The following is a letter from the Corpus Christi Diocese explaining why there will NOT be a 500th year Jubilee celebration for the naming of Corpus Christi in 1519......
How did Corpus Christi Texas get its name?
In 1519, on the Roman Catholic Feast Day of Corpus Christi, Spanish explorer Alonzo Alvarez de Pineda discovered a lush semi-tropical bay on what is now the southern coast of Texas. The bay, and the city that later sprung up there, took the name of the feast day celebrating the "Body of Christ."
— Corpus Christi Historical Records
However, our research along with other research does not have any proof that the naming of the Corpus Christi bay occurred on 1519. The date is much later than 1519. Therefore, we are not recognizing the 500thanniversary date.
We are of course celebrating the Feast of Corpus Christi with a Eucharistic Procession on June 20th beginning at 6:30 pm at the Cathedral and all are welcome.
If you would like more information on the events of the Feast of Corpus Christi, on your phone text the word “CorpusChristi” to “84576” and you will receive updates or visit the Diocese of Corpus Christi website.
Director, Offices of Multicultural and Social Ministry
& V Encuentro Coordinator
Diocese of Corpus Christi