In the Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle (Texas, USA) on the 22 February, Father Mario Alberto Avilés of the Pharr Oratory was ordained bishop.

Since 2012, Father Mario has been Procurator general of the Confederation of Congregations of the Oratory, with responsibility for Oratories in formation. He was most helpful in our preparations for coming to Bournemouth. He has been nominated the first auxiliary bishop of Brownsville in Texas. The territory of the diocese comprises some 1.3 million people, of which 87% are Catholic.

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