WASHINGTON (February 2, 2000) -- Pope John Paul II has appointed Bishop Edmond Carmody of Tyler, Texas as Bishop of Corpus Christi.
Bishop Carmody succeeds Most Reverend Roberto O. Gonzalez who was named Archbishop of San Juan de Puerto Rico on March 26, 1999.
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment.
A native of Ireland, Edmond Carmody was born January 12, 1934 in Ahalana, New Townsandes, County Kerry. After studies at St. Brendan's Seminary, Killarney, and at St. Patrick's College, Carlow, he was ordained June 8, 1957 for the Archdiocese of San Antonio.
In addition to pastoral assignments, he served as Secretary to Archbishop Robert E. Lucey of San Antonio, and as Vice Chancellor, Secretary to the Tribunal, and Chaplain at Incarnate Word High School in San Antonio.
He also directed the Family Life Program, Society for the Propagation of the Faith, and the Holy Childhood Association.
In 1984, Bishop Carmody began service in Peru and Ecuador with the Boston-based Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle. He was engaged in missionary work in Guayaquil, Ecuador, when he was named Titular Bishop of Mortlach and Auxiliary to Archbishop Patrick Flores of San Antonio, November 8, 1988.
Bishop Carmody was appointed Bishop of Tyler on March 24, 1992.
The Diocese of Corpus Christi comprises 16 counties in some 17,000 square miles in the State of Texas. It has a Catholic population of 363,000 in a total population of more than 863,000.