Catholic Diocese of Brownsville To Have Auxiliary Bishop In 52 Year History

SAN JUAN, Texas - The first auxiliary bishop in the Valley formally announced by Pope Francis.

The Catholic Dioceses of Brownsville is calling this announcement a “historic trifecta for the local Catholic community in the RGV.”

This morning Bishop Daniel E. Flores made the formal announcement in San Juan to the Dioceses.

For the first time in the 52-year history of the organization there will be an Auxiliary Bishop.

“I’m very grateful that now we can as I would say, kick it up a notch,” says Flores.

Father Mario Alberto Aviles, former pastor of Sacred Heart Church of Hidalgo will be referred colloquially as Bishop, but his title is auxiliary bishop. His new role will formally place him in a position to assist the current bishop, Daniel Flores.  Despite his new title, there is till only one bishop in the dioceses.

“This is not a split of the work,” says Aviles, “…we have one bishop. The bishop of Brownsville and I will collaborate with him.”

Currently there are 15 bishops in the State of Texas and 4 auxiliary bishops. As of February 22nd, Aviles will be the fifth. He will be the first consecrated in the Rio Grande Valley.

“I have to learn a lot about the office it is still something new but I’m sure with the help of bishop it’s possible,” says Aviles.

Flores claims there are “So many challenges but so many graces.” He plans to collaborate with the bishop elect.

The diocese claims Pope Francis’ decision is a way to show support for this border region.


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