Bishop Arturo Cepeda
Presentation: “A Band of Joyful Missionary Disciples:
International Priests Serving our Multicultural Church”
In the light of the New Evangelization, this presentation will explore the blessings and the opportunities our fellow international priests bring to the unique makeup of the multicultural U.S. Church.
Biography: Most Rev. Arturo Cepeda, S.T.L., S.T.D.
Bishop Jose Arturo Cepeda Escobedo, STL, STD, is originally from San Luis Potosí, SLP, Mexico. He received his elementary and High School education in Catholic schools of San Luis Potosí under the direction of the Sisters and Brothers Josefinos. Later, he completed a year of spiritual formation, followed by studies in philosophy at the Archdiocesan Seminary Guadalupano Josefino. After moving with his family to San Antonio, Texas, Bishop Cepeda continued his seminary studies at Our Lady of the Lake University, and obtained a degree in Religious Studies with a specialty in Psychology from the College Seminary of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Returning to San Antonio’s Assumption Seminary he received the degree of Master in Divinity from Oblate School of Theology and was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Patricio Flores on June 1, 1996. In 2001 after obtaining the degree of Master in Biblical Theology from the University of St. Mary’s and while he was assigned as parochial vicar in the Cathedral of San Fernando, Bishop Cepeda traveled to Rome to study at the Pontifical University “St. Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum,” where he successfully obtained a licentiate and doctorate degrees in Sacred Theology (STL, STD).
Returning to San Antonio in 2005, he fulfilled teaching and formation duties at Assumption Seminary and Oblate School of Theology. He served as Vocation Director and Faculty member of the Transitional Ministry Formation Program for newly ordained priests. He also served as formation faculty for the Center of Spiritual Direction “St. Peter upon the Water” in the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Bishop Cepeda was named Vice Rector of Assumption Seminary in 2009.
In 2010 he was installed as rector of the Seminary, where he served until his appointment as Titular Bishop of Tagase and Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit on May 5, 2011. He serves as vicar of Hispanic Ministry and Immigration for the Archdiocese of Detroit. In December 2012, Bishop Cepeda was appointed director of the Department of Evangelization, Catechesis and Schools for the Archdiocese of Detroit by Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, a position he held until June 2017.
Bishop Cepeda currently serves as a member of the following USCCB Committees and Subcommittees: Committee on Catholic Education, Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service, and the Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs. He also serves as Episcopal Liaison for the Instituto Fe y Vida and the Federación de Institutos Pastorales (FIP), and the National Federation of Priests’ Councils (NFPC).
On August 29, 2013, in the city of Las Vegas, NV, Bishop Arturo Cepeda summoned the leadership of all national Hispanic pastoral organizations to a preliminary conversation on the initiative of a V Encuentro. Bishop Cepeda said the meetings have been the backbone in the development of Hispanic / Latino ministry and have given us the opportunity to interpret and project our own identity, presence and contributions to the Church and society in the United States into the future. Bishops Arturo Cepeda, Gerald Barnes, Nelson Pérez and Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller were elected by the Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs to more directly accompany the Encuentro process. Bishop Cepeda is the national vice-president of the V Encuentro.
In 2013 Bishop Cepeda was honored with the “American Bible Society Christian Leadership Award” which is presented to a Christian Church leader that exemplifies great leadership skills.