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​Archbishop establishes new parish, Mary Mother of the Church; names new pastor

July 10, 2020 | posted by Archdiocese of San Antonio

Topics: In the Press, Breaking News

Archbishop establishes new parish, Mary Mother of the Church; names new pastor

On the Feast day of Mary, Mother of the Church, June 1, Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, read the decree establishing the first new Catholic parish in the archdiocese in 20 years and named Father Martin Leopold as the new pastor.

This new parish, which received funding from the On the Way–¡Ándale! capital campaign, is located at the corner of Potranco Road and Rousseau Street, a high growth area of San Antonio with more than 150,000 homes.

The afternoon of June 1, Father Leopold Martin celebrated the first Mass on the site at the parish site for 20 attendees.

“The Lord is with us!” proclaimed Archbishop Gustavo during the decree signing ceremony. Campaign funds totaling $5 million were used to purchase the 52-acre site for the new parish.

Father Leopold, 46, was ordained a priest in May 2001. He had assignments as parochial vicar at Holy Spirit Parish; pastor at St. James and Sacred Heart in Gonzales, and St. Patrick in Waelder; moderator of the curia for the archdiocese; and most recently he has served as pastor at St. Peter, Prince of the Apostles, Our Lady of Grace, and Our Lady of Sorrows parishes.

Father Leopold, speaking at the liturgy on the new parish property, said, “Thank you for the many ways you have built up the kingdom of God. This land will become the hub of our parish, Mary, Mother of the Church.”

The Archdiocese of San Antonio currently serves 2.6 million people in 19 counties across South Central Texas.

The On the Way-¡Ándale! capital campaign commenced in March 2017 and so far $58.6 million in gifts and pledges has been raised. A virtual celebration for the success of the campaign was held on the Catholic Television of San Antonio on June 16. More information about the campaign can be found at