WASHINGTON (December 19, 2006)—Bishop Sylvester Ryan's Resignation Accepted, Bishop Richard Garcia Named Bishop of Monterey
Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, made the announcement.
Richard J. Garcia was born in San Francisco, April 24, 1947. He studied at St. Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park, California, at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome, and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco on June 15, 1973.
He was appointed Titular Bishop of Bapara and Auxiliary Bishop of Sacramento, November 25, 1997.
Sylvester D. Ryan was born in Avalon, California, September 3, 1930. He studied at St. John Seminary College, Camarillo, California, and at Immaculate Heart College, Los Angeles, and was ordained a priest of the Los Angeles archdiocese on May 3, 1957.
Named Titular Bishop of Remesiana and Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, February 17, 1990, he was appointed Bishop of Monterey, January 28, 1992.
Established in 1967, the Diocese of Monterey comprises the counties of Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Cruz in the State of California. It has a Catholic population of about 195,000 in a total population of 976,000.