Archbishop Patrick Flores Will Be Laid To Rest

Hundreds of people gathered outside San Fernando Cathedral on Tuesday afternoon to say goodbye to San Antonio Archbishop Emeritus Patrick Flores.
Jan 17 | 3:29 PM EST

87-year-old retired Archbishop Emeritus Patrick Flores died on January 9th from pneumonia and a congestive heart failure. Flores was known as the first Mexican-American bishop in the United States. Flores was born in Ganado, TX on July 26, 1929 and was part of the Roman Catholic cleric in 1979 to 2004. Flores was one of nine children called "Ticho" by his family. Flores graduated from Catholic Kirwin High School which is now O'Connell Consolidated High School in Galveston, TX. Flores then went on to study at St. Mary's Seminary in La Porte, TX and at St. Mary's Seminary in Houston, TX.

On May 5, 1970, Flores was consecrated a bishop by Archbishop Luigi Raimondi. Eight years later he was appointed bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of El Paso and then in 1979 became the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio.

In 1987, Flores welcomed Pope John Paul II to the San Antonio archdiocese as part of a nine city tour. The pope was introduced to about 300,000 people in field in Northwest Bexar county which is now Stevens High School.

On January 17, 2017 - Archbishop Patrick Flores' funeral mass took place at San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio as hundreds of mourners gathered to pay their respects.

The funeral procession leaves the San Fernando Cathedral at 3PM (CST) to San Fernando Cathedral where he will be laid to rest. Streets along the route will be closed off by San Antonio Police Department. The procession's route will head south on Flores street past the Bexar County Courthouse with a right on Guadelupe Street to San Fernando Cemetary #2.