BROWNSVILLE, Dec. 9 - Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Daniel Flores, of the Archdiocese of Detroit, as the new bishop for the Diocese of Brownsville.
Flores will be installed as the sixth bishop of the diocese on February 2, 2010. He replaces the Most Rev. Raymundo J. Peña, who is retiring as bishop of the Diocese of Brownsville.
Peña will introduce Flores today at 9:30 a.m. at a news conference at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Brownsville (1218 E. Jefferson St.) and at 3 p.m. at the Bishop Adolph Marx Conference Center in the Diocesan Pastoral Center in San Juan (700 N. Virgen de San Juan Blvd. - near the Basilica grounds.)
Flores currently serves as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Detroit. He was ordained a bishop on November 29, 2006 at Detroit’s Blessed Sacrament Cathedral. He was born in Palacios, Texas, in 1961 and baptized in Zapata, Texas, where both of his parents, Fernando Javier Flores and Lydia Dilley Flores, were born. He grew up in Corpus Christi.
Flores was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Corpus Christi in January 1988. As a priest of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, he served in a number of capacities, including Parochial Vicar at Corpus Christi Cathedral, Secretary to the Bishop, Diocesan Master of Ceremonies, Assistant Chancellor, Rector of the Saint John Vianney House of Studies, and Episcopal Vicar for Vocations.
Flores also served in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, on the formation faculty and as vice-rector of St. Mary’s Seminary and on the teaching faculty at the University of St. Thomas School of Theology.