Most Rev. David Arias, O.A.R., Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ was born on July 22, 1929 in Mataluenga, in the Province of Leon, Spain. Soon after finishing his high school and philosophical studies at St. Rita's College in San Sebastian, he joined the Order of the Augustinian Recollects (O.A.R.) in 1948. He did his theological studies at Our Lady of Good Counsel School of Theology in Monachil, Granada, Spain. He was ordained a priest in Barcelona, Spain during the XXXV International Eucharistic Congress on May 31, 1952. Since his ordination to the priesthood, the then Father David Arias worked as a priest and professor in various colleges and institutions of the Order of Augustinian Recollects. He taught Natural Sciences and Cosmology between 1952 and 1953 at St. Rita College in San Sebastian, Spain. From 1955 to 1956 he taught religion at Maddox Academy in Mexico City. He was also professor of Religion and then Prefect at the Major Seminary of Saint Augustine Monastery in Kansas City, Kansas where he also taught Spiritual Theology, Church History and Psychology from 1964 to 1966. Bishop David Arias was Director of St. Joseph Cursillo Center in New York from 1969 - 1978; he was also named Archdiocesan Advisor of the Cursillo Movement in the Archdiocese of New York. During his term as Director, he founded the "Luz y Vida" program, an Evangelization program essentially based on a round table biblical dialogue in the homes, and pioneered the Spanish Marriage Encounter in the United States. In 1978 he was appointed, by Terence Cardinal Cooke, Archbishop of New York, as Director of the Spanish-Speaking Apostolate, a post he occupied until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark, in January 1983. In 1981 he became Vicar Provincial of the Augustinian Recollects in the United States. In his 15 years of service to the Archdiocese of New York, particularly to the Hispanic community, Bishop Arias distinguished himself in the development of leadership and formation programs through the Cursillo Movement and Marriage Encounter programs, retreat work and conferences. Once named Auxiliary Bishop of Newark, he gave himself over to the development of the Spanish Apostolate in the Archdiocese, and has represented the Hispanic community in the Northeast region of the United States and in the National Pastoral Encuentros as well. He has been a member of several Bishops' Commissions such as Communications, Hispanic Affairs, Fifth Centenary of Evangelization of America, and Latin America. He is a member of the Board of Bishops of New Jersey and of the Hispanic Culture Foundation. He was the Regional Bishop of Hudson County and Episcopal Vicar for Hispanic Affairs. As a writer, he has published: Luz y Vida, an Evangelization Program based on biblical dialogues held by lay leaders at homes (New York, 1971); Presencia Nueva, a social research study on the Hispanic people of Northern New Jersey (Newark, 1987); Spanish Roots of America, (New Jersey, 1992); Spanish Cross in Georgia, (New Jersey, 1994) and various articles in magazines and newspapers. For 48 years, Bishop Arias has served as a priest in Spain, Mexico and the United States, being a promoter of initiatives for Christian formation and social service among people in general. Bishop Arias retired in 2004.
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