Pope Names Bishop Cirilo Flores Coadjutor Bishop of San Diego

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bishop-floresPope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Cirilo Flores, auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Orange, California, coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of San Diego.

The appointment was publicized in Washington, January 4, 2012 by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States. As coadjutor bishop, Bishop Flores is automatically in line to succeed Bishop Robert Brom upon his retirement.

Cirilo Flores was born June 20, 1948, in Corona, California. He attended Corona Unified School District, St. Edward School and Notre Dame High School in Riverside, California. He received a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, a doctorate from Stanford University Law School, Palo Alto, California, and a master of divinity from St. John Seminary in Camarillo, California. He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Orange on June 8, 1991.


Pope Names Bishop Ochoa of El Paso, Texas to Fresno

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OchoaPope Benedict XVI has named 68-year-old Bishop Armando X. Ochoa of El Paso, Texas, as Bishop of Fresno, California. He succeeds Bishop John Steinbock, who died December 5, 2010. The appointment was publicized in Washington, December 1, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Armando Ochoa was born April 9, 1943, in Oxnard, California. He studied at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California, and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1970. Bishop Ochoa served in several Los Angeles parishes and was associate director of the Spanish-speaking permanent diaconate for the archdiocese. He was named an auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles in 1986, and named bishop of El Paso in 1996.



Directory of California Bishops

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Archdiocese of Los Angeles:
Archbishop José Gomez, Bishop Edward Clark, Bishop Alexander Salazar, Bishop Oscar Solis, Bishop Gerald Wilkerson

Archdiocese of San Francisco:
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Bishop William Justice, Bishop Robert McElroy

Diocese of Fresno:
Bishop Armando X. Ochoa

Diocese of Monterey:
Bishop Richard Garcia

Diocese of Oakland:
Bishop Michael Barber

Diocese of Orange:
Bishop Kevin W. Vann, Bishop Dominic Luong

Diocese of Sacramento:
Bishop Jaime Soto
Bishop Myron Cotta

Diocese of San Bernardino:
Bishop Gerald Barnes, Bishop Rutilio del Riego

Diocese of San Diego:
Vacant, Bishop Emeritus Robert Brom

Diocese of San Jose:
Bishop Patrick McGrath, Bishop Thomas Daly

Diocese of Santa Rosa:
Bishop Robert Vasa

Diocese of Stockton:
Bishop Stephen Blaire