Born in Havana, Cuba, Feb. 25, 1945, Father García was the youngest of two sons. He studied in elementary and secondary schools operated by the Piarist Fathers in Cuba before leaving the island and settling with his family in Miami. He entered the Piarist novitiate in Derby, New York. He obtained a degree in chemistry and philosophy from the Catholic University of America in 1968, as well as a master’s in theology and a Master of Divinity from St. Albert’s College (Graduate Theological Union) in Berkeley, California in 1973 and 1974, respectively.
In addition to fluency in English and Spanish, he understood Italian and German.
He was ordained a priest for the Piarist community June 23, 1973 at St. John Bosco Church in Little Havana by Miami’s then auxiliary bishop, Rene Gracida. (Read full text at Archdiocese of Miami's website)