On the 4th December, the Holy Father appointed Fr Mario Aviles, a member of the Pharr Oratory, auxiliary Bishop of Brownsville (Texas, USA). Fr Mario is currently Procurator General of the Confederation, and as such, has responsibility for all communities in formation, and representing the Oratorian Congregations to the Holy See.

Fr Mario was born in 1969 in Mexico City, and entered the Oratory in that same city in 1986, transferring to the Congregation in Pharr, Texas in the diocese of Brownsville. He studied theology and philosophy at University in Mexico City, Rome and Connecticut. He also earned a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Pheonix, Arizona.

We wish him every blessing as he undertakes his new ministry in the Church and are grateful for the help he has given our little community, preparing to become the Congregation of the Oratory in Bournemouth.

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