Luis Héctor Villalba

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Luis Hector Villalba
Cardinal, Archbishop Emeritus of Tucuman
Appointed8 July 1999
Term ended10 June 2011
PredecessorRaul Arsenio Casado
SuccessorAlfredo Horacio Zecca
Other post(s)
Ordination24 September 1960
Consecration22 December 1984
by Juan Carlos Aramburu
Created cardinal14 February 2015
by Pope Francis
Personal details
Luis Hector Villalba

(1934-10-11) 11 October 1934 (age 89)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post(s)
  • Auxiliary Bishop of Buenos Aires (1984–1991)
  • Bishop of San Martin (1991–1999)
  • Archbishop of Tucuman (1999–2011)
MottoApostol de Jesucristo
(Apostle of Jesus Christ)
Coat of armsLuis Hector Villalba's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Luis Héctor Villalba
Priestly ordination
Date24 September 1960
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecratorJuan Carlos Aramburu
Co-consecratorsArnaldo Clemente Canale
Carmelo Juan Giaquinta
Date22 December 1984
Elevated byPope Francis
Date14 February 2015
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Luis Héctor Villalba as principal consecrator
Luis Urbanc10 March 2007
Carlos Alberto Sánchez14 October 2017
Styles of
Luis Hector Villalba
Reference styleHis Eminence
Spoken styleYour Eminence
Informal styleCardinal

Luis Héctor Villalba (Spanish pronunciation: [lwis ˈeɣtoɾ βiˈʝalβa]; born 11 October 1934) is an Argentine prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who was the Archbishop of Tucumán from 1999 to 2011. He was an auxiliary bishop of Buenos Aires from 1984 to 1991 and bishop of San Martin from 1991 to 1999.


Luis Héctor Villalba was born on 11 October 1934. He completed his primary and secondary education in Buenos Aires. He entered the Metropolitan Seminary of Buenos Aires (Villa Devoto) in 1952 after earning the title of mercantile peritus in state schools. In 1961, he obtained licentiates in theology and ecclesiastical history at the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.[1]


He was ordained a priest on 24 September 1960.

In 1961 he obtained a licentiate in theology and Church history from the Pontifical Gregorian University.

In 1967 he was appointed as prefect of the major seminary and professor in the Faculty of Theology at the Catholic University of Buenos Aires. In 1968 he became the first director of the San José vocational institute, where candidates to the priesthood of the archdiocese prepared for courses in philosophy and theology. From 1969 to 1971 he served as dean of the faculty of theology, and in 1972 he was appointed as parish priest of Santa Rosa da Lima in Buenos Aires.

On 20 October 1984 he was assigned the titular see of Ofena and appointed as auxiliary of Buenos Aires.

On 16 July 1991 he was transferred to the diocese of San Martin.

He served as metropolitan archbishop of Tucumán from 8 July 1999 to 10 June 2011. He was the first deputy president of the Episcopal Conference of Argentina for two consecutive mandates (2005–2008 and 2008–2011), under the presidency of the then-archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Previously he had been president of the Episcopal Commission for Catechesis and a member of the Commission for the Lay Apostolate.[2]


On 4 January 2015, Pope Francis announced that he would make him a cardinal on 14 February.[3] At that ceremony, he was assigned the titular church of San Girolamo a Corviale.[4] On September 4, 2021, Villalba in his role as papal representative presided over the rite of beatification of Fray Mamerto Esquiú.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Miranda, Salvador. "VILLALBA, Luis Héctor (1934-)". The Cardinals of the Holy Roman Church. Florida International University. OCLC 53276621.
  2. ^ "VILLALBA Card. Luis Héctor".
  3. ^ "Annuncio di Concistoro per la creazione di nuovi Cardinali" (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 4 January 2015. Retrieved 6 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Consistory: list of titular church assignments". Vatican Radio. 14 February 2015. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  5. ^ "En Catamarca se alistan para la beatificación del fraile Fray Mamerto Esquiú".

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by Bishop of San Martin
Succeeded by
Preceded by Archbishop of Tucumán
Succeeded by
Preceded by
titular church established
Cardinal Priest of San Girolamo a Corviale