WASHINGTON (March 22, 2000) -- Pope John Paul II has named Monsignor Jaime Soto, Episcopal Vicar for the
Hispanic Community of Orange, California, as Titular Bishop of Segia and Auxiliary Bishop of Orange.
Bishop-designate Soto is also Episcopal Vicar for Catholic Charities in the Orange diocese.
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment.
Jaime Soto was born in Inglewood, California, on December 31, 1955.
After attending elementary and secondary schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, he entered St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, where he received a Master of Divinity degree in 1982.
He was ordained to the priesthood on June 12, 1982.
Following ordination, Bishop-designate Soto served as associate pastor of St. Joseph's, Santa Ana, attended Columbia University School of Social Work in New York, where he earned an MA, and was Assistant Director of Catholic Charities and Director of its Immigration and Citizenship Services section, from 1986 to 1989.
Msgr. Soto was named Prelate of Honor to His Holiness on March 3, 1989.
He was named Episcopal Vicar for Hispanic Ministry in 1989, and Episcopal Vicar for Catholic Charities in 1999.