Father Eduardo “Eddie” H. García passed away at his home at the St. John Vianney Residence for Priests in Corpus Christi on the evening of Nov. 14. Father García was born in Alice on Oct. 24, 1955 and baptized at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alice.
After graduating from Alice High School in 1974, he attended Del Mar College in Corpus Christi earning an associate degree in music/vocal performance in 1980. In 1984, he completed two bachelor degrees at Corpus Christi State University in music education and theatre/communication/TV and film arts. During that time, he was involved in various music positions including adjunct instructor at Chula Vista Fine Arts Elementary, music and drama coordinator at Creative Arts Center, Inc. and music and drama coordinator at the Jewish Community Center. He also served as a cantor for Temple Bethel and Corpus Christi Cathedral.
Father García attended the University of St. Thomas and St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, earning a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies arts administration and a master’s of divinity in 1989. He was ordained a deacon on May 20, 1989 and on Jan. 20, 1990 Bishop Rene H. Gracida ordained him to the priesthood at Corpus Christi Cathedral.