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Skip Navigation LinksArchbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park : History
Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park (349.7 Acres)
Archbishop Joseph A. FiorenzaArchbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park occupies part of a site the Harris County Flood Control District acquired in 1988 for the district's system of detention ponds to relieve flooding on Brays Bayou. The Flood Control District and Harris County agreed in 1998 to share the use of the site.

Precinct 3 Commissioner Steve Radack installed two playgrounds, two gazebos and a lighted walking trail.  One of the playgrounds was created by the United Way Kids' Way program.  The park occupies 12-1/2 acres.  It was opened and dedicated on June 11, 1999.

At the time the park was dedicated, Joseph A. Fiorenza was Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Galveston-Houston.  He was elevated to Archbishop when the Diocese became an Archdiocese in 2004 and became Archbishop Emeritus when he retired in 2006.  Joseph A. Fiorenza was born in Beaumont on January 25, 1931.  He graduated from St. Anthony High School in 1947, and then entered St. Mary's Seminary where he was ordained in May 1954.  Father Fiorenza served at Queen of Peace Church, Dominican College, Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral, St. Augustine Church, St. Benedict Church, and Assumption Church, all in Houston.

He was Vice Chancellor of the Diocese of Galveston-Houston in 1972 and 1973 and then Chancellor from 1973 until 1979 when he was named Bishop of San Angelo where he served until he was named Bishop of Galveston-Houston in 1984.  He was President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops when this park was named for him.

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