The Diocese of Des Moines
Detroit auxiliary bishop coming for diocesan Encuentro
October 27, 2017
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Detroit Auxiliary Bishop Arturo Cepeda will be in the Des Moines area this weekend as he joins the diocesan Encuentro gathering at St. Francis Parish on Saturday.

A former priest in San Antonio, Texas, he became the youngest bishop in the United States at age 41 when he was named an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Detroit in 2011. 

Bishop Cepeda was born in Mexico and emigrated to the United States with his family when he was 19 years old. He was ordained a priest in 1996 and served as the rector of a seminary, as episcopal vicar and regional moderator for the northwest region of the archdiocese. 

The Encuentro he will be attending is a culmination of many month of discussion and smal-group meetings in parishes across the diocese. The U.S. bishops have asked the Hispanic community two things: How can the Church better serve their community, and how can they serve the Catholic Church?

Feedback will be gathered at the diocesan Encuentro and then carried to a regional Encuentro next year. Eventually, all of the feedback will be taken to the U.S. bishops, who will use the informaiton to formulate a plan for serving the Hispanic community. Save to


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