Carlos Arthur Sevilla

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Carlos Arthur Sevilla
Bishop Emeritus of Yakima
Archdiocese Seattle
Diocese Yakima
Appointed December 31, 1996
Installed 1997
Term ended April 12, 2011
Predecessor Francis George
Successor Joseph J. Tyson
Ordination June 3, 1966
Consecration January 25, 1989
by John R. Quinn, Mark Joseph Hurley, and Michael Joseph Kaniecki
Personal details
Born (1935-08-09) August 9, 1935 (age 82)
San Francisco, California
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco
Motto To love and to serve
Styles of
Carlos Arthur Sevilla
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Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Carlos Arthur Sevilla SJ (born August 9, 1935) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He was the sixth and now retired Bishop of Yakima. He now works as an Outreach Priest for the Catholic Non-Profit Cross Catholic Outreach as well as serving on their Bishops' Advisory Board.


Carlos Sevilla was born in San Francisco, California, and entered the Society of Jesus, more commonly known as the Jesuits, in 1953. He studied at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, from where he obtained his Master's degree in Philosophy.

Sevilla was ordained to the priesthood on June 3, 1966, and made his solemn profession as a Jesuit on April 22, 1974. He also earned his Master's in Theology from Santa Clara University, and furthered his studies at the Jesuitenkolleg in Innsbruck and Catholic Institute of Paris.

On December 6, 1988, Sevilla was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco and Titular Bishop of Mina by Pope John Paul II. He received episcopal consecration on January 25, 1989 from Archbishop John Quinn, with Bishops Mark Hurley and Michael Kaniecki, SJ, serving as co-consecrators.

He was later named the sixth Bishop of Yakima, Washington, on December 31, 1996. Sevilla is the second religious and the first Jesuit to hold that office.

Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, he currently sits on the Committee for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs and the Sub-Committee for Translation of Liturgical Texts into Spanish, as well as co-chairing the West Coast Dialogue of Catholics and Muslims. He was the former Chairman of the Committee on Religious Life and Ministry and the Sub-Committee for Translation of Liturgical Texts Into Spanish.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Francis George, OMI
Bishop of Yakima
Succeeded by
Joseph J. Tyson
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of San Francisco
Succeeded by