San Antonio Archbishop Emeritus Patrick Flores dead at 87

Archbishop Patricio Flores, who headed the Archdiocese of San Antonio from 1979 to 2004 died on Jan. 9 of pneumonia and congestive heart failure at Padua Place, a residence for retired priests in San Antonio. He was 87.

Born the sixth of nine children in the Texas Coastal Plains farming town of Ganado, he was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston in 1956.

According to the Archdiocese of San Antonio web site, he served as director of the diocesan Christian Family Movement and as director of the Bishop’s Committee for the Spanish-Speaking.

In a sense Archbishop Emeritus Flores was a trailblazer. He was active in the Cursillo movement and a co-founder of PADRES, [Padres Asociados para Derechos Religiosos, Educativos, y Sociales]–Priests Associated for Religious, Education, and Social Rights–Both were controversial Hispanic movements at the time.  He was also instrumental in founding the Mexican American Cultural Center, now Mexican American Catholic College.

In 1970 thinking he was summoned to Washington by the Vatican’s then Apostolate Delegate, Archbishop Luigi Raimondi to be reprimanded, instead he received a promotion.

At the age of 40 he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio. In 1978 he was appointed Bishop of El Paso and fifteen months later named Archbishop of San Antonio.

The Funeral Mass is scheduled for 1:00 pm, Tuesday, Jan. 17 in San Fernando Cathedral.

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