Bishop to Leave Diocese of El Paso
POSTED: Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 5:50pm
UPDATED: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 3:28pm
EL PASO - After 15 years in our community, Bishop Armando Ochoa announced today that he is leaving the Catholic Diocese of El Paso.
Bishop Ochoa will be moving to back to his home state to serve the Diocese of Fresno in California.
Parishioners came to the announcement to show their support for Bishop Ochoa.
He expressed gratitude to the community and spoke of challenges to come.
"It's really with a sad heart that I take this new responsibility. This has been my home and more than just a home it's been my family for the last 15 years," Bishop Ochoa said.
"He's done a lot of projects for the youth, I think the youth has been more involved in the Catholic Church and I believe that's our strong point, we have to have the youth coming. We do have more of the elderly crowd, more professionals also," Ibrahim Briones said.
Bishop Ochoa will still be in El Paso throughout the holidays and probably won't leave until February.
There is still no word who his successor will be, however, it can take several months to replace a bishop.