Czech American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who was the Bishop of Galveston-Houston from 1975 to 1984.
He attended St. John's Seminary in San Antonio before heading to Rome to study at the College of the Propaganda and the Pontifical Gregorian University.
He established African American and Mexican American ministries and directed resources towards the large Vietnamese community in Houston.
His father was a Moravian immigrant.
He was made the fourth Bishop of Amarillo by Pope Pius XII in 1958.