Dairy farm to the episcopate: Stockton gets a new bishop

Bishop Myron J. Cotta (Photo: Diocese of Sacramento)

STOCKTON – Bishop Myron Joseph Cotta, 64, was appointed the new Bishop of Stockton for the Californian diocese on January 23.

An auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Sacramento, Bishop Cotta will replace Bishop Stephen Blaire. Blaire has recerntly passed the age of 75, when bishops are required to submit letters of resignation to the pope.

Bishop Cotta was born March 21, 1953, and grew up on a dairy farm in Merced County, California. He received an associate’s degree in 1973 from West Hills Junior College before entering the St. John’s College Seminary in Camarillo in 1980.

Ordained in the Diocese of Fresno in 1987, his pastoral assignments have included the parish of St. Anthony in Atwater, the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Laton, and the Shrine of Our Lady of Miracles in Gustine.

Cotta was named auxiliary bishop of Sacramento in 2014 and was ordained on March
25, 2014.

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