Pope Francis has announced a new bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Stockton. The new bishop comes from the Central Valley.
Sixty-six-year-old Bishop Myron Cotta was born in Merced and served as Auxiliary Bishop in Sacramento.
He takes the place of retired Bishop Stephen Blaire and becomes the 6th Bishop of Stockton.
He called the appointment a humbling experience but at the same time an honor to serve.
Cotta says among his priorities will be the issue of immigration: “Continue as working with the bishops of California and across the United States, continuing to push for that idea of comprehensive immigration which should encompass all of these things, the whole immigration situation.”
Cotta will be installed as Bishop with a service on March 15.
The Stockton Diocese includes San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Tuolumne, and Mono Counties.