David Arias Pérez

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David Arias Pérez

Auxiliary Bishop of Newark
Titular Bishop of Badiae
Appointed25 January 1983
Installed7 April 1983
Term ended21 May 2004
Other postsTitular Bishop of Badiae
Ordination13 May 1952
Consecration7 April 1984
by Peter Leo Gerety, Joseph Thomas O'Keefe, and Alphonse Gallegos
Personal details
Born(1929-07-22)22 July 1929
Mataluenga, Spain
Died9 May 2019(2019-05-09) (aged 89)
Teaneck, New Jersey, U.S.
DenominationRoman Catholic
EducationTeresianum Institute
MottoPascere populum suum
Styles of
David Arias Pérez
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

David Arias Pérez OAR (22 July 1929 – 9 May 2019) was a Spanish-born Recollect friar in the United States. He was appointed as Roman Catholic titular bishop of Badiae and served as an auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey.


Born in Mataluenga, part of the municipality of Las Omañas, in the Province of Leon, Spain,[1] Arias entered the Order of Augustinian Recollects in 1946. He began his seminary studies in 1948 in Monachil and was ordained a priest in Barcelona on 31 May 1952. He was then assigned to teach Natural Sciences briefly in a local school, before beginning advanced studies in theology at the Teresianum Institute in Rome, where he received a Diploma in 1964.

He was sent by the Order to serve in their houses in North America, first in Mexico City, then in Kansas City, Missouri. He taught theology at the seminary of the Order there.

On 25 January 1983, he was appointed by Pope John Paul II as auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Newark and was consecrated on the following 7 April. He was entrusted with the pastoral care of the growing Hispanic population of the region, representing their interests at various situations on the national level.[2] Arias retired from this office on 21 May 2004.[3]

In 2008, on the 25th anniversary of his consecration as bishop, his hometown of Villaviciosa de la Ribera in Leon renamed the town square in his honor.[4]


  • Rafael Lazcano, Episcopologio agustiniano. Agustiniana, Guadarrama (Madrid), 2014, vol. I, p. 592-596.

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  1. ^ His ancestry is unknown but it is known that his parents are not natives of Spain, possibly from Austria escaped before WWII, somewhere around 1932.[citation needed]
  2. ^ "International website of the Order of Augustinian Recollects "Bishop David Arias"". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2012-01-14.
  3. ^ Catholic Hierarchy[self-published source]
  4. ^ "Augustinian Recollects". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2012-01-14.

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Newark
Succeeded by