Here is some information from the Diocese of Las Cruces
Bishop Cantu, previously Titular of Dardano and Auxiliary of San Antonio, was ordained to the priesthood in 1994 and received Episcopal ordination in 2008. In the National Bishops’ Conference he currently serves on the committees on Catholic Education, International Justice and Peace, and Protection of Children and Young People, as well as the Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs.
Most Rev. Oscar Cantú, S.T.D was born December 5, 1966, in Houston, TX, the son of Ramiro and Maria de Jesus Cantú, natives of small towns near Monterey in Mexico. He is the fifth of eight children, five boys, and three girls. Bishop Cantú is a product of Houston’s Catholic Schools, attending Holy Name Catholic School and St. Thomas High School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dallas, TX.
Cantú’s father immigrated to the United States as a young man. He worked in Chicago where he leaned to be a machinist. Tired of the cold weather and the long distance from his native country, he moved his wife and two children to Houston.
While Mr. Cantú only received a 6th grade education, his life of hard work taught him to place a high value on education. Seven of his eight children attended Catholic schools in Houston at a great financial sacrifice for the family, four of them went on to college, three of them have attained their master s degrees. While still a seminarian, Bishop Cantu worked on a committee made up of diocesan leaders and chaired by Laredo’s Bishop James Tamayo. Its purpose was to develop, promulgate, and promote a plan for Hispanic ministry.
Since his ordination, Bishop Cantú has participated in number of ministries and movements in Houston. He was involved in the Christian Family movement, a national network of parish/neighborhood small groups of Catholics and their families who come together to reinforce their Christian values and are encouraged to reach out to others. He conducted three retreats per year with the youth of the CFM movement in the Galveston‐Houston Archdiocese. Bishop Cantu worked with those preparing for marriage through the Engaged Encounter ministry.
From 2004 to 2007 Bishop Cantú co‐hosted an interfaith radio show in Houston called “Show of Faith.” His co‐costs included a Jewish rabbi and a protestant minister. The program discussed issues from the perspective of their individual faith traditions.
Bishop Cantú has also been involved in The Metropolitan Organization (TMO). Its mission is to publicly address important socia
Bishop Ricardo Ramirez C.S.B. is retiring from leadership of the diocese due to age.