(Orange, Texas)

January 10, 2013

Houston-born bishop to lead Las Cruces Diocese

Associated Press
The Orange Leader

LAS CRUCES, N.M. — Pope Benedict XVI has appointed a Houston-born bishop as the next bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces.

Bishop Oscar Cantu was introduced Thursday at a press conference in Las Cruces and will replace Bishop Ricardo Ramirez, who is retiring.

The son of Mexican immigrants, Cantu is a product of Houston's Catholic Schools, attending Holy Name Catholic School and St. Thomas High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dallas and a Masters in Divinity and Masters in Theological Studies from the University of St. Thomas in Houston.

In the national bishops' conference he currently serves on the committees on Catholic Education, International Justice and Peace, and Protection of Children and Young People, and on the Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs.