Bishop Peña was the 4th Bishop for the Diocese of El Paso from 1980 until 1995. | Photo courtesy Diocese of El Paso
Emeritus Bishop Raymundo J. Peña, Former Bishop of the Diocese of El Paso dies at 87.
Officials with the Catholic Diocese of El Paso announced Friday that Bishop Emeritus Peña died peacefully under palliative care in a nursing home in San Juan, Texas at the age of 87.
Bishop Peña was the 4th Bishop for the Diocese of El Paso from 1980 until 1995. He was then assigned by St. Pope John Paul II to serve the people of God in the Diocese of Brownsville.
During his 15 year tenure as 4th Bishop of El Paso, Bishop Peña founded the Tepeyac Institute in 1988 as a formation center for the lay faithful of the diocese.
He founded The Rio Grande Catholic diocesan newspaper in 1991, and also founded the Progress Ministry Appeal to help fund the diocesan ministries serving the Diocese of El Paso.
He was also a strong advocate for immigration rights along the border and a fierce critic of the raising of the border fence in El Paso.