Bishop Emeritus Raymundo J. Pena

Bishop Emeritus Raymundo J. Pena


  • Corpus Christi, Texas Feb. 19, 1934


  • (Deceased) Cosme A. Peña and Elisa Ramon Peña


  • Public and Parochial Schools, Robstown, Texas
  • St. John’s Seminary, San Antonio, Texas
  • Assumption Seminary, San Antonio, Texas

Ordination to Priesthood

  • May 25, 1957, Corpus Christi Cathedral, Corpus Christi, Texas;
  • Ordained by Most Reverend Mariano S. Garriaga, D.D., LL.D.

Named Bishop

  • Named the titular Bishop of Trisipa and Auxiliary to the Archbishop of San Antonio, October 16, 1976


Ordination Episcopacy

  • Dec. 13, 1976, Convention Center Arena, near San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas.
    Consecrators: Archbishop Francis J. Furey, Bishop Thomas J. Drury, Bishop Patrick F. Flores

Previously Held Positions, Diocese of Corpus Christi

  • Pastor, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Corpus Christi, 1969-1976
  • Diocesan Youth Director, 1967-1970
  • Editor, Texas Gulf Coast Catholic, 1970-1975
  • Vice-President, Corpus Christi Diocesan Senate of Priests, 1970-1976

Previously held positions, Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas

  • 1976-1980, Auxiliary Bishop
  • 1977-1980, Vicar General
  • 1977-1980, Executive Director, Office of the Laity
  • April 1979 – October 1979, Administrator Sede Vacante, Archdiocese of San Antonio

Appointment In Diocese of El Paso

  • April 29, 1980, Appointed bishop of El Paso
  • June 18, 1980, Installed as bishop of El Paso (served El Paso for 15 years)

Appointment in Diocese of Brownsville

  • May 23, 1995, Appointed 5th Bishop of Brownsville, Tx.
  • August 6, 1995, Installed as Bishop of Brownsville, Tx.

Previously Held Positions on a National Level

  • 1974-1976, Member, National Committee-Campaign for Human Development
  • 1979-1981, Vice-President Texas Conference of Churches
  • 1983-1987, President, Board of Directors Mexican American Cultural Center, San Antonio, Tx.

Positions held in National Conference Of Catholic Bishops

  • 1987—1990, Chairman Bishop’s Committee for Hispanic Affairs
  • 1987-1990, Member, Migration Committee (NCCB/USCC)
  • 1994-1997, Chairman, Bishop’s Committee for Church in Latin America
  • 1998, Member, Pastoral Response to the Challenge of Proselytism Committee (NCCB)
  • 1999-2000, Chairman, Bishop’s Committee for Church in Latin America Synod of the Americas

Vatican appointments

  • Member, Pre Synod Council - Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishop for America
  • Member, Synod Father - Special Assembly of the Synod of Bishop for America

    Bishop Emeritus Raymundo J. Peña and Pope Benedict XVI


Current Activities

  • Serving as Chaplain to students at Catholic Student Center, Pan American University, Edinburg, Texas