Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Daniel Garcia, the vicar general of the diocese of Austin, Texas, as an auxiliary bishop of the diocese.
Garcia, 54, is an Austin diocesan priest and also is moderator of the curia.
The appointment was announced Wednesday in Washington by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.
The newly named auxiliary bishop will assist Bishop Joe Vasquez, who has headed the Austin diocese since 2010.
His episcopal ordination is scheduled for March 3.