Richard John Garcia
|Richard John Garcia
|Bishop of Monterey in California
Titular Bishop of Bapara
Bishop Richard Garcia greets guests.
|Diocese||Monterey in California|
|Installed||January 30, 2007|
|Predecessor||Sylvester Donovan Ryan|
|Other posts||Auxiliary Bishop of Sacramento (1997-2006)|
|Ordination||May 13, 1973|
|Consecration||November 25, 1997|
April 24, 1947 |
San Francisco, California
Richard Joseph Garcia
|Reference style||The Most Reverend|
|Spoken style||Your Excellency|
|Posthumous style||not applicable|
Richard John Garcia (born April 24, 1947 in San Francisco, California) is an American Roman Catholic bishop. He was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the fourth ordinary bishop of the Diocese of Monterey in California on December 19, 2006, and was installed at a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Roger Mahony on January 30, 2007.
Garcia was born in San Francisco in 1947 to immigrant parents from Mexico. He completed his studies for the priesthood at Saint Joseph College in Mountain View and at St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park, California.
Garcia was ordained to the priesthood on June 15, 1973 for the Archdiocese of San Francisco at Sacred Heart Parish in San Jose, California. For seven years he served as an associate pastor and coordinator of Hispanic apostolate, from 1980 to 1984 he studied theology at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum in Rome.
When the Diocese of San Jose in California was erected in 1981, Garcia was transferred to the new diocese. He taught at Saint Joseph Minor Seminary in Los Altos and at Saint Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, California.
In 1997, while serving as the pastor of Saint Leo the Great Parish in San Jose and as the diocesan director for vocations, Pope John Paul II named Garcia titular bishop of Bapara and auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento. He was ordained to the episcopate on January 28, 1998 at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament; Bishop William Weigand served as his principal consecrator, with Archbishop John R. Quinn and Bishop Pierre DuMaine as his principal co-consecrators. In Sacramento, Garcia served as vicar general and moderator of the curia, vicar for clergy, episcopal vicar for the Hispanic American population, and vicar for education and vocations.
In 2009, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops elected Garcia as a member of the Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC) where he sits on the board  Garcia is also a member of Migration and Refugee Services, Subcommittee on Hispanics Affairs  and the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church.
|Catholic Church titles|
Sylvester Donovan Ryan
|Bishop of Monterey in California
- Bishop of Monterey
- Bishop Garcia will lead Diocese of Monterey
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- The Most Reverend Richard J. Garcia; Diocese of Sacramento; January 31, 2001; url accessed December 21, 2006
- Bishop Richard John Garcia; Catholic-Hierarchy.org; url accessed December 21, 2006
- The Most Reverend Richard J. Garcia
- Bishops Elect Chairs-Elect of Five Committees, Members of CRS and CLINIC Boards Retrieved 2010-03-05.
- Committee Membership Retrieved 2010-03-05.
- Programmatic Committees and Related Subcommittees Retrieved 2010-03-05.
- Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church Retrieved 2010-03-05.