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coat of armsstatement on the appointment of Bishop Jaime Soto as Coadjutor Bishop of Sacramento

by Bishop William K. Weigand
Bishop of Sacramento
October 11, 2007

I am grateful and delighted to announce that Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Auxiliary Bishop Jaime Soto, of the Diocese of Orange, as Coadjutor Bishop of Sacramento.  As Bishop Soto prepares to help me to serve the People of God in the Diocese of Sacramento, I extend to him my heartfelt welcome to the Diocese and assure him of the prayers of all our people. I have known Bishop Soto for a number of years and have observed his good work.  It pleases me to know that Bishop Soto will be helping me to shepherd this vast 20-county diocese.  As Coadjutor, Bishop Soto, in due course, will succeed me as Diocesan Bishop.


Bishop Soto, 51 years of age, is a native of Southern California and comes to us with very fine qualifications.  He was ordained a priest in 1982 for the Diocese of Orange.  He completed advanced studies at Columbia University in New York, where he obtained his Masters in Social Work (MSW) in 1986.  In 1986, he was appointed Director of Catholic Charities of Orange and Vicar for Hispanics in 1989. In 1990, Bishop Soto was granted the title Monsignor by Pope John Paul II , who also appointed him Auxiliary Bishop of Orange in 2000, to assist Bishop Tod Brown.  Bishop Soto is well known for his care and concern for people.  I look forward to his serving beside me and with the many other dedicated priests, religious, and lay faithful here in Northern California.


Bishop Soto will begin his ministry in Sacramento and be formally received at a Solemn Mass of welcome on Monday, November 19, at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, at 2:00 p.m.  A Vesper Service will be held  the evening before, and several regional Masses and receptions will be held in the days that follow.


Bishop Soto, welcome to the Diocese of Sacramento.



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