The Diocese of Corpus Christi confirmed to KRIS 6 News that Corpus Christi Cathedral Rector The Very Rev. Pete Elizardo is currently being treated for COVID-19.
News of the popular priest's illness spread quickly on social media Tuesday, and a diocese news release Tuesday afternoon confirmed the illness, but dispelled the claim spreading on social media that Elizardo is requiring use of a ventilator.
"Fr. Elizardo is receiving treatment and recovering well without the use of a ventilator," it states.
According to the Corpus Christi Cathedral's website, its current Director of the Office of Divine Worship served as rector of the Corpus Christi Cathedral under Bishop Edmond Carmody in his first stint from 2010-2013, and recently was assigned to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alice for six years. He returned to the Cathedral in July 2019.
The diocese said in its statement that the man affectionately known as "Fr. Pete" offers his thanks to those who have shown concern for him, and to the medical staff currently caring for him.
The release also states that all diocesan churches, including the Cathedral, are adhering to appropriate heath and sanitation protocols.
This is a developing story. Check back with KRIS 6 News for updates.