Msgr. Myron Cotta named Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento; Will take up post following consecration on March 25

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kevin Eckery Friday, January 24, 2014 916-443-2528

SACRAMENTO – The Vatican Press Office today announced that His Holiness Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Myron Cotta, a priest from the Diocese of Fresno, as auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of Sacramento. He will take up his appointment on March 25, following his consecration as Bishop in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento.

“I am grateful to His Holiness for giving me a faithful disciple of the Lord Jesus as an able co-worker in this favored part of His vineyard,” said the Most Rev. Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento.

“Bishop-Elect Cotta is a son of the Central Valley,” said Soto. “He knows our people, he knows our land and mountains, but, most of all, he knows the Lord Jesus and is eager to share the Lord’s wisdom and charity with others.”

Soto’s comments came during a news conference this morning with Bishop-Elect Cotta held at Sacred Heart School in East Sacramento.

Cotta, 60, grew up on a dairy farm in the Merced County community of Dos Palos, the grandson of Portuguese immigrants from the Azores island of Terceira. He attended both Catholic and public schools, including West Hills Community College in Coalinga, before entering St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo (Ventura County) and being ordained to the priesthood in 1987.

“I am humbled by the faith the Holy Father and the Papal Nuncio in Washington have placed in me,” said Cotta. “And as I prepare to leave the Diocese of Fresno, I thank God for the call to the Episcopacy and for the many blessings I have experienced in over 26 years of ordained priesthood among God’s people.”

Cotta has served as a priest in the Diocese of Fresno for 26 years. For the past 15 years, he has been Vicar General in the Fresno diocese, making him the 2nd highest official there, after the bishop. In addition to his duties as Auxiliary Bishop, Cotta will also serve as Vicar General for the Diocese of Sacramento.

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Holy Father Appoints Msgr. Myron Cotta Contact: Kevin Eckery, 916-443-2528

Cotta speaks English, Portuguese and Spanish.

The Diocese of Sacramento serves over 900,000 Catholics in 20 counties covering 42,000 square miles of Northern California from San Francisco Bay to Sacramento and the Oregon border. It includes more than 100 parishes, 53 elementary and secondary schools, and various social service and family support organizations throughout the region. The diocese also operates St. Mary’s Cemetery in Sacramento and Calvary Cemetery in Citrus Heights, plus other community and parish cemeteries throughout Northern California.