First Filipino bishop tapped to head Salt Lake City diocese

Bishop Oscar A. Solis. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Bishop Oscar A. Solis. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Pope Francis appointed Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Solis as the bishop of Salt Lake City. He replaces Archbishop John C. Wester who was appointed to be Archbishop of Santa Fe in April 2015.

The Filipino-born bishop, 63, was ordained to the priesthood in 1979 after attending Divine Word Seminary in Tagaytag City in the Philippines and Theology University of Santo Tomas in Manila.

According to Rocco Palmo’s blog, Whispers in the Loggia, then Fr. Solis migrated to the US, “amid a call for pastoral workers to serve a rapidly-growing Filipino diaspora, first heading to Newark before eventually settling in southern Lousiana’s Houma-Thibodaux diocese.” In late 2003 he was named auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles. In 2009 he was named auxiliary bishop for the San Pedro Pastoral Region of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which includes five pastoral regions that cover Long Beach and Southern Los Angeles County.

His installation is scheduled for March 7 at Salt Lake City’s Cathedral of the Madeleine.

For the USCCB News Release, click here.

For the Diocese of Salt lake City press release, click here.

For the Whispers in the Loggia blog, click here.