SAN JUAN, Texas (ValleyCentral) – Bishop Emeritus Raymundo J. PeÃ±a has passed away at the age of 87, the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville announced on Friday.
Bishop PeÃ±a led the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville for 14 years before retiring in 2009. He died Friday afternoon at the San Juan Retreat House near the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle.
The Catholic Diocese of Brownsville said Bishop Pena was recently hospitalized at the Rio Grande Regional and was released Thursday evening.
âWe give thanks to God for his service in the diocese and pray for the rest of his soul,â said Bishop Daniel E. Flores, Bishop of the Diocese of Brownsville. âMay God reward him for his labors. “
Bishop PeÃ±a was ordained a priest in 1957 in Corpus Christi and served 19 years in the diocese of Corpus Christi.
He became one of the youngest bishops in the country at 42 and was the fourth Hispanic bishop in the United States.
âDuring his time as shepherd of the people of the Rio Grande Valley, he lived out his motto ‘Haz todo con amor’, taken from ‘1 Corinthians 16:14’,” Bishop Flores said in a statement.