Meet the man who will be America's youngest bishop

He will be ordained an auxiliary bishop for Detroit next month.  Details, from the Detroit Free Press:

Arturo Cepeda, 41, who is rector of Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, and has a doctorate in theology, was chosen by Pope Benedict XVI to reach out to metro Detroit’s growing Latino community as one of four auxiliary bishops.

“I am excited about coming to Detroit,” said Bishop-designate Cepeda. “God is the one who does all the work and gives us all the grace we need. All we need to do is say ‘yes,’ just like Mary. That’s my attitude. I will learn much from the church of Detroit.”

Cepeda is to be ordained May 5 along with two other men, Msgr. Donald Hanchon and the Rev. Michael Byrnes, as auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Detroit. They will join Auxiliary Bishop Francis Reiss. Hanchon and Byrnes were chosen last month, also to serve under Archbishop Allen Vigneron, who oversees more than 1.3 million Catholics in metro Detroit.

Vigneron said Monday that Cepeda “is a true son of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I know she will help him to share his gifts with us, so that all of us — from so many diverse cultures — will share our gifts of grace with one another.”

Born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Cepeda came to the U.S. with his family at the age of 19, the archdiocese said in a statement. He was ordained a priest on June 1, 1996, at his home parish of St. Mary Magdalen in San Antonio. He was associate pastor of San Antonio’s San Fernando Cathedral for four years, then attended St. Thomas Aquinas Angelicum Pontifical University in Rome, where he received a doctorate in sacred theology. He was made vice rector of Assumption Seminary in 2009, and then became rector of the seminary in 2010.

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  1. I know why I left. I went through 12 years of that insanity in the Catholic church school system. Many priests and nuns are arrogant and very weird people. If you don’t think that students don’t pick up on that you are wrong. Most clergy, I believe, go into the priesthood and nunhood,(for lack of a better word) just to escape real life in the world. They also have a deep seated need to be looked up to as if they above other people. I have seen this many times. Not to mention that their services are BORING and mundane. I am now Protestant and glad of it. They are all so much more NORMAL. For example marriage for ministers which is NORMAL and NATURAL. They don’t seem to have the sexual hang-ups that the Catholics and their pope have.

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