Francisco Garmendia

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Most Reverend

Francisco Garmendia
Auxiliary Bishop of New York
ChurchCatholic Church
SeeTitular See of Limisa
AppointedMay 24, 1977
In officeJune 29, 1977 - October 30, 2001
OrdinationJune 29, 1947
ConsecrationJune 29, 1977
by Terence Cooke
Personal details
BornNovember 6, 1924
Lazcano, Spain
DiedNovember 16, 2005(2005-11-16) (aged 81)
New York, New York

Francisco Garmendia (November 6, 1924 – November 16, 2005) was a bishop of the Catholic Church in the United States . He served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New York from 1977-2001.


Born in Lazcano, Spain, Francisco Garmendia Ayestarán was ordained a priest for the Canons Regular of the Congregation of the Most Holy Saviour of the Lateran on June 29, 1947. He served as a priest in Argentina[1] before he was incardinated into the Archdiocese of New York in 1975. Pope Paul VI appointed him as the Titular Bishop of Limisa and Auxiliary Bishop of New York on May 24, 1977. He was ordained a bishop by Cardinal Terence Cooke on June 29, 1977. The principal co-consecrators were Coadjutor Archbishop John Maguire of New York and Auxiliary Bishop Patrick Ahern. Garmendia served as the pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in The Bronx and the Vicar for Spanish Pastoral Development. He was the first Hispanic bishop in New York,[1] and continued to serve as an auxiliary bishop until his resignation was accepted by Pope John Paul II on October 30, 2001. He died on November 16, 2005 at the age of 81.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b Signorile, Vito. "Bishop Receives Street Naming". Bronx Times. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
  2. ^ "Bishop Francisco Garmendia Ayestarán". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
  3. ^ "Bishops who are not Ordinaries of Sees". Giga-Catholic. Archived from the original on 2014-02-13. Retrieved 2014-03-01.
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of New York
Succeeded by