Pope Francis Thursday named a Hollywood-born former dentist as auxiliary bishop in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest.

The pope named Msgr. Marc V. Trudeau, and the appointment was announced in Washington, D.C., by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, according to the Los Angeles archdiocese. Trudeau will serve alongside the other five active auxiliary bishops of the archdiocese.

“Msgr. Marc Trudeau has dedicated his priestly ministry in service of the people of God in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles,” Archbishop Jose H. Gomez said. “Born and raised and in L.A., he has a zeal for service in our diverse and vibrant communities, sharing God’s loving mercy with those most in need.

“I believe that his dedication to his priestly ministry and to serving others, along with his pastoral approach, will help us in our mission here in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to share the love of God and the message of Jesus Christ of peace, justice and mercy for all peoples.”

Trudeau is a Hollywood-born former dentist who worked at Vons for more than a decade to put himself through school, then graduated from USC and survived cancer, according to the archdiocese. He has a bachelor of science degree biological sciences from USC, where he also attended the school of dentistry from 1981-1985. He was ordained in 1991.

“Born and raised in L.A., I fell blessed to have been able to minister in my home,” Trudeau said. “This local community of faith reflects our universal Catholic Church in its beautiful diversity and the conviction to serve the needs of their sisters and brothers.”

He will be ordained at a June 7 Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles.

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