Brownsville, Texas, Dec 9, 2009 / 10:04 am America/Denver (CNA).
The Vatican announced today that Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Auxiliary Bishop Daniel Flores of the Archdiocese of Detroit as bishop of the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas.
“We are very sad to lose him,” said Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit in a statement on December 9, “but we understand that his being sent to Brownsville is God's will, for him, for the priests and people there, and for us.”
Bishop Daniel Flores, 48, was born in Palacios, Texas, in 1961. After studying at Holy Trinity Seminary at the University of Dallas and earning both a bachelor's and master's degree, he was ordained for the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1988.
Bishop Flores also attended the University of St. Thomas in Rome, where he completed a licentiate and doctoral degree in theology in 2000. After his return to the U.S., the bishop was assigned to serve in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston as part of the formation faculty of St. Mary's Seminary as well as the teaching faculty at the University of St. Thomas School of Theology.
At the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Bishop Flores served on the Task Force for Faith Formation and Sacramental Practice.