Álvaro Corrada del Río

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Álvaro Corrada del Río

Bishop of Mayagüez
Bishop Álvaro Corrada del Rio, S.J.
ArchdioceseSan Juan
AppointedJuly 6, 2011
InstalledSeptember 12, 2011
PredecessorUlises Aurelio Casiano Vargas
OrdinationJuly 6, 1974
by Miguel Rodriguez Rodriguez, C.Ss.R.
ConsecrationAugust 4, 1985
by Archbishop James Hickey, Thomas William Lyons, and Eugene Antonio Marino
Personal details
Born (1942-05-13) May 13, 1942 (age 77)
Santurce, Puerto Rico
Previous postBishop of Tyler, Texas (2000–2011); Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Caguas (1997–2000); Titular Bishop of Rusticiana (1985–2000); Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. (1985–1997)
(No one but Jesus)
Styles of
Álvaro Corrada del Río
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Álvaro Corrada del Río, S.J., (born May 13, 1942) is a Puerto Rican prelate of the Roman Catholic Church and member of the Society of Jesus. He currently serves as the second and current Bishop of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. He previously served as the Bishop of Tyler, Texas.


Early life[edit]

Corrada was born in Santurce section of the City of San Juan. He has an older brother, Baltasar Corrada del Río, who served as Mayor of San Juan, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and as the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, the non-voting representative of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico to the United States House of Representatives. After attending the local public schools, he entered the minor seminary of the then Diocese of San Juan in 1955.[1] In 1960 he entered the Society of Jesus, commonly known as the Jesuits, at their novitiate in Poughkeepsie, New York. After completing his initial period of formation and professing his initial religious vows in the Society, he then studied at Fordham University in the Bronx and later Woodstock College in Maryland.[1]

Corrada was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop of Arecibo Miguel Rodriguez Rodriguez, C.Ss.R., on July 6, 1974.[2][3] He then furthered his studies at the Catholic Institute of Paris in France and, returning to the United States, served as the director of spiritual retreats at Mount Manresa Retreat House on Staten Island, New York.[1] Following that assignment, he served as an assistant pastor at the Jesuit-run Nativity Parish on the Lower East Side of Manhattan (1980–1983), followed by his appointment as the Director of the Northeast Pastoral Center for Hispanics (1983–1985), an inter-diocesan organization coordinating the Catholic Church's ministry to Hispanics.[1]


On May 31, 1985, Corrada was appointed as an auxiliary bishop of Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., with the titular title of Bishop of Rusticiana, by Pope John Paul II.[2] He received his episcopal consecration the following August 4 from Archbishop James Hickey of Washington, D.C., with Bishops Thomas Lyons and Eugene Marino, S.S.J., serving as co-consecrators, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.[2] He selected as his episcopal motto: Neminem nisi Iesum (No one but Jesus).

Corrada was later named Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Caguas in Puerto Rico, on July 5, 1997.[2] He was appointed the third Bishop of Tyler, Texas, on December 5, 2000, and was installed as such on January 30, 2001.[2] He was transferred by Pope Benedict XVI to the office of Bishop of Mayagüez on July 6, 2011, where he was installed the following September.[2]


Corrada was one of the earliest proponents of the Tridentine Mass. Before the issuance of the Apostolic Letter, Summorum Pontificum by Pope Benedict, he was singled out in an article in The Wanderer, a traditionalist Catholic periodical, as one of the few American bishops "...who have been generous in the Ecclesia Dei indult application, as requested and emphasized repeatedly by the late Pope John Paul II."[4][5] The others being pointed out were Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis, Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln, Nebraska; and Bishop Thomas Doran of Rockford, Illinois.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Bishop Corrada". Roman Catholic Diocese of Tyler.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Bishop Christie Albert Macaluso". Catholic-Hierarchy.org.
  3. ^ "Bishop Alvaro Corrada del Rio, S.J." Catholic-Hierarchy.
  4. ^ The Wanderer: "Providence brings Bishop Rifan to Una Voce conference" December 1, 2005
  5. ^ "Bishops Bruskewitz and Corrada expect 1962 missal to play important future role" February 1, 2006

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Ulises Aurelio Casiano Vargas
Bishop of Mayagüez
Preceded by
Edmond Carmody
Bishop of Tyler
Succeeded by
Joseph Strickland