Hugo Mark Gerbermann, M.M. (September 11, 1913 - October 19, 1996) was an American-born Catholic missionary and bishop. As a member of the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America (Maryknoll) he was assigned to missions in Ecuador and Guatemala. He served as the Prelate of the Territorial Prelature of Huehuetenango in Guatemala before becoming the first bishop of the Diocese of Huehuetenango from 1967 to 1975. He then served as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio in the United States from 1975 to 1982.

The Most Reverend

Hugo M. Gerbermann, M.M.
Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio
ChurchCatholic Church
SeeTitular See of Pinhel
AppointedJuly 22, 1975
Term endedJune 30, 1982
OrdinationFebruary 7, 1943
ConsecrationJuly 22, 1962
by Ambrogio Marchioni
Personal details
BornSeptember 11, 1913
DiedOctober 19, 1996(1996-10-19) (aged 83)
Hillje, Texas
Previous post(s)Bishop of Huehuetenango (1967-1975)

Early life and education


Hugo Gerbermann was born in Nada, Texas, to John J. and Matilda H. Gerbermann and was one of eight children.[1] He was educated in the local public schools before attending St. John's Seminary in San Antonio for the Archdiocese of San Antonio. He completed his novitiate at Bedford, Massachusetts, and his studies for the priesthood in New York before being ordained a priest for Maryknoll on February 7, 1943.



Gerbermann was sent to the new Maryknoll Misson in Ecuador where he served for five years until the community was replaced by Spanish Franciscans. He was sent to Guatemala where he spent 27 years.[1] He held pastoral as well leadership position in the Maryknoll Mission. While in Guatemala he was forced into exile after the Communists took over the government there. He snuck back into the country to continue his work and lived among the native peoples in primitive conditions.[2] Pope John XXIII named him as the Prelate of Huehuetenango on August 8, 1961.



Gerbermann was appointed the Titular Bishop of Amathus in Palaestina on June 6, 1962, and he was consecrated by Archbishop Ambrogio Marchioni, the Apostolic Nuncio to El Salvador and Guatemala, on July 22, 1962. The principal co-consecrators were Archbishop Mariano Rossell y Arellano, the Prelate of Esquipulas, and Bishop Celestino Miguel Fernández Pérez, O.F.M. of San Marcos.[3] Gerbermann attended three of the four sessions of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). On December 23, 1967 Pope Paul VI appointed him the first bishop of the Diocese of Huehuetenango. His health started to decline and an auxiliary bishop was assigned to Huehuetenango to assist Gerbermann in his ministry. He remained as the diocesan bishop until is resignation was accepted by Pope Paul on July 22, 1975. On that same day he was appointed the Titular Bishop of Pinhel and Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio. Gerberman lived at St. Agnes Parish in Edna, Texas, and served as vicar general of the archdiocese.[1] He served the archdiocese as an auxiliary bishop until Pope John Paul II accepted his resignation on June 30, 1982.

Later life and death


In his retirement he resided at St. Mary’s Parish in his native Nada and assisted local priests with their pastoral responsibilities. He later moved into the Czech Catholic Home in Hillje, Texas, where he died on October 19, 1996, at the age of 83.[4] His funeral was held at The Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and he was laid to rest at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Nada.[1]

See also



  1. ^ a b c d "Bishop Hugo M. Gerbermann, MM". Maryknoll Mission Archives. Retrieved 2014-02-20.
  2. ^ "Bishop Returns to Quieter Life". The Victoria Advocate. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  3. ^ "Bishop Hugo Mark Gerbermann". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2014-02-16.[self-published source]
  4. ^ "Diocese of Huehuetenango". Giga Catholic. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Bishop of Huehuetenango
Succeeded by