Gustavo García-Siller

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The Most Reverend
Gustavo Garcia-Siller
Archbishop of San Antonio
Church Catholic Church
Appointed January 24, 2003
Predecessor José Horacio Gómez
Orders
Ordination June 22, 1984
Consecration March 19, 2003
by Francis George
Personal details
Born December 21, 1956
San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago (1978-1980)
Styles of
Gustavo Garcia-Siller
Coat of arms of Gustavo Garcia-Siller.svg
Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Monsignor

Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S. (born December 21, 1956) is a Mexican American prelate of the Latin Church of the Catholic Church. He previously served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago and currently serves as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas.

Biography[edit]

The oldest of fifteen children,[2] Gustavo Garcia-Siller was born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. He entered the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit in Mexico City in 1973,[3] and was sent to the United States in 1980 to minister to migrant workers in California.[4] He also studied at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, from where he obtained Master's degree in Divinity and a Master's in Theology.

Garcia-Siller was ordained to the priesthood on June 22, 1984,[1] and then served as an associate pastor at St. Joseph Church in Selma until 1988.[3] He furthered his studies at the Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESO) in Guadalajara, earning a M.A. in Psychology; and at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.[5]

From 1990 to 1999, he served as rector of the Holy Spirit Missionaries' houses of studies in Lynwood and Long Beach, California and in Portland, Oregon.[5]

On December 15, 1998, Garcia-Siller became a citizen of the United States.[6]

He was rector of his order's theologate in Oxnard from 1999 to 2002, also serving in three parishes of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He was then named superior of the Holy Spirit Missionaries' vicariate for the United States and Canada in 2002.[3]

On January 24, 2003, Garcia-Siller was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago and Titular Bishop of Oescus by Pope John Paul II.[1] He received his episcopal ordination on the following March 19 from Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., with Bishops Raymond E. Goedert and Ricardo Watty Urquidi, M.Sp.S., serving as co-consecrators.[1] As an auxiliary, he served as Episcopal Vicar for Vicariate V and the Cardinal's liaison to the Hispanic community.[5]

On October 14, 2010, the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI had named Garcia-Siller as the successor to José Horacio Gómez, who had been named to succeed Cardinal Roger Mahony as Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, as Archbishop of San Antonio, Texas. The installation took place on November 23, 2010. Along with Archbishop Gómez, he is one of the highest-ranking Mexican-American bishops in the United States. In June 2011, Chicago Auxiliary Bishop-elect Alberto Rojas was named as the new liaison for Chicago-area Hispanic Catholic concerns.

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
José Horacio Gómez
Archbishop of San Antonio
2010–present
Incumbent

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