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Pope Names Bishop Ochoa of El Paso, Texas to Fresno

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OchoaPope Benedict XVI has named 68-year-old Bishop Armando X. Ochoa of El Paso, Texas, as Bishop of Fresno, California. He succeeds Bishop John Steinbock, who died December 5, 2010. The appointment was publicized in Washington, December 1, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Armando Ochoa was born April 9, 1943, in Oxnard, California. He studied at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California, and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1970. Bishop Ochoa served in several Los Angeles parishes and was associate director of the Spanish-speaking permanent diaconate for the archdiocese. He was named an auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles in 1986, and named bishop of El Paso in 1996.

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Directory of California Bishops

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Archdiocese of Los Angeles:
Archbishop José Gomez, Bishop Edward Clark, Bishop Alexander Salazar, Bishop Oscar Solis, Bishop Gerald Wilkerson

Archdiocese of San Francisco:
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Bishop William Justice, Bishop Robert McElroy

Diocese of Fresno:
Bishop Armando X. Ochoa

Diocese of Monterey:
Bishop Richard Garcia

Diocese of Oakland:
Bishop Michael Barber

Diocese of Orange:
Bishop Kevin W. Vann, Bishop Dominic Luong

Diocese of Sacramento:
Bishop Jaime Soto
Bishop Myron Cotta

Diocese of San Bernardino:
Bishop Gerald Barnes, Bishop Rutilio del Riego

Diocese of San Diego:
Bishop Cirilo Flores, Bishop Emeritus Robert Brom,

Diocese of San Jose:
Bishop Patrick McGrath, Bishop Thomas Daly

Diocese of Santa Rosa:
Bishop Robert Vasa

Diocese of Stockton:
Bishop Stephen Blaire

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Pope Names Bishop Vasa Coadjutor Bishop of Santa Rosa

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WASHINGTON (January 24, 2011) —Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Robert Vasa, until now bishop of Baker, Oregon, as Coadjutor Bishop of Santa Rosa in California.  The appointment as coadjutor bishop confers on Bishop Vasa, 59, the right to succession to Bishop Daniel F. Walsh, current bishop of Santa Rosa. Bishop Walsh is 73.

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