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Pope Francis Appoints Austin Diocese’s First Auxiliary Bishop

AUSTIN — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Austin has announced the appointment of the Rev. Daniel E. Garcia as its first auxiliary bishop.

The diocese announced Wednesday that Pope Francis appointed Garcia to help serve its growing membership, which includes 127 parishes in 25 counties in Central Texas.

Garcia will perform some ceremonies that typically only a bishop is allowed to perform, such as confirmation masses. He will be ordained as auxiliary bishop in March.

Officials say 54-year-old Garcia will keep his position as vicar general and moderator of the curia. He was appointed to that role in March 2014.

Garcia was ordained in Austin in 1988.