Bishop Oscar Cantu
Oscar Cantú was born on December 5, 1966, in Houston, Texas, the son of Ramiro and Maria de Jesus Cantú, natives of small towns near Monterrey, Mexico. He is the fifth of eight children. Cantú attended Holy Name Catholic School and St. Thomas High School in Houston and graduated from the University of Dallas. He received his Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Cantú attended the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome from 1998 to 2002, earning a Licentiate in Sacred Theology and a Doctor of Dogmatic Theology. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Italian, and French. Bishop Cantu has been serving as bishop of the Diocese of San Jose in California since 2018. He served as bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces in New Mexico from 2013 to 2018, and as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio in Texas from 2008 to 2013. When Cantú became a bishop in 2008, he was the youngest bishop in the United States.