Bishop Cirilo B. Flores was appointed bishop of the Diocese of San Diego on September 18, succeeding Bishop Robert H. Brom, who retired on his 75th birthday, the typical age limit for Catholic bishops.
Before being ordained a priest in 1991, Bishop Flores served as a public school teacher for two years and as an attorney for about 10 years. After his ordination he served as a parish priest in the diocese of Orange, until he was appointed auxiliary bishop of the diocese of Orange in 2009. Bishop Flores has been serving as coadjutor bishop of the diocese of San Diego since January 4, 2012.
In a statement released on Wednesday, Bishop Flores laid out his goals and priorities for the diocese, which include care for the poor, faith formation, youth and young adults, vocations and supporting the culturally diverse communities of the diocese. In an interview with the local newspaper, U-T San Diego, Bishop Flores said,
“We have wonderful things going on, but things can always be improved and strengthened. This is something Pope Francis emphasized. We can’t get too comfortable in our own house and own parish. We have to go out and spread the good news. … We have to foremost take care of the poor, especially in these times of economic stress. We can’t let up on our efforts.”
For more, read the full article at U-T San Diego.