Corpus Christi, Texas Feb. 19, 1934
(Deceased) Cosme A. Peña and Elisa Ramon Peña
Public and Parochial Schools, Robstown, Texas
St. John’s Seminary, San Antonio, Texas
Assumption Seminary, San Antonio, Texas
Ordination to Priesthood
May 25, 1957, Corpus Christi Cathedral, Corpus Christi, Texas;
Ordained by Most Reverend Mariano S. Garriaga, D.D., LL.D.
Named the titular Bishop of Trisipa and Auxiliary to the Archbishop of San Antonio, October 16, 1976
Dec. 13, 1976, Convention Center Arena, near San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas.
Consecrators: Archbishop Francis J. Furey, Bishop Thomas J. Drury, Bishop Patrick F. Flores
Previously Held Positions, Diocese of Corpus Christi
Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Corpus Christi, 1969-1976
Diocesan Youth Director, 1967-1970
Editor, Texas Gulf Coast Catholic, 1970-1975
Vice-President, Corpus Christi Diocesan Senate of Priests, 1970-1976
Previously held positions, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas
1976-1980, Auxiliary Bishop
1977-1980, Vicar General
1977-1980, Executive Director, Office of the Laity
April 1979 – October 1979, Administrator Sede Vacante, Archdiocese of San Antonio
Appointment In Diocese of El Paso
April 29, 1980, Appointed bishop of El Paso
June 18, 1980, Installed as bishop of El Paso (served El Paso for 15 years)
Appointment in Diocese of Brownsville
May 23, 1995, Appointed 5th Bishop of Brownsville, Tx.
August 6, 1995, Installed as Bishop of Brownsville, Tx.
Previously Held Positions on a National Level
1974-1976, Member, National Committee-Campaign for Human Development
1979-1981, Vice-President Texas Conference of Churches
1983-1987, President, Board of Directors Mexican American Cultural Center, San Antonio, Tx.
Positions held in National Conference Of Catholic Bishops
1987—1990, Chairman Bishop’s Committee for Hispanic Affairs
1987-1990, Member, Migration Committee (NCCB/USCC)
1994-1997, Chairman, Bishop’s Committee for Church in Latin America
1998, Member, Pastoral Response to the Challenge of Proselytism Committee (NCCB)
1999-2000, Chairman, Bishop’s Committee for Church in Latin America Synod of the Americas
Member, Pre Synod Council - Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishop for America
Member, Synod Father - Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishop for America
Serving as Chaplain to students at Catholic Student Center, Pan American University, Edinburg, Texas