Josu Iriondo

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Josu Iriondo
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of New York
Titular Bishop of Alton
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
ArchdioceseNew York
AppointedOctober 30, 2001
InstalledDecember 12, 2001
Term endedFebruary 1, 2014
Other postsTitular Bishop of Alton
OrdinationDecember 23, 1962
ConsecrationDecember 12, 2001
by Edward Egan, Henry J. Mansell, and Robert Anthony Brucato
Personal details
Born (1938-12-19) December 19, 1938 (age 80)
Legazpi, Spain
MottoDominum et vivificantem
Styles of
Josu Iriondo
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Josu Iriondo (born December 19, 1938) is a retired Spanish American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who served as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of New York from 2001 to 2014.


Early life and education[edit]

One of seven children, Josu Iriondo was born in Legazpi, Spain, to Rufino and Maria Leona (née Zabaleta) Iriondo.[1] He was educated in Spanish but spoke Basque at home.[1]

Iriondo decided to pursue the priesthood and then entered the minor seminary of the Canons Regular of the Lateran, an independent Augustinian community, at age 12.[1] He later joined the Canons Regular, and attended Sagrado Corazon Seminary in Oñati and the Collegio San Vittore in Rome.[2] From 1958 to 1962, he studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University.[2]

Ordination and ministry[edit]

Iriondo was ordained for the Diocese of San Sebastián on December 23, 1962.[3][better source needed] He then served as professor and master of discipline at a seminary of the Canons Regular, and traveled through Europe on duties related to his religious order.[1] He also taught at the National Institute, a regional public high school, where served as school secretary as well.[1]

Iriondo came to the United States in 1968, accepting an invitation for Spanish priests to the Archdiocese of New York.[1] He then served as chaplain to the Sisters of the Servants of Mary until 1969, whence he became parochial vicar at St. Joseph's Church in Middletown. He later served as St. Lucy's Church (1973-1974) and Holy Rosary Church (1974-1976) in Manhattan.[2]

Iriondo was named parochial vicar (1976) and then pastor (1978) of Our Savior Church in the Bronx.[1] In 1990, he was appointed director of both the Hispanic Catholic Center and the Charismatic Renewal Movement.[2] He was incardinated into the Archdiocese of New York in 1996, and named Vicar for Hispanics in 1997. Iriondo became pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in 2001.[2]

Auxiliary Bishop of New York[edit]

On October 30, 2001, Iriondo was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York, New York and Titular Bishop of Alton by Pope John Paul II.[3][better source needed] He received his episcopal consecration on the following December 12 from Edward Cardinal Egan, with Bishops Henry Mansell and Robert Brucato serving as co-consecrators.[3] He selected as his episcopal motto: "Dominum et Vivificantem"[1]

Bishop Iriondo's resignation was accepted by Pope Francis on Saturday, February 1, 2014.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Poust, Mary Ann. "'Tremendous Strength'". Catholic New York. Archived from the original on 2007-10-27.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Pope Accepts Three Resignations, Appoints Three Auxiliary Bishops in New York". United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. 2001-10-29.
  3. ^ a b c "Bishop Josu Iriondo". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015.
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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of New York
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of New York
Succeeded by