US Bishop Daniel Flores Among 7 Appointed to the Preparatory Commission for the Synod of Bishops

Cardinal Mario Grech, Secretary General of the Synod appoints seven members of the Preparatory Commission for the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October. He has established the Preparatory Commission for the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod appointing seven members, including a sister. 

She is Mercedarian Sister Shizue "Filo" Hirota from Tokyo, Japan, a consultant for the Catholic Council for Justice and Peace of the Japanese Catholic Bishops' Conference. The other members of the commission are: Jesuit Father Giacomo Costa, who will serve as coordinator; Archbishop Timothy John Costelloe of Perth, President of the Australian Bishops’ Conference;  Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville, Texas; Bishop Lucio A. Muandula of Xai-Xai, Mozambique; Father Dario Vitali, a professor of theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome; and Polish Msgr. Tomasz Trafny, a member of the Synod Secretariat staff, who will serve as Secretary of the Commission. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich of Luxembourg, General Relator of the upcoming synod, will also participate in the work of the Commission.

It was also proposed by the Secretariat of the Synod that on Wednesday 31 May, the liturgical memorial of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a worldwide Marian prayer in preparation for the 16th Synod of Bishops be held.

Press Release

Pursuant to Article 10, par. l-2 of the Apostolic Constitution Episcopalis Communio, the Secretary General of the Synod H.E.R. Cardinal Mario Grech has established and will preside over the preparatory Commission for the realization of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.Source:


Most Rev. Daniel E. Flores, age 61, is the Bishop of Brownsville, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy in 1983 and a Masters of Divinity in 1987 from Holy Trinity Seminary. In January 1988, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Corpus Christi. He received his S.T.D. degree at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in 2000 and returned to Corpus Christi as Chancellor. In August 2001, he was sent to serve in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston as part of the formation faculty, and later Vice-Rector of St. Mary’s Seminary and the teaching faculty at the University of St. Thomas School of Theology. In October 2006, he was named auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Detroit. On December 9, 2009, he was appointed Bishop of Brownsville. Bishop Flores currently serves as a board member on the following USCCB committees: Committee on Communications, Committee on Doctrine, Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, and the Committee on Migration.

Sources: Archdiocese of Boston, Vatican News and

Image Source: Screenshot from Angelus Press - Vatican Media from a 2020 meeting with the Pope