Gustavo García-Siller

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Gustavo Garcia-Siller

Archbishop of San Antonio
ArchdioceseSan Antonio
AppointedOctober 14, 2010
InstalledNovember 23, 2010
PredecessorJosé Horacio Gómez
OrdinationJune 22, 1984
ConsecrationMarch 19, 2003
by Francis George, Raymond E. Goedert, and Ricardo Watty Urquidi
Personal details
Born (1956-12-21) December 21, 1956 (age 62)
San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Previous postAuxiliary Bishop of Chicago (2003-2010)
(Come Holy Spirit, Come!)
Styles of
Gustavo Garcia-Siller
Coat of arms of Gustavo Garcia-Siller.svg
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleArchbishop
Ordination history of
Gustavo García-Siller
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated byFrancis George
DateMarch 19, 2003
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Gustavo García-Siller as principal consecrator
Michael SisJanuary 27, 2014
Michael Fors OlsonJanuary 29, 2014
Michael Joseph BouletteMarch 20, 2017

Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S. (born December 21, 1956) is a Mexican American prelate of the Latin Church of the Catholic Church. He previously served as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago and currently serves as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio, Texas.


The oldest of fifteen children,[1] Gustavo Garcia-Siller was born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. He entered the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit in Mexico City in 1973,[2] and was sent to the United States in 1980 to minister to migrant workers in California.[3] He also studied at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, from where he obtained Master's degree in Divinity and a Master's in Theology.

Garcia-Siller was ordained to the priesthood on June 22, 1984,[4] and then served as an associate pastor at St. Joseph Church in Selma until 1988.[2] He furthered his studies at the Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESO) in Guadalajara, earning a M.A. in Psychology; and at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.[5]

From 1990 to 1999, he served as rector of the Holy Spirit Missionaries' houses of studies in Lynwood and Long Beach, California and in Portland, Oregon.[5]

On December 15, 1998, Garcia-Siller became a citizen of the United States.[6]

He was rector of his order's theologate in Oxnard from 1999 to 2002, also serving in three parishes of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He was then named superior of the Holy Spirit Missionaries' vicariate for the United States and Canada in 2002.[2]

Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago[edit]

On January 24, 2003, Garcia-Siller was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago and Titular Bishop of Oescus by Pope John Paul II.[4] He received his episcopal consecration on the following March 19 from Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., with Bishops Raymond E. Goedert and Ricardo Watty Urquidi, M.Sp.S., serving as co-consecrators.[4] As an auxiliary, he served as Episcopal Vicar for Vicariate V and the Cardinal's liaison to the Hispanic community.[5]

Archbishop of San Antonio[edit]

On October 14, 2010, the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI had named Garcia-Siller as the successor to José Horacio Gómez, who had been named to succeed Cardinal Roger Mahony as Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, as Archbishop of San Antonio, Texas. His installation took place on November 23, 2010. Along with Archbishop Gómez, he is one of the highest-ranking Mexican-American bishops in the United States.


  1. ^ "Just call me Bishop Gustavo". Vision.
  2. ^ a b c "Pope Accepts Resignations of Chicago Auxiliaries, Names Three Others". United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. January 24, 2003.
  3. ^ Garcia-Siller, Gustavo. "The vocational journey of a Chicago bishop". Oye Magazine.
  4. ^ a b c "Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S."
  5. ^ a b c "Biographical Summary". Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago.
  6. ^ "Garcia-Siller became a citizen of the United States of America on December 15, 1998."

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
José Horacio Gómez
Archbishop of San Antonio
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago
Succeeded by