Auxiliary Bishop Rene A. Valero, who died this past week, was a significant figure in the life of the Church in Brooklyn and Queens. He was the first person of Hispanic heritage to be ordained as a Bishop for the diocese. He also performed pioneer service for Catholic Charities, the Office of Hispanic Ministry and the Catholic Migration Office.
“Bishop Valero will be remembered for his extraordinary human qualities – his kindness, his warm, welcoming character, his service and his professional qualifications. And also for his skill to organize new pastoral programs and infuse them with life, and for his constant support for the church institutions. But above all, he was a kind and loving priest, always with a smile in his face and a great affection for everybody.”
Charles Valero, the brother of retired Auxiliary Bishop Rene A. Valero, died Dec. 1 at the Hospice Unit of Flushing Hospital Medical Center. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 4 at Queen of Peace Church, Kew Gardens. Burial was in Mount St. Mary Cemetery, Flushing.