Archbishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza, the long-time bishop of Galveston-Houston and a tireless social justice advocate throughout his priesthood, episcopacy and in retirement, died September 19th, 2022. He was 91.
The Beaumont native served as bishop of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston from 1985 to 2006 and was made Archbishop in 2004, when the diocese was elevated to the status of archdiocese by Pope St. John Paul II.
“Archbishop Fiorenza was known to be a champion of civil rights and a tireless worker in overcoming the presence of racism in our community. He was also known as a great promoter of genuine renewal in the Church, and in making the teachings of the Second Vatican Council known.” said Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston.
Cardinal DiNardo succeeded Archbishop Fiorenza as Archbishop of Galveston-Houston in 2006.
Archbishop Fiorenza’s funeral arrangements are pending and will be communicated as they are finalized.
The Faithful of the Archdiocese are invited to pray for the repose of the soul of Archbishop Fiorenza, and for the consolation of his many friends and family in this time of grief.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
May perpetual light shine upon him.
May he rest in peace.