The Diocese of Monterey has announced that Bishop Richard J. Garcia of Monterey died July 11. He was 71. He had been diagnosed three months ago with Alzheimer's disease. He was named the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Monterey in 2006 by Pope Benedict XVI.
In a statement, Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento said "The news about the death of Bishop Richard Garcia is heartbreaking for all those who knew his strong embracing affection. The clergy, religious and people of the Diocese of Sacramento join with our brothers and sisters in the Diocese of Monterey, as well as the family of Bishop Garcia, to mourn the passing of this beloved pastor and dear friend. May the many fond memories of his jovial bearing and tender manner bring us comfort as we commend the kind soul of Bishop Garcia to the merciful arms of Jesus, the Good Shepherd."