Most Rev. Arturo Cepeda, S.T.L., S.T.D.

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, 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.

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, 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 Assumption Seminary, 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, 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 a Doctorate in Sacred Theology (STD), defending his dissertation in Spiritual Theology in 2005.

In April 2011, Pope Benedict XVI named Cepeda 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.

Bishop Cepeda serves as episcopal vicar and regional moderator for the Northwest Region of the archdiocese.  He is also the episcopal liaison to the NFPC.