since its dedication, the church has stood as a symbol of those first courageous people who gave so totally of themselves so that we might experience and share their Catholic roots and traditions.