The Catholic diocese of San Diego announced Tuesday that funeral services will be held Sept. 17 for Bishop Cirilo Flores, who died Saturday of cancer.
It was also announced that Steven Callahan will serve as the administrator of the diocese until a new bishop is appointed.
Flores, who was 65, succeeded Robert Brom as San Diego’s bishop about one year ago. He suffered a stroke in his office about five months ago and was undergoing treatment when the cancer was discovered.
According to the diocese, Flores’ body will be received at Saint Joseph Cathedral next Tuesday, where visitation and a vigil will be held.
The following day, the funeral Mass will be said at noon at Saint Therese Church. Burial will follow at at Holy Cross Cemetery.
Callahan, who has served as the spokesman for the diocese in place of Flores, was unanimously selected to become the interim administrator by the six- member College of Consultors.
“A diocesan administrator assumes governance of the diocese until a new bishop is appointed,” Callahan said. “His task is to maintain the status quo of the diocese.”
Callahan, a native of Aurora, Colo., 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.
— City News Service
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