WASHINGTON (November 25, 1997) -- Pope John Paul II has named Father Richard J. Garcia, Vicar for Clergy in the Diocese of San Jose, to be Auxiliary Bishop of Sacramento.
Bishop-designate Garcia was assigned the titular see of Bapara.
Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan, Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment.
Richard Garcia was born in San Francisco, April 24, 1947.
He attended St. Joseph's College Minor Seminary, Mountain View, California and St. Patrick's Seminary in Menlo Park and was ordained May 13, 1973.
Following ordination, he was parochial vicar, St. Catherine, Morgan Hill, from 1973 to 1977. From 1977 to 1980, Father Garcia was Director of the Pastoral Center of San Jose and Coordinator for the Hispanic Apostolate of the counties of San Jose and Santa Clara.
Bishop-designate Garcia studied dogmatic theology at the Angelicum University in Rome from 1980 to 1984.
Upon returning to this country, he joined the faculty of St. Patrick's, Menlo Park, while also assisting at Our Lady of the Rosary parish, Palo Alto.
He was a faculty member and Prefect of Discipline at St. Joseph Seminary, Mountain View from 1989 to 1991, Diocesan Director of Vocations from 1992 to 1997, and pastor of St. Leo the Great Church, San Jose, from 1995 to 1997, when he was named Vicar for Clergy.