Diocese of Orange Auxiliary Bishop – The Most Rev. Cirilo Flores –
Named by Pope Benedict XVI as Coadjutor Bishop of San Diego
ORANGE, CA (January 4, 2012) --- Today in Rome, Pope Benedict has announced the appointment of the Diocese of Orange’s auxiliary bishop, Cirilo Flores, as the coadjutor Bishop of San Diego. That means that when San Diego’s Bishop Brom retires, Bishop Cirilo will succeed him. Bishop Cirilo will be in San Diego January 6 to meet the diocesan pastoral staff and others.
“I was very surprised when I received a call from the Holy Father’s representative, Apostolic Nuncio Carlo Maria Vigano, a few days before Christmas, advising me of my appointment to San Diego,” Bishop Cirilo said. “I had thought that I might someday be transferred from Orange to another diocese; I am delighted to know that my next home will be San Diego.
“I thank our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, for this wonderful and challenging assignment and I extend my gratitude to Bishop Robert Brom who has been most supportive and welcoming. I look forward to working with Bishop Brom and assisting him during this time of transition, which will be a time for me to learn about the local church of San Diego and Imperial Counties.”
Looking back on his time in Orange, Bishop Cirilo said, “I will miss the Diocese of Orange. My entire priesthood has been spent in this diocese. I was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Orange in 1991 and was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Orange three years ago. I was formed as a priest by the parishioners I was privileged to serve for eighteen years; I learned how to serve by the example of the priests I have known in Orange. I thank Bishop Tod Brown for his personal support, and for being for us in Orange a bishop of vision during this historic time for the Diocese.”
When Bishop Brown learned of the appointment, he said, “As we did in 2007 when Bishop Jaime Soto was appointed to Sacramento, so today we joyfully give one of our favored sons, Bishop Cirilo Flores, to another California diocese. He has been a faithful shepherd and a trusted advisor to us here. He will be a blessing and an inspiration to all in San Diego.” The Mass officially welcoming Bishop Cirilo to San Diego will take place on Monday, February 13th.
ABOUT BISHOP FLORES:
A native of Corona, CA – Cirilo Flores graduated from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles and later attended Stanford University School of Law. He practiced law prior to entering St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo in 1986. Ordained in 1991, he was assigned as Parochial Vicar to St. Barbara parish in Santa Ana by then Bishop of Orange, Norman McFarland. He later served in the same capacity at St. Joachim parish in Costa Mesa and briefly served as the administrator of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel parish in Newport Beach. Flores served as Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Habra until appointed Pastor of St. Anne parish, in Santa Ana in 2000. In 2008 he was appointed Pastor of St. Norbert’s parish in Orange.
Pope Benedict XVI named Cirilo Flores Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Orange in January 2009. In addition to his many pastoral assignments, prior to service as Auxiliary Bishop, Flores served on the Bishop’s Council of Priests, Finance Council and Priests Personnel Board.
Cirilo Flores was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Orange, March 19, 2009 at St. Columban’s, Garden Grove. He is the second priest from the Diocese of Orange to be appointed as Bishop and will begin his assignment in San Diego in February.