Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares
The Most Reverend Eduardo Alanis Nevares was ordained as the first Auxiliary Bishop for the
Diocese of Phoenix on July 19, 2010, at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Avondale. He began his
priesthood as a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette on July 18, 1981, and was later incardinated
into the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, in May 2007.
Prior to his arrival in Phoenix he served as Vice Rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum in
Columbus, Ohio, after serving as the Co-Director of Vocations in the Diocese of Tyler, Texas, from
2002 until 2008. Before serving in Tyler, he was the Pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Lufkin, Texas. For
25 years, Bishop Nevares served as a Missionary of Our Lady of La Salette before he sought
incardination to the Diocese of Tyler.
He grew up in a loving, devout Roman Catholic family. His parents were not rich, yet they sent all
of their children to -Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish School.
As his mother would leave the four older children at school, they would both attend daily Mass
together. It was seeing his mother’s love and devotion for the Eucharist that began to instill in
Bishop Nevares a desire to be a priest.
Born: February 19, 1954
Ordination to the priesthood: July 18, 1981
Ordained a bishop: July 19, 2010
1981-1988: Parochial Vicar of St. Patrick Parish, Lufkin, Texas
1988-1991: Vocations Director of Missionaries of Our Lady of La Salette (St. Louis Province)
1991: Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Sorrow Church, Jacksonville, Texas
1991-1993: Catholic Chaplain of Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas
1993-2002: Pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Lufkin, Texas
2002-2008: Co-Director of Vocations of Diocese of Tyler, Texas
2008-2010: Vice Rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, Ohio
2010-Present: Auxiliary Bishop of Diocese of Phoenix
2010–2014: USCCB Committee on Immigration
2011–2014: USCCB Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. Committee
2011-Present: Board of Directors, Catholic Education Arizona (formerly Catholic Tuition
Organization of the Diocese of Phoenix)
2012-2014: President of the Arizona Ecumenical Council.
2014-Present: USCCB Committee on the Protection and Defense of Minors and the Vulnerable
2014-Present: Core Member of the John 17 Ecumenical Group
2014-Present: Member of Pax Christi
2014-Present: USCCB Committee of Hispanic Bishops