SAINT MATTHEW CATHOLIC CHURCH
In mid-summer of 1964 Bishop Thomas K. Gorman of the Diocese of Dallas-Fort Worth established the parish, named in honor of St. Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist. It was the second parish in the growing town of
Father Neu remained as pastor until 1978 when Monsignor Joseph Thomas became the second pastor. It was about this time that the need for a third cultural language become part of the parish. Hispanic immigrants joined the Anglos and the Vietnamese.
Father Tyl, in 1980, became the next pastor. Masses were celebrated in English, Vietnamese and Spanish each weekend. The congregation had grown to more than 1700 families by the 15th anniversary of the parish founding.
Father Richard Judge succeeded Father Tyl in 1985. Father Judge led the parish to an important point of parish advisory councils to help in the administration of such a large parish. By 1985 St. Matthew parish had 2700 families, from 16 countries, worshiping in three languages, and working together in the parish family. The senior citizens met at St. Matthew. The parish was the focal point in the implementation of the national Amnesty Program in the
In 1986 plans were made for the permanent church building to seat nearly 1000 faithful at one time. The new church building was dedicated on November 12, 1989. The existing facilities were renovated for office space, meeting rooms, and a large hall across from the cafeteria.
With the death of Fr. Judge on Palm Sunday, 1993, Father Gary Geurtz became our 5th pastor. He stayed until the following year when he went to another parish.
Father Joseph Schumacher was the pastor August, 1994 to June 2006. Father Hilary Tran Cong Ly, CMC joined the parish that summer as associate pastor, working with the Community of the Vietnamese Martyrs. In 1996 a second Vietnamese Mass and a second Spanish Mass were added. The Vietnamese Community established their own parish (the Church of the Vietnamese Martyrs) during 2000.
Fr. Hector Medina became our pastor July 1, 2006 until September 18, 2014; Fr. Eliseo Hernandez, CORC, was our pastor from September 19, 2014 until September 19, 2015; Fr. Alejandro Hernandez, CORC our current pastor. Today there are more than 12,000 families in the parish. The language and cultural breakdown is truly the