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CAIR-CA Congratulates New Monterey County Bishop

CAIR-CA CONGRATULATES RICHARD GARCIA ON HIS APPOINTMENT AS BISHOP

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 2/5/2007) – The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-CA) today congratulated Richard Garcia on his appointment as Bishop of the Diocese of Monterey, California. In a multilingual ceremony this week, the Diocese of Monterey officially installed the fourth bishop in its 40-year history.

“Bishop Richard Garcia is an advocate for justice and man of strong faith,” said CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra. “Bishop Garcia will be greatly missed in Sacramento and we will continue in strengthening our relationship with the Diocese.”

Garcia, the former auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Sacramento, is the second Latino now serving as a bishop in California. Bishop Garcia is a native of San Francisco and a graduate of Saint Joseph and Saint Patrick grammar schools and seminaries.

CONTACT: CAIR-SV Executive Director Basim Elkarra, 916-441-6269, E-mail: sacval@cair.com

 

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