WASHINGTON— Pope Francis has appointed the Most Reverend Oscar Cantú asCoadjutor Bishop of San Jose, California. Bishop Cantú was up until now Bishopof Las Cruces, New Mexico.
The appointment was publicized inWashington on July 11, 2018, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncioto the United States.
Bishop Cantú was born in Houston onDecember 5, 1966. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University ofDallas, and received his Masters in Divinity and Masters in Theological Studiesfrom the University of St. Thomas, also in Houston. He also attended thePontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he earned his Licentiate inSacred Theology (S.T.L.) as well as his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.).Bishop Cantú was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Houston in 1994.
He spent his priestly career working inparishes throughout the Houston metropolitan area. His first assignment was asparochial vicar at St. Christopher Parish. He also taught at the University ofSt. Thomas and at St. Mary's Seminary. He served as pastor at Holy Name Parish.He was involved in the Christian Family movement; conducted retreats and workedwith the Engaged Encounter ministry. Bishop Cantú was also involved in TheMetropolitan Organization (TMO) that addresses social issues in the community.
Bishop Cantú was appointed and thenordained Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio and Titular Bishop of Dardano in 2008.In 2013, Bishop Cantú was appointed as bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces, NM.He was installed as bishop on February 28, 2013.
Bishop Oscar Cantú is the former Chairmanof the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on InternationalJustice and Peace. He is currently a member of the USCCB Subcommittee on theChurch in Latin America and Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs.
Most Rev. Cantú was one of two delegateschosen by the Bishops' Conference to represent the USCCB at Pope Francis' visitto Mexico in 2016.
The Diocese of San Jose iscomprised of 1,300 square miles in the state of California and has a totalpopulation of 1,918,044 of which 620,000 or 32.32 percent are Catholic.
Keywords: U.S.Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Pope Francis, Archbishop ChristophePierre, Apostolic Nuncio, Bishop Oscar Cantú, Diocese of San Jose, Las Cruces.
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