Oratorian priest named auxiliary bishop of Brownsville

Bishop-elect Mario Alberto Aviles, CO. Photo courtesy of the Brownsville Herald.

Pope Francis appointed Father Mario Alberto Aviles, CO as auxiliary bishop of Brownsville, TX.

Bishop-elect Aviles, 48, was born in Mexico City. He was ordained a priest for the Confederation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in 1998. He first attended the Catholic Panamerican University in Mexico City, then transferred to Rome to study philosophy and theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum University. He received a master’s of divinity at the Holy Apostles Seminary in Cromwell, Conn. in 2000. He also has a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix.

He was Dean of the Oratory Academy and Oratory Athenaeum in Pharr (TX) from 2005-2012 and a member of the Diocesan Pastoral Council at Brownsville since 2011. He has been Procurator General of the Confederation of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri since 2012 and speaks Spanish, English and Italian. He is currently pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Hidalgo, TX.

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