Bishop David Arias, a great leader of the Hispanic people

Augustinian Recollect Bishop David Arias died on May 9 at the age of 89 in New Jersey (United States). He was recognized by many people as a good bishop and a good religious, mainly concerned with the Hispanic community. This article was written by Fray Eliseo González, OAR, in memory of Bishop David.

I first met Bishop David Arias in November 1997 at Tagaste Monastery, Suffern, New York. I was a seminarian at the time. He came to eat with the Augustinian Recollect community to celebrate Thanksgiving Day. For the next six years Archbishop Arias would not miss that feast day at Tagaste.

I also remember when, along with other Recollect friars, we were present at the blessing of the Guadalupe Center in Union City, New Jersey. Arias was largely responsible for the Diocese of Newark opening this formation center for the Hispanic community. From his time with the Cursillo Movement in New York, Arias was always concerned that the laity be well-formed.

On May 31, 2003 I had the joy of being ordained a priest by the laying on of his hands at Mary Star of the Sea Church, Oxnard, California. He was also present the next day, June 1, for my first Mass. Arias was always ready for the ordinations of deacons and Augustinian Recollect priests.

In 2009 I was assigned to West Orange, New Jersey, where the provincial house of St. Augustine Province was located, with the mission of working for the cause of the venerable Bishop Alfonso Gallegos. Arias a few times a year, always in Augustinian Recollect community meetings.

In March 2010, while I was in New Jersey, I went to visit Bishop David to ask him for a favor: he needed to lend me a mitre of his to wear to the venerable Bishop Gallegos after his exhumation on March 24, 2010. When I arrived at Bishop Arias’ residence, I was impressed by how simple and organized everything was. He received me with great affection. He was very attentive. He showed me the house and the church. It looked like a residence within another residence. It had its own chapel, kitchen, dining room and bedroom, all apart from the rectory of the diocesan fathers. He took me to his room and placed three mitres on his bed and said, “Take whatever you want. I took the most beautiful one to put it on the venerable Bishop Gallegos.

In the summer of 2013 I was assigned to Santa Ana, California, at Our Lady of the Pillar Church. During that time, Monsignor Arias stayed in this community on two occasions. From there, Bishop Arias took the opportunity to visit his brother, Father José Antonio Arias, and his nephews and nieces in Los Angeles.

In June 2016, he stayed at the Pilar Church for a meeting of U.S. bishops in the Southern California area near Santa Ana. By the way, from the Diocese of Orange I was invited to confess to the bishops. I went to confession and I saw Bishop Arias there, living with his brother bishops, very happy. He approached me and greeted me with great affection.

The last time I saw Bishop David Arias was in November 2016 when he traveled to the Cathedral of Sacramento, California, to participate in the Thanksgiving Mass of Bishop Alfonso Gallegos on the occasion of his proclamation as venerable.  The trip was made by bus with a group of pilgrims from the church of Pilar, Santa Ana, and lasted seven hours. In that ceremony Bishop Arias had to unveil the photo of Bishop Gallegos that was lit in the choir of the cathedral. Then I asked the parishioners how a long trip had turned out for Bishop Arias. They told me that he was very happy, ‘quiet’, praying and sharing with the faithful.

On these two occasions when he stayed in Santa Ana, in the church of Pilar, we spoke alone about some topics: his ministry, his love for history and his books on the contribution of Hispanics to U.S. society, his autobiography he was writing and why he thought that St. John Paul II elected him bishop, which was a great surprise to him. His theory was that in his curriculum vitae it appeared that in his studies in Rome he had made the final thesis on the spirituality of St. John of the Cross. Smiling, he told me that that is why he believed he had been appointed bishop by St. John Paul II, because the Pope also had an interest in St. John of the Cross.

For me, Bishop David Arias was a simple, loving and attentive man. Upon learning of his death, I offered the Holy Eucharist for his eternal rest and I could not help but feel again affection and spiritual union with him, since he had ordained me a priest and again Jesus Christ, the Eternal High Priest, united us.

Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., Archbishop of Newark, after learning of the death of Bishop Arias said: “Today, this local Church of Newark is in mourning for a remarkable and reliable pastor who guided the faithful wisely, well and with great pastoral care. David Arias, an Augustinian Recollect, was a great leader who has left a profound imprint on the church in the USA, particularly in the pastoral care of the Hispanic community, which continues to grow.

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    ALL SAINTS’ DAY

    BIRTHDAY:
    Sr. Marjorie Palacat, AR

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    ALL SOULS’ DAY

    ATTENTION: Recoletos de Luzon
    7:00 AM Mass @ Himlayang Pilipino, Quezon City
    Mass Presider: Father Provincial

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Lolita Esteves, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1971-2019)
    Fray Regino Bangcaya

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    VATICAN: HOLY MASS FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOULS OF THE CARDINALS AND BISHOPS WHO DIED OVER THE COURSE OF THE YEAR

    10TH ANNIVERSARY – APOSTOLIC CONSTITUTION ANGLICANORUM COETIBUS (2009)

    GENERAL COUNCIL MEETING

    November 4-8, 2019 / Rome

    CANONICAL RETREAT
    of the OAR Candidates to Diaconate and Presbyterate November 4-9, 2019

    USJ-R BALAMBAN: LAUNCHING OF ENGLISH & LIBRARY MONTH

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Zenaida Cabanes, AR
    Sr. Ma. Esperanza Mae Valmores, AR

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    34TH STUDENTS’ CONGRESS OF RECOLLECT SCHOOLS (SCORES)
    Theme: “Rekoleto Youth: Catalyst for Change for Nation-Building” Venue: SSC-R de Cavite

    Inclusive dates: November 5-9, 2019

    NEGROS DAY / AL CINCO DE NOVIEMBRE

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Romeo Ben Potencio
    Fray Rey Jay Quevedo (simply prof.)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Fray Federico de la Rosa (2000-2019)

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    November 6, 2019

    COMMEMORATION OF THE DECEASED MEMBERS OF THE ORDER

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Leoncia Bandal, AR
    Sr. Rona Alaza, AR
    Sr. Liezl Palabrica

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    BLD. GRATIA OF KOTOR, Religious (Patron of OAR Lay Collaborators)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Ma. Cecilia Palomo, AR

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    November 8, 2019

    START OF THE NOVENA TO NUESTRA SRA. DE LA SALUD

    COMMUNIO 2019
    November 8-9, 2019
    Host: Recoletos School of Theology

    CSNT-R: SAINTS AND ANGELS DAY

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Alfreda Galinato, AR
    Fray Jovanie Siesmundo (simply prof.)

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    30TH ANNIVERSARY – FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL (1989)

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Emilio Jaruda, Jr.

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY:
    Fray Jesus Pastor Paloma (1996-2019)

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    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Hermosilla Torreon, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Lourdes de San Agustin

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    PRIOR GENERAL’S RENEWAL VISIT TO SIERRA LEONE & KENYA November 11-24, 2019

    ARSE – BATCH 3
    Inclusive dates: November 11-15, 2019
    Facilitator: Fray René Paglinawan, OAR
    Venue: Talavera House of Prayer-Recoletos, Cebu City

    4th BEC NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
    (in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of BEC in the country)
    November 11-14, 2019 / Apo View Hotel, Davao City
    Theme: “Discerning the Challenges of the BEC Journey in the Light of the New Evangelization”

    UNO-R: START OF CLASSES (SECOND SEMESTER)

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Gemma Netollama, AR Sr. Christie Maquiling, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Fernanda Balaba, AR

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    2nd INTERNATIONAL ENCOUNTER OF CEAR
    November 12-15, 2019 / Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Cristine Tenio, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Corazon Nartia, AR

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    November 13, 2019

    ST. AUGUSTINE’S 1665th BIRTHDAY

    ALL SAINTS OF THE ORDER

    OFFICIAL LAUNCHING OF “SANTO NIÑO @ 500”
    Venue: Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, Cebu City
    Theme: “Sto. Niño, the abiding presence of the Father in our journey of faith…”

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Mo. Remedios de la Cruz
    Sr. Rechilda Llorando, AR

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    November 14, 2019

    22ND PROVINCIAL COUNCIL MEETING

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Emilio Larlar, Jr.
    Sr. Clementina Galve, AR
    Sr. Luzviminda Escal, AR

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    November 15, 2019

    MEETING OF THE LOCAL CHRONICLERS
    Venue: Bulwagang Recoletos Atrium, Mira- Nila, Quezon City

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Marites Carasig, OAR (Tangub Monastery)
    Sr. Ma. Elisa Abellaniza, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Encarnacion del Santissimo Sacramento
    Sr. Consolacion Salamanca, AR
    Sr. Ma. Belen Muñez, AR

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    DIACONAL ORDINATION
    Fray Virgilio Calalang Jr., OAR
    Fray Cristito Tepace, OAR
    Venue: OLCP Church, Miranila, QC / Time: 9:00 AM
    Ordaining Prelate: Most Rev. Bartolome Santos Jr., D.D. (Diocese of Iba)

    8th CATHOLIC SOCIAL MEDIA SUMMIT
    Venue: Lourdes School of Mandaluyong
    For more details:
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    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Mo. Carmen Alba, AR

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    November 17, 2019

    SOLEMNITY OF NUESTRA SEÑORA DE LA SALUD
    *Blessing of the La Salud Chapel and Enthronement of the Image of the N. S. de la Salud (@SNTP, Quezon City)

    WORLD DAY OF THE POOR

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Nestor Raras

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    IV INTERNATIONAL ENCOUNTER OF EDUCAR
    November 18-22, 2019 / Rio de Janiero, Brazil

    USJ-R: CLASSES BEGIN (SECOND SEMESTER) CST-R: CAREER WEEK FOR GRADE 12
    November 18-22, 2019

    EZMBOYZ CLUSTER GATHERING
    November 18-20, 2019 / Tabuelan, Cebu

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ricarda Raganas, AR

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    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO THAILAND AND JAPAN
    November 19-26, 2019

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Dolores Diana, AR
    Sr. Nobie Noman, AR
    Sr. Ma. Jeanne Partosa, AR
    Sr. Josephine Tanio, AR

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    November 20, 2019

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO THAILAND
    November 20-23, 2019

    DAY 1: ROME-BANGKOK

    12:30
    Arrival at Military Air Terminal 2 of Bangkok
    Official Welcome at Military Air Terminal 2 of Bangkok

    SPA (VALENCIA) HIGH SCHOOL DAYS
    November 20-23, 2019

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Ralph Laureen Ciceron
    Mo. Eufemia Lauzon, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF SOLEMN PROFESSION
    (2001-2019)
    Sr. Ma. Emy Catalonia, OAR (Tangub Monastery)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Celestina de San Nicolas de Tolentino

     

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    November 21, 2019

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO THAILAND

    DAY 2: BANGKOK
    Welcome Ceremony in the Government House courtyard
    Meeting with the Prime Minister in the “Inner Ivory Room” of the Government House
    Meeting with Authorities, Civil Society and the Diplomatic Corps in the “Inner Santi Maitri” Hall of the Government House
    Visit to the Supreme Buddhist Patriarch at Wat Ratchabophit Sathit Maha Simaram Temple
    Meeting with the medical staff of St. Louis Hospital
    Private visit to infirm and disabled people at St. Louis Hospital Lunch at the Apostolic Nunciature
    Lunch at the Apostolic Nunciature
    Private visit to His Majesty the King Maha Vajiralongkorn “Rama X” at Amphorn Royal Palace
    Holy Mass in the National Stadium

    ANNIVERSARY OF APPOINTMENT AS ARCHBISHOP
    Archbp. Peter Liu Cheng-chung (Diocese of Kaoshiung, Taiwan)

    ANNIVERSARY OF SIMPLE PROFESSION
    (1998-2019)
    Sr. Ma. Emy Catalonia, OAR (Tangub Monastery)

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Fray Santos Serato (2003-2019)

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    November 22, 2019

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO THAILAND

    DAY 3: BANGKOK
    Meeting with Priests, Religious, Seminarians and Catechists in St Peter’s Parish

    Meeting with the Bishops of Thailand and FABC at the Blessed Nicholas Boonkerd Kitbamrung Shrine

    Private meeting with the Members of the Society of Jesus in a hall close to the Shrine

    Lunch at the Apostolic Nunciature

    Meeting with the Leaders of the Christian denominations and Other Religions at Chulalongkorn University

    Holy Mass with Young People in the Cathedral of the Assumption

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Consejo de Santa Monica
    Sr. Ma. Paulita Llacer, AR

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    November 23, 2019

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO THAILAND – JAPAN DAY 4 (1): BANGKOK – TOKYO

    Farewell Ceremony at Military Air Terminal 2 of Bangkok

    9:30
    Arrival at Tokyo-Haneda Airport

    1740
    Welcome Ceremony at Tokyo-Haneda Aitport
    Meeting with the Bishops at the Apostolic Nunciature
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    November 24, 2019

    SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO JAPAN

    DAY 2: TOKYO-NAGASAKI-HIROSHIMA-TOKYO

    9:20
    Departure by plane for Nagasaki
    Arrival at Nagasaki Airport
    Message on nuclear weapons at the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park
    Tribute to the Martyr Saints at the Martyrs’ Monument – Nishizaka Hill
    Lunch at the Bishop’s House
    Holy Mass in the Baseball Stadium
    Departure by plane for Hiroshima

    16:35
    Departure by plane for Hiroshima

    17:45
    Arrival at Hiroshima Airport
    Meeting for peace at the Peace Memorial

    20:25
    Departure by plane for Tokyo

    22:10
    Arrival at Tokyo-Haneda Airport

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Sir Michael Dineros
    Sr. Fulgencia Relos, AR
    Sr. Cathryn Nove Vila, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Imelda Lachica, AR
    Sr. Mary Bernard Matanguihan, AR

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    November 25, 2019

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO JAPAN

    DAY 3: TOKYO

    Meeting with the victims of Triple Disaster at “Bellesalle Hanzomon”
    Private visit to Emperor Naruhito at the Imperial Palace
    Meeting with Young People at the Cathedral of Holy Mary
    Lunch with the Papal Delegation at the Nunciature
    Holy Mass in the Tokyo Dome
    Meeting with the Prime Minister at Kantei
    Meeting with Authorities and the Diplomatic Corps at Kantei

    RFC & RST: FEAST OF ST. THOMAS OF VILLANOVA & RECOLETOS SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY (RST) DAY

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Feliciano Campomanes
    Sr. Ma. Ninfa Inzon, AR

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Carmela de Santa Teresita
    Sr. Francisca Abad, AR

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    November 26, 2019

    APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO JAPAN

    DAY 4: TOKYO – ROME

    Private Holy Mass with the Members of the Society of Jesus in the Chapel of Kulturzentrum of Sophia University

    Breakfast and private meeting with the Collegium Maximum at Sophia University
    Visit to the elderly and infirm priests at Sophia University

    Farewell Ceremony at Tokyo-Haneda Airport

    11:35
    Departure by plane for Rome/Fiumicino

    17:15
    Arrival at Rome/Fiumicino Airport

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    November 27, 2019

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Ivan Cuison (simply prof.)
    Sr. Antonietta Castañares, AR
    Sr. Rhiza Eltanal, AR

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    November 28, 2019

    21st FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROVINCE OF ST. EZEKIEL MORENO (1998-2019)

    30TH ANNIVERSARY – LAST APPARITION OF OUR LADY OF KIBEHO (1989) [Note: Kibeho is in southwestern Rwanda]

    BIRTHDAY
    Sr. Eva Grace Cadungog, AR

    ANNIVERSARY OF PRESBYTERAL ORDINATION
    (2013-2019)
    Fray Jose Prudencio Castillo
    Fray Giovanni Gil Magbojos
    Fray Alexus Mansueto
    Fray Joseph Cyprian Panaligan

    8th ANNIVERSARY (2011-2019) OF ACCEPTANCE AS BROTHERS/SISTERS GENERAL OF THE ORDER (OAR)
    Hon. Rufus Rodriguez
    Mr. Fulgencio Culaton
    Dr. Milagros Espina
    Mrs. Leonila Dosado

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    November 29, 2019

    BIRTHDAY
    Fray Glynn Ortega

    DEATH ANNIVERSARY
    Sr. Ma. Ester Anacleto, AR

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    November 30, 2019

    125TH ANNIVERSARY – ENCYCLICAL ORIENTALIUM DIGNITAS (1894)

    Holiday: BONIFACIO DAY

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