Bishop Soto says Cotta will be the equivalent of the diocese team captain.
"Think of all the Catholic school teachers, all the volunteers involved in the charitable works, and this is a great team of people who are dedicated to doing the good things that make the gospel possible in California."
-Bishop Jaime Soto
Soto's duties include visiting parishes and performing various ceremonies.
The diocese had not had an auxiliary bishop for the past eight years. Father James Murphy had handled some of the duties of the position, but he is retiring.
Cotta is originally from Dos Palos and has been in the Fresno diocese for the past 15 years.
The Sacramento Diocese serves 900,000 Catholics, 100 parishes, and more than 50 schools from the San Francisco Bay to the Oregon border.
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