Diocese of Brownsville announces new superintendent of Catholic schools

Marcelo Eureste

Marcelo Eureste will become the superintendent of Catholic schools on April 17, the Diocese of Brownsville announced Jan. 23.

Current superintendent, Sister Cynthia Mello of the Sisters of St. Dorothy, will be leaving her role after nine years to take up new responsibilities assigned by her religious community.

Eureste was born and raised in Edinburg and has more than 20 years of educational experience, serving as a teacher, counselor, assistant principal and principal.

He is excited to return to the Valley, along with his wife Roxanne and daughter Isabel, the diocese stated.

Eureste served Catholic schools for 10 years in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Most recently, he served five years in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as principal of St. Anthony High School.

“I am deeply grateful that Mr. Marcelo Eureste is returning to the Rio Grande Valley to become our next superintendent of Catholic Schools. He is uniquely prepared to help us not only strengthen our Catholic Schools, but also to help us expand the availability of a Catholic School education for our families and young people,” Bishop Daniel E. Flores stated in a press release. “His background, education and experience will be a great blessing for the educational mission of the Church in the Diocese of Brownsville.”

According to the diocese, Eureste strongly believes that Catholic schools should prepare all students for college, career and most importantly, heaven.

The diocese encompasses the four counties of the Rio Grande Valley and has 11 schools with a total enrollment of 2,008.