Marc Trudeau
Msgr. Marc V. Trudeau. Courtesy St. John Seminary

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. at 3 a.m. PDT by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, according to a statement from the Los Angeles archdiocese. Trudeau will serve alongside the other five active auxiliary bishops of the archdiocese.

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. inside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to present the newly named bishop.

“Msgr. Marc Trudeau has dedicated his priestly ministry in service of the people of God in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles,” Gomez said before his news conference. “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, the statement said. He has a B.S. in Biological Sciences from USC, where he also attended the school of dentistry from 1981-1985. He was ordained in 1991.

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