It is with profound sadness that the Archdiocese of San Antonio relays that retired Auxiliary Bishop Bernard F. Popp was called to the Lord in the early morning hours of June 27. Bishop Popp was 97 years old, and served as a priest of the archdiocese for 71 years.
Bishop Popp was a native of Nada, Texas. He was ordained to the priesthood on February 24, 1943. He was consecrated as auxiliary bishop on July 25, 1983, and retired as auxiliary bishop in 1993. He served as priest-secretary to Archbishop Robert E. Lucey for 23 years. In addition, he served as pastor of St. Mary Magdalen Parish, St. Paul Church, as the founding pastor of Holy Spirit Parish, and as rector of San Fernando Cathedral. Following his ordination as Auxiliary Bishop, Bishop Popp became director of the Department of Personnel Services for the archdiocese, and traveled tirelessly to promote collaboration and lay ministry. The admiration and respect of both laity and clergy attested to Bishop Popp's desire to fulfill his episcopal Coat of Arms: "To bring the people under his care, to God in an active way, in love." Following Bishop Popp's retirement from archdiocesan administration in 1993, he served for 10 years as parochial vicar at St. Benedict's Parish. In 2003, he eventually retired to Casa de Padres, a residence for retired priests, but continued to assist in parish ministry as needed.
May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Please keep his family and all who loved him in your prayers.