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.