René Henry Gracida

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Most Reverend
René Gracida
Bishop of Corpus Christi
Church Catholic Church
See Corpus Christi
In office May 19, 1983 — April 1, 1997
Predecessor Bishop Thomas Drury
Successor Bishop Roberto González Nieves
Orders
Ordination May 23, 1959
Personal details
Born June 9, 1923
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Previous post Titular Bishop of Masuccaba,
Bishop of Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee,
Bishop of Diocese of Corpus Christi

Bishop René Henry Gracida (born June 9, 1923) was the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Miami (1971–1975), the first Bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee (1975–1983) and Bishop of the Diocese of Corpus Christi (1983–1997). As auxiliary bishop of Miami he had the honorific Titular Bishop of Masuccaba (1971–1975).

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Gracida was the second child of Enrique J. Gracida Carrizosa, an architect and engineer of Mexican descent, and Mathilde Derbes, a fifth-generation French-American.[1] He was a tail-gunner in the 303rd Hell's Angels in World War II. After the war he attended Rice University, the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, and the University of Houston, where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture. He later attended St. Vincent College and St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. At St. Vincent Seminary, he earned a Masters of Divinity. In 1978 he was granted a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) from St. Leo College.

Gracida was ordained a priest on May 23, 1959, when he was 36 years old. In 1971 he was appointed by Pope Paul VI as Auxiliary Bishop of Miami and was consecrated on January 25, 1972 as Titular Bishop of Masuccaba by Cardinal John Francis Dearden of the Archdiocese of Detroit, Archbishop Coleman Carroll of the Archdiocese of Miami, and Bishop Paul Francis Tanner of the Diocese of St. Augustine. He was appointed bishop of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee on October 1, 1975 and installed on November 6, 1975. On May 19, 1983 Pope John Paul II appointed him as the bishop of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, where he remained until his resignation at 73, earlier than the mandatory resignation age of 75, was accepted by the same Pope on April 1, 1997.

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  • Diocese of Corpus Christi bio
  • Catholic Hierarchy bio
  • Gracida Marks Anniversary Of Consecration, Stances on abortion, divorce are hallmarks of his 25-year tenure ; Corpus Christi Caller-Times (TX) - January 25, 1997
  • Bishop in Waiting: Gonzalez Will Aid Gracida Till He Retires, Bishop plans to remain with diocese until 1998; Corpus Christi Caller-Times (TX) - May 17, 1995
  • Civic Leaders Say They'll Miss Working With Bishop Gracida;Corpus Christi Caller-Times (TX) - April 1, 1997
  • Bishop Appeals To Flock, Gracida seeks support in broadcast message * The bishop's message was broadcast on denominational radio, TV. He said he will fight to leave the diocese free of legal burdens.; Corpus Christi Caller-Times (TX) - May 23, 1996
  • Sources: Other Bishops Complained, Suit against Gracida tied to unhappiness over funding * Attorney General's Office won't identify complainants. The state and Bishop Gracida have sued each other.; Corpus Christi Caller-Times (TX) - May 11, 1996
  • State sues bishop over foundation; Houston Chronicle - May 10, 1996
  • Local bishop leads GOP in prayer, Gracida has said Catholics shouldn't support John Kerry; Corpus Christi Caller-Times (TX) - September 2, 2004
  • Bishops Have Long Been Concerned About Kenedy Funds, Papers Show; Corpus Christi Caller-Times (TX) - August 18, 1996
  • Outspoken Florida Bishop Transferred To Texas; Miami Herald, The (FL) - June 12, 1983
  • Bishop Gracida's threat on abortion out of place; Austin American-Statesman - July 15, 1990
  • Sex case against priest creates turmoil, mystery;Houston Chronicle - April 24, 1995
  • Bishop countersues Morales over fund-raising allegations AG says foundation funnels money to Catholics; The Dallas Morning News - May 11, 1996
  • Religion or politics? Abortion places bishop, Catholics in moral, legal dilemma; Austin American-Statesman - July 31, 1990
  • Texas Bishop Issues Second Excommunication; Washington Post - July 1, 1990
  • Bishop Excommunicates Woman Over Abortion Corpus Christi Cleric Issues Rare Decree;Washington Post - June 30, 1990
  • Christian Protest Is Making Waves With Advertisers; Miami Herald, The (FL) - April 21, 1989
  • Family' Amendment Loses In Vote; Washington Post - January 20, 1991

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