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David Garcia

David GarciaTitle:Senior Advisor for Clergy Outreach
Areas of Expertise: Hispanic community in the United States, clergy, Church in Latin America
Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

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Rev. David H. Garcia is senior advisor for clergy outreach for Catholic Relief Services, based in San Antonio, Texas. In this role, Fr. Garcia helps lead the agency's efforts to develop and strengthen relationships with clergy leaders in the United States and promote solidarity with the poor and vulnerable in the developing world. He also focuses on outreach to Latino clergy and supports CRS' Global Fellows program, a grassroots speaking initiative that draws on the talents of active and retired Catholic priests to spread the message about CRS' work in parishes around the country.

Fr. Garcia is also director of the Old Spanish Missions of San Antonio and was rector of San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio from 1995 - 2008. He has served the Archdiocese of San Antonio in a number of ways, including secretary to the Archbishop, director of administrative services, rector of Assumption Seminary and vocation director.

He has written and published articles on a variety of religious topics for US Catholic, Origins, Today's Catholic, Church, Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology, New Catholic World, Gracias and Columbia. He has served as adjunct faculty at Oblate School of Theology, the Mexican American Catholic College, and St. Mary's University.

During his time at San Fernando Cathedral, Fr. Garcia produced a highly-rated weekly televised mass shown by satellite throughout North and South America. He produced and co-produced numerous national and local television specials, and received the prestigious Gabriel Award for co-producing with Univision a national broadcast on Our Lady of Guadalupe, Las Mañanitas, in 2003.

In 2001, his parish, San Fernando Cathedral, was profiled in Excellent Catholic Parishes. In 2012, under his leadership, Old Spanish Missions received the prestigious Texas Governor's Award for Historic Preservation.

Fr. Garcia holds two master's degrees from Notre Dame University in theology and institutional administration, and a B.S. in history from St. Mary's University in San Antonio. He was awarded fellowships at Harvard Divinity School and Notre Dame, and did sabbatical studies at the University of London Heythrop College.