A Los Angeles auxiliary bishop was appointed by Pope Francis Tuesday as bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, making him the first Filipino-American bishop to lead a U.S. diocese.

“It’s a beautiful thing to receive the appointment,” Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Solis said. “It’s a recognition of the diversity of the church in America and the universality of the church. I understand what it means to be a pastor, a shepherd of a particular diocese. It is a tremendous blessing and a responsibility and a privilege to be of service to the local church in the United States of America, coming from the Philippines.”

Pope Francis.

Solis has been serving as auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ San Pedro Region. The archdiocese has the largest Filipino Catholic population in the country.

Solis previously served as vicar for ethnic ministry and director of the Office of Justice and Peace.

“He is a fine priest and a good bishop and I am going to miss him,” Archbishop Jose Gomez said. “I have relied on his good advice and pastoral judgment, and I am inspired by his love and dedication to the people of the San Pedro Pastoral Region and the whole family of god  here in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. We are all going to miss him greatly.”

–City News Service 

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