Two Auxiliary Bishops To Be Ordained For Washington February 21

WASHINGTON – News coverage is welcome February 21 for the Ordination of two local priests as Auxiliary Bishops to serve in The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington.

Pope Francis on December 19, 2022 named Monsignor Juan Esposito-Garcia and Father Evelio Menjivar-Ayala to serve as Auxiliary Bishops in the archdiocese where they were ordained as priests in 2008 and 2004, respectively.

Cardinal Wilton Gregory will ordain the two new bishops in a Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew, in the presence of their family members, current and former parishioners, and more than 100 priests and bishops from this Archdiocese, around the United States and multiple other countries.

Bishop-Elect Esposito 49, an immigrant from Argentina, has been serving as an official in the Dicastery for Bishops at the Vatican. Bishop-Elect Menjivar, 52, an immigrant from El Salvador, is pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Landover Hills, Maryland.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023

2 p.m. ET

Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle

1725 Rhode Island Ave NW

Washington, DC 20036



Limited seating will be available inside the Cathedral. Please contact us to arrange a seat or to inquire about possible positions for cameras.


The Archdiocese of Washington is home to more than 667,000 Catholics, 139 parishes and 90 Catholic schools, located in Washington, D.C., and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.