Theology on Tap with Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller
When: 9/26/2019, 07:00 am - 10:00 am
Where: Blue Star Brewing Company - 1414 S Alamo St. #105, San Antonio, TX 78210
Gather to hear a dynamic presentation and Q&A on relevant Catholic topics and issues in an informal setting.
Theology on Tap: September 2019
Thursday, September 26, 2019
7:00 PM at Blue Star Brewing Company
(1414 S Alamo St. #105, San Antonio, TX 78210 -- Directions)
Presenter: Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS
About the Presenter: The oldest of fifteen children, Gustavo Garcia-Siller was born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. He entered the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit in Mexico City in 1973, and was sent to the United States in 1980 to minister to migrant workers in California. 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, and then served as an associate pastor at St. Joseph Church in Selma until 1988. 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.
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. On December 15, 1998, Garcia-Siller became a citizen of the United States. 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. On January 24, 2003, Garcia-Siller was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago and Titular Bishop of Oescus by Pope John Paul II. 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. As an auxiliary, he served as Episcopal Vicar for Vicariate V and the Cardinal's liaison to the Hispanic community.
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.