Diocesan Curia

Vicar General

The office of vicar general is closely linked to the power of the bishop (ad nutum episcopi) and, in exercising it, he must act according to the will and intentions of the latter (c.480). The vicar general is constituted to assist the bishop: “he has to help him in the government of the entire diocese”, says c. 475 S 1. The bishop may, at any time, advocate for himself the knowledge and decision of any matter.

Most Rev. Mario A. Aviles, C.O.
Vicar General

San Juan Pastoral Center
700 N. Virgen de San Juan
San Juan, TX 78589
P. (956) 784-5010
F. (956) 290-9196

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.

Very Rev. Ariel Oliver Angel, J.C.L.
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.

Deans

Rev. Aglayde Rafael Vega
Rev. Luis R. Tinajero
Rev. Robert Charlton, SS.CC
Rev. Jean Olivier M Sambu
Rev. Jose E. Losoya, C.O.
Rev. Msgr. Gustavo Barrera
Rev. Isaac E. Erondu
Rev. Eduardo Ortega

 

Brownsville
San Benito
Harlingen
Weslaco
Pharr
McAllen-Edinburg
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.

Most Rev. Mario A. Aviles, C.O.
Moderator of the Curia
Brownsville / San Juan 

700 N. Virgen de San Juan Blvd.
San Juan, TX 78589
P. (956) 784-5010
F. (956) 290-9196

 

 

Rev. Andres E. Gutierrez
Assistant Moderator of the Curia
Brownsville

1910 University Blvd.
Brownsville, TX 78520
P. (956) 542-2501
F. (956) 542-6721

 

Rev. Luis Fernando Sanchez, J.C.L., E.V.
Assistant Moderator of the Curia
San Juan

700 N. Virgen de San Juan
San Juan, TX 78589
P. (956) 784-5053
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. Msgr. Heberto Diaz, Jr.
Vicar for the Clergy

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

Vacant
Vicar for Religious

Rev. Alfonso M. Guevara
Episcopal Vicar for Apostolic Movement and Pastoral Initiatives

St. John the Baptist
216 W. First St.
San Juan, TX 78589
P. (956) 783-1196
F. (956) 702-7447

Rev. Juan Pablo Davalos
Episcopal Vicar for Pastoral Affairs

Sacred Heart
208 E. Camelia St.
Hidalgo, TX 78557
P. (956) 843-2463
F. (956) 843-2187

Rev. Luis Fernando Sanchez, J.C.L.
Episcopal Vicar for Canonical Affairs

San Juan Pastoral Center
700 N. Virgen de San Juan
San Juan, TX 78589
P. (956) 784-5053
F. (956) 784-5081