Bishop Alberto Rojas succeeded Bishop Gerald R. Barnes Monday because the bishop of San Bernardino, California.
The Holy See press workplace announced Dec. 28 that Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of Barnes, who turned 75 on June 22.
The transfer paved the best way for the succession of Rojas, who was appointed coadjutor bishop of the diocese on Dec 2, 2019. The 55-year-old Mexican-born bishop will now take cost of the fast-growing diocese, which was established in 1978 and serves greater than 1.7 million Catholics.
Barnes, who has led the diocese for 25 years, introduced in August 2019 his intention to retire on the age of 75, when diocesan bishops are required by canon legislation to submit their resignations to the pope.
Following the appointment of a coadjutor bishop, Barnes mentioned that “the following 12 months will probably be a yr not like some other in latest reminiscence in our diocese. It is going to be a time of ending, of recent beginnings and, for me, a time of transition.”
Barnes was appointed as an auxiliary bishop of San Bernardino in 1992. In 1995, he was made odd bishop. The San Bernardino Solar described him in December 2019 because the longest-serving bishop at a U.S. diocese.
Rojas was born on Jan. 5, 1965, in El Zapote de la Labor within the state of Aguascalientes in central Mexico. On the age of 15, he started his coaching for the priesthood at Santa Maria de Guadalupe seminary in Aguascalientes.
He accomplished his seminary formation on the College of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein, Illinois, and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago by Cardinal Francis George on Might 24, 1997.
Rojas was ordained as auxiliary bishop of Chicago on Aug. 10, 2011, turning into the one man to be ordained each a priest and bishop by the cardinal, in line with his biography on San Bernardino diocese’s web site. His episcopal motto is “Nos basta el amor de Dios” (God’s love is all we’d like).
Rojas served as George’s Liaison to Hispanic Catholics and the Archbishop’s Delegate to the Consejo Pastoral Arquidiocesano Hispano-Americano. He additionally labored as a non secular assessor for the Nationwide Catholic Affiliation of Diocesan Administrators for Hispanic Ministry.
San Bernardino has one of many highest concentrations of Hispanics in California. In response to the United States Census Bureau, 54.4% of the county’s 2.2 million inhabitants is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Upon his appointment as coadjutor in San Bernardino, Rojas mentioned: “Turning into a bishop has been a robust, humbling, and studying expertise as a result of I by no means thought I’d be one. Nonetheless, in serving the individuals of God together with my brother clergymen, non secular sisters, parish leaders, different auxiliary bishops, Cardinals, lay ecclesial actions and lay individuals normally, I’ve change into extra conscious of who we’re as Catholic Church.”
“There’s a magnificence and a problem in turning into a part of the Church Jesus Christ based as soon as we perceive the aim of His mission which is the salvation of souls. However we additionally know Jesus is in cost, He’s with us, and has given us the Holy Spirit to steer our steps alongside the best way.”