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Manuel D. Moreno was American bishop. Ordained priest Roman Catholic Church, 1961, ordained auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, titular bishop of Tanagra Roman Catholic Church, 1977.

Background

Bishop Moreno was born in Placentia, California, to Antonio and Enedina Moreno. His father was a worker in the citrus and walnut groves that surrounded Placentia and nearby Fullerton, and young Manuel often worked with him in the groves.

Education

Bishop Moreno graduated from Fullerton Junior College and UCLA where, in 1953, he received a degree in business administration.

Career

He was the sixth Bishop of Tucson. After graduation, instead of beginning a business career, he began preparation for the vocation of the priesthood, entering Our Lady Queen of Angels Seminary in San Fernando, California. He completed his preparation and studies at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California, and was ordained on April 25, 1961.

As a new priest, he continued his studies at the graduate division of the North American College in Rome and then returned to Los Angeles for his first parish assignment. On January 12, 1982, Pope John Paul II appointed Bishop Moreno as the Bishop of the Diocese of Tucson. As the sixth bishop of Tucson, he led the diocese into the significant spiritual time of the New Millennium.

In 2001, he was joined in his ministry as Shepherd of the Diocese by the Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas, who was appointed coadjutor Bishop of Tucson by Pope John Paul II on October 30, 2001. Moreno resigned as bishop in March 2003 and was succeeded by Kicanas.

Achievements

  • Ordained priest Roman Catholic Church, 1961, ordained auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, titular bishop of Tanagra Roman Catholic Church, 1977.

Religion

It was during his years at UCLA that he began to consider the possibility of becoming a priest of the Roman Catholic Church. On December 20, 1976, Pope Paul VI elevated Father Moreno to the Episcopacy of the Catholic Church, and on February 17, 1977, Bishop Moreno was consecrated by the late Cardinal Manning as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.