Discover Dallas, Pre-Conference

Discover Dallas!
Cathedral Tour and Visit to the Dallas Arts District
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
$30.00 per person (includes transportation, snack and tour)

Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe tour will offer some Religious, Historical, Architectural, Ethnic/Cultural information regarding the Cathedral. Guests will have an opportunity to visit the gift shop. Confessions at 11:30 am and Mass at 12:00 Noon. http://www.cathedralguadalupe.org
Venture out to the Dallas Arts District for lunch at one of the many dining options, museums, performances and exhibits. Click here for a visitor’s guide.

The Cathedral is the mother church of the 630,000 Roman Catholics in the nine-county Diocese of Dallas. Today, the Cathedral serves the largest cathedral congregation in the United States — as well as the largest Latino parish congregation — with 25,000 registered households. Although English-only-speaking parishioners represent fewer than 10 percent of the Cathedral’s congregation, the great diversity of the Cathedral community has enriched and energized the parish The Cathedral Chorale and the Spanish Choir of the Cathedral are but one example of the fellowship and sense of purpose of the parish. The choirs frequently collaborate for special events, and have recorded a compact disc and cassette at the world-class Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. Entitled Alzad La Cruz!, the recording contains both English and Spanish music, and features the world premier of Missa Guadalupe, a bilingual setting of the Mass commissioned by the Cathedral from Dallas composer Joel Martinson. This unity of
diverse cultures as well as the majesty of the Cathedral’s spacious and resplendent architecture, gives rise to a spirituality that is a living testament to the catholic notion of community.
Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe is a place where God’s grace and great promise transcend the boundaries of race, language, creed and time — where God’s people can worship in peace and joy as one body in Christ.


The Dallas Arts District is the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation.
Starting in the 1970s the city of Dallas hired a series of consultants to determine how the city could best house its arts and cultural institutions. In 1978 the consultants recommended that Dallas take the scattered major arts institutions from across the city and move them all together. The northeast end of downtown presented itself as the best location for this new conglomerate of institutions. Soon a lively mix of cultural and commercial destinations popped up, effortlessly blending contemporary and historic architecture.
In 1984 the Dallas Museum of Art, designed by Edward Larabee Barnes, opened as the first institution in the newly made District. Through the next 20 years, the development of the Arts District continued with the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect I.M. Pei (1989); the Crow Collection of Asian Art in the existing Trammell Crow Center (1998); the Nasher Sculpture Center, designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Renzo Piano (2003) and the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, recently opening a new addition designed by Brad Cloepfil (2008). The relocation of the major art institutions was complete In 2009, with the opening of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. With the openings of Moody Performance Hall (formerly Dallas City Performance Hall), Klyde Warren Park and The Perot Museum of Nature and Science in 2012, the District continues to meet its goals of being a hive for artistic and educational life by encouraging each visitor to explore their creative side.