Alexander Salazar

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Alexander Salazar
Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles
Titular Bishop of Nesqually
Archdiocese Los Angeles
Appointed September 7, 2004
Installed November 4, 2004
Other posts Titular Bishop of Nesqually
Ordination June 16, 1984
by Timothy Manning
Consecration November 4, 2004
by Roger Mahony, Gabino Zavala, and Gustavo García-Siller
Personal details
Born (1949-11-28) November 28, 1949 (age 68)
San José, Costa Rica
Styles of
Alexander Salazar
Coat of arms of Alexander Salazar.svg
Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Alexander Salazar (born November 28, 1949) is a Costa Rican-American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He currently serves as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.


Salazar was born in San José, Costa Rica, but moved with his family to the United States in 1953, settling in Los Angeles, California.[1] He attended Daniel Murphy High School; East Los Angeles College; California State University, Los Angeles; and Immaculate Heart College, from where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Bi-Lingual Studies in 1978.[2] From 1968 to 1979, he taught at St. Albert the Great School in Compton.[1]

In 1977, Salazar entered St. John's Seminary in Camarillo. He was ordained to the priesthood by Timothy Cardinal Manning on June 16, 1984.[3] He served as associate pastor at St. Gregory the Great, Whittier; Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pasadena; and the Cathedral of St. Vibiana.[2] He was pastor of St. Teresa of Avila Church in Silverlake from 1995 to 2004.[1] He also served as Dean of Deanery 14, and as a member the Council of Priests, College of Consultors, Clergy Pension Board, and Archdiocesan Personnel Board.[2] In 2003, he was named Vice-Chancellor of the Archdiocese and Honorary Chaplain of His Holiness.

On September 7, 2004, Salazar was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles and Titular Bishop of Nesqually by Pope John Paul II.[3] He received his episcopal consecration on the following November 4 from Roger Cardinal Mahony, with Bishops Gabino Zavala and Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S., serving as co-consecrators.[3] He selected as his episcopal motto: "Do What Jesus Tells You" (John 2:5).[4]

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  1. ^ a b c "Archdiocesan Official Named Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles". United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 2004-09-07.
  2. ^ a b c "Bishop Alexander Salazar". Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Archived from the original on 2006-10-15.
  3. ^ a b c "Bishop Alexander Salazar".
  4. ^ Sullivan, Paul (2004-11-12). "Bishop Salazar's Coat of Arms mirrors his heritage". The Tidings. Archived from the original on 2008-11-22.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles
Succeeded by