Episcopal Liaison to the NFPC
- Born: May 15, 1969 (San Luis Potosí, Mexico)
- Ordained Priest (San Antonio) June 1, 1996
- Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit and Titular Bishop of Tagase: April 18, 2011 Ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit: May 5, 2011
Bishop Jose Arturo Cepeda Escobedo, STL, STD, 41, was born in San Luis Potosi, SLP, Mexico on May 15, 1969, to Jose Cepeda and Maria del Socorro Escobedo. He received his elementary and high school education in Catholic schools in San Luis Potosi under the direction of Hermanas and Hermanos Josefinos.
Bishop Cepeda then completed a year of spiritual formation, followed by philosophy studies at Seminario Arquidiocesano Guadalupano Josefino in San Luis Potosi. After moving with his family to San Antonio, Texas, Bishop Cepeda continued his seminary studies at Our Lady of the Lake University, later earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies with a minor in psychology from the College Seminary of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Returning to San Antonio’s Assump-tion Seminary, Bishop Cepeda received a Masters of Divinity degree and was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Patricio Flores on June 1, 1996, at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas.
After earning a Master of Arts degree in Biblical theology from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio while assigned as parochial vicar of San Antonio’s San Fernando Cathedral, Bishop Cepeda was asked to study at St. Thomas Aquinas “Angelicum,” Pontifical University in Rome, where he was awarded a Licentiate in Sacred Theology
(STL) and Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD) degrees, defending his dissertation in Spiritual Theology in 2005.
Since his return to San Antonio, he has fulfilled teaching and formation duties at Assumption Seminary and Oblate School of Theology, has served as Vocation Director and Faculty Member for the Transitional Ministry Formation Program for the Archdiocese of San Antonio, and has been a member of the Formation Faculty of St. Peter upon the Water: A Center for Spiritual Direction and Formation for the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Bishop Cepeda was made Vice Rector of Assumption Seminary in San Antonio in 2009. In 2010, he was installed as the seminary’s
Rector, where he has served until 2011.
In April 2011, Pope Benedict XVI named the Most Rev. Arturo Cepeda, a priest from San Antonio, as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit. One month later he was ordained by Archbishop Allen Vigneron, becoming the youngest bishop in the United States at age 41.