XXVIII Conference Speaker
The Most Reverend Oscar Cantú, S.T.D. from the Diocese of Las Cruces, New Mexico will be the keynote speaker for the daylong conference. Bishop Cantú, who is fluent in Spanish, Italian, and French was ordained a priest in the Diocese of Houston on May 21,1994 and has spent most of his priestly career working in parishes throughout the Houston metropolitan area. His involvement in the Christian Family Movement (CFM) was to help reinforce Christian values and encourage members to reach out to others. Bishop Cantú also conducted three retreats per year with the youth of the CFM in the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese. He also worked with those preparing for marriage through the Engaged Encounter ministry. He was a co-host between 2004-2007 of a radio show called
Show of Faith,
an interfaith (including a Jewish Rabbi and a Protestant Minister) radio show that discussed issues from the perspective of their individual faith traditions. Bishop Cantú has also been involved in The Metropolitan Organization (TMO). The mission of TMO is to publicly address important social issues in the community such as fair housing, immigration, and education. He was appointed Titular Bishop of Dardano and Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio on April 10, 2008. He was ordained, Monday, June 2, 2008 at St. Mark the Evangelist Church in San Antonio by Bishop José H. Gomez, S.T.D., Archbishop of San Antonio. On January 10, 2013, Bishop Cantú was appointed as second bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces, NM and installed as bishop on February 28, 2013.
Bishop Cantú in the news! Read letter from Bishop Cantú to Congress here.