Funeral mass held for Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Fiorenza

HOUSTON – The funeral services for Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Fiorenza, a longtime bishop of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston who died recently at the age of 91, continued this week.

The funeral mass took place Thursday afternoon at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, located at 1111 St. Joseph Parkway in downtown Houston. It was followed by a private Rite of Committal.

Fiorenza was the bishop of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston from 1985 to 2006. He was appointed as Archbishop in 2004 when the diocese was elevated to Archdiocese status by Pope St. John II.

Fiorenza passed away at a hospital in Beaumont on Sept. 19 from multiple health complications over the past several months, according to the diocese.