We, the people of God at Christ the King Cathedral, conscious of and grateful for our manifold gifts, are committed to our mission of growing in our Christian faith, discovering the presence of God, and sanctifying our world by the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ by living faith-filled lives of love and service to others.
Our story as a parish began in the late 1950s when various priests and parish members of St. Elizabeth University Parish, saw growth toward the south as an opportunity for “Spreading the Gospel, Building the Kingdom” in Lubbock. They secured a thirty-acre site at 54th and Orlando, surrounded by dirt roads and fields of cotton on all four sides at that time.
The first structure, finished in 1958, was a grade school, consisting of a gymnasium, locker rooms and cafeteria. Sunday Masses and other liturgies were celebrated in the gymnasium. A high school wing was added in 1963 and closed in 1981. The high school reopened in 2002 by adding a tenth grade. A grade was added each year until Christ the King Cathedral High School graduated its first senior class in the new millennium in 2005.
The church building was dedicated in 1968. When Lubbock became a diocese in June 1983, Christ the King was designated as the Cathedral Church. In 1990, parish leadership began a remodeling effort to enlarge the worship space and bring the building into conformity with directives that had been issued for Cathedral buildings following Vatican II. In 1993, the parish began a campaign to raise funds for the project. Parishioners moved from the church building in January 1997, worshipping in the school gymnasium for the next fifteen months. The first Mass in the new worship space was on April 4, 1998. The project was ultimately completed completed in December 1999.
The next major expansion of parish facilities was the dream of the parish as identified in its “Vision 20/20: Improvement in Sight” initiative. Parishioners envisioned an early childhood development program, a multi-purpose activity center, a major renovation and expansion of Christ the King Cathedral School, a covered drop off access into the church for elderly and disabled, and construction of an adoration chapel and bell tower. Through a successful capital campaign, most of these projects became a reality by late 2008.
Today, with new or expanded facilities for childcare, award winning Catholic education, child, youth and adult catechetical programs, diocesan events, parish organizations, ministries, outreach, study, worship and fellowship, Christ the King Cathedral is a thriving faith community that is “Spreading the Gospel – Building the Kingdom.”
+Rev. (later Most Rev.) Thomas J. Drury, Jan. 1961 – Feb. 1962
+Rev. Msgr. James E. Fitzgerald, Feb. 1962 – July 1975
Rev. Thomas McGovern, July 1975 – May 1978
Rev. Ron Krisman, May 1978 – Sept. 1981
+Rev. Msgr. James A. Comiskey, First Rector of Christ the King Cathedral, May 1978 – July 1998
Rev. Msgr. Ben Kasteel, now Rector Emeritus, July 1998 – July 2011
Very Rev. William J. Anton, July 2011 – July 2017