The Most Rev. Juan Garcia:
Archbishop García was born on June 19, 1952 in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The oldest child of four children, he studied in the Holy Trinity Episcopal School under the Transfiguration Nuns and Bishop Justo Pastor Ruiz. In addition to his theological education, he studied music beginning at an early age. Archbishop Garcia also studied engineering at the college of Agricultural and Mechanical Arts (UPR), Mayagüez Campus, (1970-1975) and completed master's classes at the University of Tennessee.
He married Nereida Valentín García in 1975 and is the father of four children; Freddie, Neyra, Leyinsca, and Juan. Under the care and spiritual guidance of Bishop Justo Pastor Ruiz, he prepared for Holy Orders. In 1987, he was ordained to the Diaconate by Bishop Ruiz and ordained to the priesthood in 1989 by Bishop Ruben Rodríguez Molina. He was consecrated Bishop of Puerto Rico, and Episcopal Visitor for Colombia in February 8, 1997 in Ponce PR by Archbishop Louis W. Falk, who was principal consecrator. At present, he is the Bishop of the Diocese of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean and will continue in that role.
He previously worked for Westinghouse and Cuttler Hammer Eaton Corporation, holding various managerial positions for more than 25 years. He is a member of "La Banda Municipal de Ponce" and for the last 46 years participated as clarinetist, sub-conductor, and as conductor since 2013. This band was founded by a very renowned Musician, Juan Morel Campos in 1883, in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Since establishment, this band has been continuously playing every Sunday night, in the town square.