Gilbert Espinosa Chávez

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Gilbert Espinosa Chávez
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of San Diego
Titular Bishop of Magarmel
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
ArchdioceseLos Angeles
DioceseSan Diego
AppointedApril 9, 1974
InstalledJune 21, 1974
Term endedJune 1, 2007
Other post(s)Titular Bishop of Magarmel
OrdinationMarch 19, 1960
ConsecrationJune 21, 1974
by Leo Thomas Maher, John R. Quinn, and Patrick Flores
Personal details
Born(1932-05-09)May 9, 1932
DiedMarch 15, 2020(2020-03-15) (aged 87)
San Diego
Styles of
Gilbert Espinosa Chávez
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop
Ordination history of
Gilbert Espinosa Chávez
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated byLeo Thomas Maher
DateJune 21, 1974
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Gilbert Espinosa Chávez as principal consecrator
Salvatore Joseph CordileoneAugust 21, 2002

Gilbert Espinosa Chávez, (March 10, 1932 – March 15, 2020) was an American prelate of the Catholic Church who served as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of San Diego.


Gilbert Chávez was born in Ontario, California. He studied at Immaculate Heart Seminary in San Diego and was ordained a priest of the San Diego diocese on March 19, 1960.[1]

Chávez was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of San Diego and titular bishop of Magarmel on April 9, 1974, by Pope Paul VI. He was consecrated on June 21, 1974. He was the second Mexican-American priest to be elevated to the rank of bishop in the US Catholic Church.[2]

Pope Benedict XVI accepted Chávez's resignation on June 1, 2007.[3]

Chávez died on March 15, 2020, at Nazareth House in San Diego.[4]


  1. ^ "Pope Benedict Accepts San Diego Auxiliary Bishop Chávez Resignation". US Conference of Catholic Bishops. Archived from the original on 1 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Diocesan History". Diocese of San Diego. Archived from the original on 31 December 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  3. ^ "Bishop Gilbert Espinosa Chávez". Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Auxiliary Bishop Gilberto E. Chávez – The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego". Retrieved 2020-03-17.

Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Roman Catholic Titular See of Margarmel
Succeeded by