Cardinal Priest of Santa Maria "Regina Pacis"a Monte Verde
Cardinal Francisco Alvarez Martínez, Archbishop of Toledo (Spain) , was born in the parish of Santa Eulalia di Ferroñes, in Llanera (Oviedo) on 14 July 1925. He completed his ecclesiastical studies at the diocesan seminaries of Valdedíos and Oviedo.
He was ordained to the priesthood on 11 June 1950. From 1955 to 1958 he completed his studies in Canon Law at the Pontifical University of Salamanca where he received his degree and then from 1960 to 1962 he studied for his Doctorate at the Pontifical University of Comillas. He was named Canon of the metropolitan cathedral of Oviedo on 11 February 1958, and on 3 November 1962 he was raised to the dignity of archdeacon.
During the episcopate of Monsignor Lauzurica y Torralba, from 1950 al 1957, he acted as his personal secretary, while carrying out his priestly ministry in the Corredoria district in Oviedo. He was Chancellor-Secretary of the Archdiocese from 1958 until 1962, a position he continued to hold during the episcopate of Monsignor Enrique y Tarancón, from 1965 to 1969. In 1969, under Bishop Díaz Merchán, he was named Chancellor-Secretary and Episcopal Vicar-Secretary of the group of Vicars. At the same time, he was chaplain of the University Residence of the Teresian Institute of Oviedo, from 1960 to 1973.
Pope Paul VI named him Bishop of Tarazona on 14 April 1973, he was consecrated in that city by Monsignor Luigi Dadaglio, Apostolic Nuncio in Spain, and he took possession of his see on 3 June. On 7 April 1975, he was named as Apostolic Administrator with the faculties of residential Bishop of the diocese of Calahorra y La Calzada-Logroño, taking possession of the see on 13 April. On 20 December he was named Bishop of that diocese, with his installation on 16 January 1977. On 12 May 1989, he was transferred to the diocese of Orihuela-Alicante, taking possession on 17 June.
From 1984 until 1993, he was president of the Mixed Commission of Bishops and Major Superiors of Religious and Secular Institutes of the Spanish Episcopal Conference. From 1989 until 1994, he was a member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. In 1994, he was appointed by the Spanish Episcopal Conference to participate in the Synod on "Consecrated Life and its mission in the Church and in the World
Selected by John Paul II to take the Primatial See of Toledo on 23 June 1995, he took possession on 24 September of the same year. On 26 June 1996 he was named Apostolic Administrator with the faculties of residential Bishop of the diocese of Cuenca.
He was a member of the Permanent Commission and the Executive Committee of the Spanish Bishops Conference from 1993 to 1999.
In October 1999, he was appointed by the Holy Father to participate in the Second General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops for Europe.
He resigned as Archbishop of Toledo on 24 October 2002.