A New Bishop Named for Ciudad Victoria, Mexico

Bishop Oscar Efraín Tamez Villareal

Ciudad Victoria Mexico
Photo -Archdiocese of Monterrey

The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Oscar Efraín Tamez Villareal as bishop of the diocese of Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, transferring him from the titular see of Madauro and the office of auxiliary of the metropolitan archdiocese of Monterrey.

Curriculum vitae

Bishop Oscar Efraín Tamez Villareal was born on September 4, 1973 in Allende, in the State of Nuevo León. After completing his studies for the priesthood at Monterrey Seminary he was ordained a priest on August 15, 2003, and incardinated in the metropolitan archdiocese of Monterrey. In 2008 he was awarded a licentiate in moral theology from the Alphonsianum Academy in Rome.

He has served as parish vicar, attorney for matrimonial cases at the Ecclesiastical Tribunal, formator and lecturer in the seminary, coordinator of the vocational center, coordinator of the Commission for Responsible Parenthood and the Defence of Life, Member of the National Council of the Mexican Organisation of Vocational Pastoral Care, and chaplain of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate.

On October 31, 2016, he was appointed as titular bishop of Madauro and auxiliary of Monterrey, receiving episcopal ordination on January 11, 2017.

Ciudad Victoria is the capital of the Municipality of Victoria and the Mexican state of Tamaulipas. It is located in the northeast of Mexico at the foot of the Sierra Madre Oriental. It borders the municipality of Güémez to the north, Llera to the south, Casas Municipality to the east, and the municipality of Jaumave to the west. The city is located 246 km (153 mi) from Monterrey and 319 km (198 mi) from the US – Mexico border. Ciudad Victoria is named after the first president of MexicoGuadalupe Victoria.[4]

In 1825 Ciudad Victoria became the state capital. It is home to higher education institutions such as the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas and the Technological Institute of Ciudad Victoria. General Pedro José Méndez International Airport is located on the outskirts of the city. As a state bureaucratic center, it is the seat of the three political powers and has sites of tourist and cultural interest.