Patrick Flores, the former archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio and the first Mexican-American to rise to bishop in the U.S. Catholic church, has died at the age of 87.
In a statement, the San Antonio archdiocese said Flores died Monday of pneumonia and congestive heart failure at an assisted living center for retired priests in San Antonio.
Flores was born in the small Texas coastal plains farming town of Ganado. He was ordained in Galveston in 1956, became a bishop in 1970 and was appointed head of the El Paso diocese in 1978.
He was appointed San Antonio’s archbishop the next year and served until his retirement in 2004.