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.
Bishop Cepeda had most-recently served as rector of Assumption Seminary in San Antonio. He was born in Mexico and immigrated to the U.S. with his family at age 19. Bishop Cepeda later studied at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Anglicum) where he received a licentiate and doctorate of sacred theology. He was ordained a priest in 1996.
Bishop Cepeda also serves as episcopal vicar and regional moderator for the Northwest Region of the archdiocese.
Born: May 15, 1969 (San Luis Potosí, Mexico)
Ordained Priest: June 1, 1996 (San Antonio)
Appointed Aux. Bishop of Detroit and Titular Bishop of Tagase: April 18, 2011
Ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit: May 5, 2011
Immigration and the Church:
Left, Right or Catholic?
Auxiliary Bishop Arturo Cepeda is interviewed by Mike Stechschulte of The Michigan Catholic about the Church's policies regarding immigration, Aug. 9, 2012.
Read more about this issue and a partial transcript of this interview in The Michigan Catholic.