Francisco Javier Garcia
Born in Mexico, Francisco Javier Garcia was among many Spanish-speaking priests from other countries assigned to the Sacramento area to minister to the Spanish-speaking population there, which was growing rapidly in the early 1970s. Garcia arrived in the diocese in 1978 and worked at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Sacramento, CA, Holy Rosary in Woodland, CA, and Sacred Heart in Maxwell, CA. Garcia left the country in 1995, fleeing felony charges and allegations of sexual abuse occurring from 1987-1994, and he is thought to be in Mexico. It has been reported that Garcia contacted the Diocese of Sacramento after his arrival in Mexico and disobeyed its order to return to face the charges.