January 16, 2017
As a school community and a Catholic community in the Archdiocese of San Antonio, we mourn the passing of Archbishop Emeritus Patricio Flores. Archbishop Flores led the Archdiocese through 25 years, and gave his whole priestly life to the faithful of our community. The first Mexican American bishop, Flores did much to represent Catholics and South Texans in our community, our country, and our Church. Many of the institutions that we rely on, including our seminary and MACC, were started by Archbishop Flores.
Of course for us at St. John Paul II, it was Archbishop Flores that made the 1987 Papal Visit to Texas a reality. At an Ad Liminia meeting in the early 1980's (the quinquennial report about their diocese that bishops give to the Pope), Archbishop Flores invited Pope John Paul II to visit Texas and San Antonio, on behalf of the Texas bishops. Famously for us, of course, St. John Paul II took him up on the offer. The great audacity of hope!
Archbishop Flores, eternal rest grant onto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
Many thanks to the Rocha and Moser families for participating in the Rosaries being prayed for Archbishop Flores on Monday.