Community mourns death of Bishop Cirilo Flores
SAN DIEGO — A steady stream of mourners paid their final respects Tuesday at a visitation for Cirilo Flores, the bishop of the Catholic diocese of San Diego.
Flores died Sept. 6, at the age of 65, after a short battle with cancer. Nearly four months earlier, he suffered a stroke in his office.
A vigil was held at Saint Joseph’s Cathedral at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
On Wednesday, a funeral Mass will be said at noon at Saint Therese Church. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Flores became San Diego’s fifth bishop about one year ago, replacing Robert Brom. He is being replaced on an interim basis as administrator of the diocese by Steven Callahan.
Callahan, a native of Aurora, Colorado, was ordained as a priest in 1987 and currently serves as the vicar general of the diocese. He is also the pastor at Saint Brigid parish in Pacific Beach.
The diocese requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Bishop Flores Memorial Fund for Catholic Education, Diocese of San Diego, P.O. Box 85728, San Diego, California, 92186, or to Catholic Charities, Diocese of San Diego, 349 Cedar St., San Diego, 92101.