Octavio Cisneros

His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Octavio Cisneros
Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn
Titular Bishop of Eanach Dúin
Archdiocese New York
Diocese Brooklyn
Appointed June 6, 2006
Installed August 22, 2006
Other posts Titular Bishop of Eanach Dúin
Ordination May 29, 1971
by Francis Mugavero
Consecration August 22, 2006
by Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio, Thomas Vose Daily, and Ignatius Anthony Catanello
Personal details
Born (1945-07-19) July 19, 1945
Las Villas, Cuba
Styles of
Octavio Cisneros
Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Octavio Cisneros (born July 19, 1945) is a Cuban American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He currently serves as an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Brooklyn, and is also Titular Bishop of Eanach Dúin.

Early life and education

The third of four children, Octavio Cisneros was born in Las Villas, a province of Cuba, to Roberto Cisneros and Olga Lezcano. He and his family moved to Havana shortly after his birth. He studied under the Piarist Fathers as a child and, while a high school student in October 1961, came to the United States as a political refugee as part of Operation Peter Pan. Relocated to Marquette, Michigan, he attended St. Paul High School in Negaunee.

Cisneros then studied at St. Lawrence Minor Seminary in Mount Calvary, Wisconsin, from where he obtained an Associate of Arts degree, and at Niagara University, earning a Bachelor's degree. He studied theology at DeSales School of Theology in Washington, D.C. and at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, New York, earning a master's in divinity degree.


Cisneros was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Francis Mugavero on May 29, 1971. For the first eight years of his priesthood, he served as parochial vicar at St. Michael's Church in Sunset Park. In 1979, he was named diocesan coordinator of the Hispanic Apostolate and eight years later was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Corona.

His subsequent appointments were as an Episcopal Vicar in the Brooklyn East Vicariate and as rector of the Cathedral Seminary in Douglaston. He was raised to the rank of Honorary Prelate of His Holiness by Pope John Paul II in 1988. In 2004, he was named Secretary for Priestly Formation in the diocesan chancery.

Episcopal career

On June 6, 2006, Cisneros was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn and Titular Bishop of Eanach Dúin by Pope Benedict XVI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following August 22 from Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, with Bishops Thomas Daily and Ignatius Catanello serving as co-consecrators.

He serves as vice-postulator (or promoter) of the Cause for Canonization (Sainthood) of the Venerable Servant of God Félix Varela, a 19th-century bridge-building Cuban priest who worked for closer bonds among Cubans and between Cuba and the U.S. and their citizenries.

Bishop Cisneros serves as Pastor of the Parish of the Holy Child Jesus, in Richmond Hill, New York.


Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Michael Aidan Courtney
Titular Bishop of Eanach Dhúin
2006 Present
Succeeded by
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