Pope Benedict XVI, through the Vatican’s Congregation of Bishops, has named Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantú Apostolic Administrator for the Archdiocese of San Antonio. The appointment is effective today as Archbishop José Gomez vacates his seat as Archbishop of San Antonio and assumes his position as coadjutor archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, CA. The announcement was made by Apostolic Nuncio, Pietro Sambi, the Vatican’s ambassador and its liaison to the Catholic Church in the United States. While there are limitations placed on the apostolic administrator by church law, Bishop Cantú will generally have the same authority and responsibilities as an archbishop. Cantú will hold this office on an interim basis, until the new archbishop is named by the Pope, which could take six to twelve months.
Upon learning of his appointment, Bishop Cantú said, “I thank the Congregation for Bishops for the confidence they have placed in me to serve as caretaker of the ministry and mission of the Church of the Archdiocese of San Antonio. I pledge to ensure that the services to our parishes and the ministry of the Church will continue uninterrupted and that I will carry on the good work of Archbishops Gomez and Flores. I ask that you join me in prayer that a new archbishop will be named soon.”
Bishop Cantú was ordained auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio on June 2, 2008 at St. Mark the Evangelist Church, San Antonio by Archbishop Gomez. He has overseen the Office of Catholic Schools and the Office of Youth Ministry, and The Office of Education and Adult Formation, while working closely with pastors and parishes in a variety of roles, and assisting Archbishop Gomez in carrying out his many official and pastoral duties. He also served as pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in San Antonio.
Bishop Cantú, a Houston native, was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Houston‐Galveston in May of 1994. He served in a number of parishes in the Houston Metropolitan area. He also taught at the University of St. Thomas School of Theology and the University of St. Thomas at St. Mary’s Seminary.