January 1, 2024 – December 31, 2026

Plenary Indulgence Granted
to Faithful

In occasion of the Anniversaries of the
Archdiocese of San Antonio

Pope Francis has granted the faithful a Plenary Indulgence for the sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of canonical erection of the Diocese of San Antonio, created on August 28, 1874, as well as the centennial (100th) anniversary of the elevation to Metropolitan Archdiocese of San Antonio on August 3rd, 1926. The indulgence is valid between January 1, 2024, and December 31, 2026. The baptized faithful who commit to detachment of sin and follow the steps according to the teaching and law of the Catholic Church, receive this indulgence by being in the state of grace at the completion of the prescribed works below:

  • Devoutly visiting a designated site and pray the Our Father and recite the Creed
  • Meeting the three usual conditions of sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion (receiving Holy Communion), and prayer for the intention of the Pope
  • Those who are unable due to age, illness, or other circumstances to leave their home can gain the indulgence by spiritually joining themself to the anniversary celebrations and offering their sufferings to God

The designated sites are:

The Cathedral of San Fernando
San Antonio, TX

One of the oldest continuous functioning cathedrals in the United States
Parish Website | 210-227-1297
115 Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205

St. Mary Catholic Church
Fredericksburg, TX

A beautiful and historic church located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country
Parish Website | 830-997-9523
306 W. San Antonio St., Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Uvalde, TX

The community that experienced the horrific school shooting of nineteen students and two teachers in 2022. It is a community in need of healing.
Parish Website | 830-278-3448
408 Fort Clark Rd., Uvalde, TX 78801

St. James Catholic Church
Gonzales, TX

A community of faith located in the eastern part of the Archdiocese. It is here where the battle cry for Texas Independence was initially heard.
Parish Website | 830-672-2945
417 N. College St., Gonzales, TX 78629

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church
Panna Maria, TX

A beautiful historic church situated in the oldest Polish settlement in Texas
Parish Website | 830-780-2748
13879 N FM 81, Panna Maria, TX 78144

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints… The faithful can gain indulgences for themselves or apply them to the dead.”

Most Reverend Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS
Archbishop of San Antonio

Resource for Parishes

Download the Plenary Indulgence for distribution in your parish community. You are encouraged to post on your website and social media accounts, and publish in your bulletins.

Plenary Indulgence (Full-page) Plenary Indulgence (Half-page)

Decree of the Apostolic Penitentiary on the granting of Plenary Indulgence

Original Decree (Latin) Translation of the Decree (EN/ES)