Today the Vatican announced the appointment of Bishop Oscar Cantu as Coadjutor Bishop of San Jose, California. He will serve in this capacity until the current Bishop, Patrick McGrath, retires.
A native of Houston, Texas, Bishop Cantu earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dallas, and Masters in Divinity and Theological Studies from the University of St. Thomas, also in Houston. He also attended the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he earned his Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) as well as a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.). Bishop Cantú was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Houston in 1994.
San Jose is located in Northern California, with a population of 1,918,044 of which 32.32 percent are Catholic. No official date for Cantu’s installation was included in the announcement, however, a “welcome” Mass will be celebrated in his honor on September because that ceremony is contingent upon Bishop McGrath’s formal retirement date.
Please select this link to review additional news coverage of Bishop Cantu’s appointment in the Los Cruces Sun-News and a video of the Diocese of San Jose press conference.