Happy Birthday to Patrick Fernandez Flores

Happy Birthday to humanitarian, educator and spiritual leader Patrick Fernandez Flores, born in Ganado, Texas on July 26, 1929.  Flores was the first Mexican American to rise to a high office in the Catholic Church in the US. From very humble beginnings that included cleaning a cantina (bar) to help support his family, he achieved his appointment as an Archbishop in 1979.  Throughout his service, he supported civil rights causes and inter-denominational programs, including less popular and controversial stances against guns and for strict accountability for priests accused of sexual abuse.  Known as the “mariachi bishop”, he honored his cultural heritage with a celebratory flair in his rites and services.  Flores retired in 2004.

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