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Most Reverend Joseph A. Fiorenza
Archbishop Emeritus of Galveston-Houston
  
BornJanuary 25, 1931, Beaumont, Texas
ParentsAnthony Fiorenza and Grace Galiano (both deceased)
EducationGraduated 1947, St. Anthony High School, Beaumont, Texas
OrdainedMay 29, 1954, Seminary Chapel, St. Mary's Seminary, LaPorte, Texas
  
Assignments 
1954 - 1957Assistant Pastor, Queen of Peace Church, Houston
1957 - 1959Professor of Medical Ethics, Dominican College, Houston
1959 - 1967Administrator, Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral, Houston
1967 - 1969Pastor, St. Augustine Church, Houston
1969 - 1972Pastor, St. Benedict Church, Houston
1972 - 1973Pastor, Assumption Church, Houston
1972 - 1973Vice Chancellor of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston 
1973 - 1979Chancellor of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston 
   
HonorsNamed Prelate of Honor to His Holiness, December 5, 1973
  
Bishop of San Angelo 
Sept. 4, 1979Named Bishop of San Angelo by Pope John Paul II
Oct. 25, 1979Ordained and installed, Sacred Heart Cathedral, San Angelo
  
Bishop of Galveston-Houston
Dec. 18, 1984Named Bishop of Galveston-Houston by Pope John Paul II
Feb. 18, 1985
Installed as Bishop of Galveston-Houston by Archbishop Patrick Flores in the presence of Archbishop Pio Laghi, Apostolic Pro-Nuncio
  
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston 
Dec. 29, 2004Named Archbishop of Galveston-Houston by Pope John Paul II
  
Archbishop Emeritus of Galveston-Houston
Feb. 28, 2006Became Archbishop Emeritus of Galveston-Houston, succeeded by Archbishop Daniel N. DiNardo
  
Other Responsibilities
 Member of the Administrative Board of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1995 to present
 Former member of the Bishops' Committee for Black Catholics
 Vice-President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1995-98
 Member of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association
 Member of the Board of Trustees of the University of St. Thomas, Houston
 President of the Board of Trustees of Catholic Charities
 President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, 1998-2001