In recent weeks, Bishop Garcia expressed that he has not being feeling well and decided to clear his calendar to take time to rest.
During this time, we have been able to assist him in seeing several doctors in order to provide him with needed medical attention. It was confirmed just this past Friday that Bishop Garcia has the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Members of his family have been with him since April 10, 2018. Together with a few members of the staff, we are being attentive to his needs and care, while seeking excellent medical care and advice. This news has taken some time for Bishop to adjust to as it has only been in the last few weeks that signs of this disease have become more pronounced and evident to him.
Together with his family and doctors, we have first focused on his well-being and personal care. No further decisions have been made, but in the interim, I will do my best going forward to lead us through this process. I ask that you pray for Bishop Garcia, his family, his staff and our entire diocese. At the same time, please respect his privacy. In this time of adjustment, please refrain from calling him, but rather, we encourage you to send him a note or a card with the promise of your support and prayers.
Please send it addressed as follows: Bishop Richard Garcia c/o Diocese of Monterey P.O. Box 2048 Monterey, CA 93942 I will be sure that Bishop Garcia receives your cards of encouragement and love as he faces the road ahead. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Junipero Serra, may God bless, comfort and guide Bishop Garcia and our entire diocese.
From Diocese of Monterey Pastoral Office.