He was born in Mexico and began humbly in the San Antonio Archdiocese, struggling to learn English after being accepted.
And now 20 years later, Arturo Cepeda, will become the youngest Catholic bishop in the United States.
Father David Garcia, then the vocations director at the San Antonio archdiocese, accepted Cepeda into the archdiocese when Cepeda's family had just moved there from Mexico, where he had attended a high school seminary and shown interest in the priesthood
“I told him that, first, you're going to have to learn a bit of English and had him go out to study,” Garcia told MySanAntonio.com. “He had a support group and I remember at first he was very frustrated about English. But he got it down. He is very smart."
Cepeda, now the rector at Assumption Seminary in Texas, will become the Auxiliary Bishop for Detroit.
“I am excited about coming to Detroit,” said Cepeda in a written statement. “God is the One who does all the work and gives us all the grace we need. All we need to do is say ‘yes,' just like Mary. That's my attitude. I will learn much from the Church of Detroit.”
Cepeda, 41, will become the youngest bishop in the U.S., a distinction currently held by San Antonio's Oscar Cantu, 44, according to KSAT.com.
He will be ordained on May 5th. Southwest Detroit has a large Mexican American and Hispanic population.
Cepeda will serve under Archbishop Allen Vigneron, who oversees more than 1.3 million Catholics in metro Detroit. Cepeda will give "particular attention to that portion of our family which is Hispanic," Vigneron said, according to the Detroit Free Press.
"He is a true son of Our Lady of Guadalupe," Vigneron added. "I know she will help him to share his gifts with us, so that all of us – from so many diverse cultures – will share our gifts of grace with one another."