Diocesan Curia

The diocesan curia is composed of those institutes and persons who assist the Bishop in governing the entire diocese, especially in directing pastoral action, in providing for the administration of the diocese, and in exercising judicial power.

Office of the Vicar General

A vicar is a cleric who takes the place of another and exercises authority in the other’s name, in accord with the prescriptions of canon law. The Vicar General is appointed in a diocese as the "alter ego" (other self) of the bishop to assist him in the administration and pastoral care of the diocese. The Vicar General has executive, but not legislative or judicial authority. He represents and acts in the place of the Bishop in his absence.

Rev. Msgr. Heberto Diaz
Vicar General

1910 University Blvd.
Brownsville TX 78520
P. (956) 542-2501
F. (956) 542-6751

Rev. Alfonso Guevara
Vicar General

San Juan Pastoral Center
700 N. Virgen de San Juan
San Juan, TX 78589
P. (956) 787-8571
F. (956) 784-5081

Judicial Vicar

The Judicial Vicar acts as a resource to the Bishop for Canonical matters. The Judicial Vicar also serves as a consultative agency for Priests, Religious and Laity in Canonical Affairs. The Judicial Vicar heads the Tribunal. With two offices, the main one in Brownsville and another in San Juan. The Tribunal serves as First Instance Court for petitions challenging the validity of marriage and judges by trial the rights of physical and juridic persons. The Tribunal renders judgments at the request of and on behalf of people seeking justice under a set of guidelines and laws established as part of the universal law of the Church.

Rev. Oliver Angel, JCL
Judicial Vicar

700 N. Virgen de San Juan
San Juan, TX 78589
P. (956) 784-5070
F. (956) 784-5087

Office of the Chancellor

The office of the Chancellor sees to it that curial acts are drawn up, authenticated, expedited, and safeguarded in the archives. Annual statistical data is collected to provide reports to the Vatican, the Official Catholic Directory, national and state catholic conferences and to publish the diocesan directory.

Rev. Jorge A. Gomez
Chancellor

1910 University Blvd.
Brownsville TX 78520
P. (956) 542-2501
F. (956) 542-6751

Rev. Andres E. Gutierrez
Vice-Chancellor

Saint Helen
228 Huisache
Rio HondoTX 78583
P. (956) 748-2327

Rev. Thomas G. Kulleck
Historical Archivist

1910 University Blvd.
Brownsville, TX 78520
P. (956) 542-2501
F. (956) 542-6751

Deans

Rev. Michael Amesse, OMI
Vacant
Rev. William T Penderghest, SSCC
Rev. Jean Olivier M Sambu
Rev. Gerald W Frank
Rev. Msgr. Gustavo Barrera
Rev. Roy Lee Snipes, OMI
Rev. Eduardo Villa

 

Brownsville
San Benito
Harlingen
Weslaco
Pharr
McAllen
Mission
Rio Grande City

Moderator of the Curia

The Moderator of the Curia coordinates administrative activities under the authority of the Bishop and ensures faithful fulfillment of office by other members of the Curia.

Rev. Jorge A. Gomez
Moderator of the Curia
Brownsville / San Juan

1910 University Blvd.
Brownsville TX 78520
P. (956) 542-2501
F. (956) 542-6751

Rev. Luis F. Sanchez
Assistant Moderator of the Curia
San Juan

700 N. Virgen de San Juan
San Juan, TX 78589
P. (956) 787-8571
F. (956) 784-5081

Episcopal Vicars

Clergy: Serves as a liaison between the Clergy and the Bishop; promoting effective communication between them. This office also responds to expressed needs of the clergy and structures opportunities for spiritual and professional development.

Religious: Serves as the Bishop’s liaison with the Religious engaged in ministry in this diocese. Reviews contracts, assuring that the religious receives the proper salary and benefits in accord with diocesan policy and responds to the expressed needs of Religious.

Rev. Issac E. Erondu
Vicar for the Clergy

St. Paul
1119 Francisco Ave., Mission, TX 78572
P. (956) 585-2701
F. (956) 581-4801

Rev. Thomas Luczak, OFM
Vicar for Religious

Holy Family
1302 E. Champion, Edinburg, TX 78539
P. (956) 383-5472
F. (956) 383-5034

Rev. Fernando Gonzalez
Episcopal Vicar for Apostolic Movement and Pastoral Initiatives

St. Luke
2800 Rockwell Dr.
Brownsville, TX 78521
P. (956) 541-1480
F. (956) 542-8043

Rev. Juan Pablo Davalos
Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Affairs

Parish of the Lord of Divine Mercy
650 E. Alton Gloor Blvd
Brownsville, TX 78526
P. (956) 544-2112

Rev. Luis Fernando Sanchez
Episcopal Vicar for Canonical Affairs

San Juan Pastoral Center
700 N. Virgen de San Juan
San Juan, TX 78589
P. (956) 784-5060