Sacramento diocese receives new auxiliary bishop

Sacramento diocese receives new auxiliary bishop
Photo credit: Cathy Joyce
Photo credit: Cathy Joyce/Sacramento Bee

The Vatican has appointed Monsignor Myron Cotta to be the auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento. Msgr. Cotta will be replacing Msgr. James Murphy as vicar for clergy, as Msgr. Murphy is retiring January 31. Msgr. Cotta will be ordained as auxiliary bishop on March 25 – the feast of the Annunciation.

Msgr. Cotta grew up on a dairy farm in Merced, CA and has served as a priest for the Diocese of Fresno for 26 years – the last 15 of which he served as vicar general. Bishop Jaime Soto, bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento, said:


“Bishop-elect Cotta is a son of the Central Valley. 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.”

Msgr. Cotta, who speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese, will assist Bishop Soto in serving the 900,000 Catholics in the diocese’s 42,000 square mile jurisdiction.
Read the full story at The Sacramento Bee.