- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The first Filipino-American bishop ordained in the United States has been named the leader of Salt Lake City’s Catholic diocese.

The 63-year-old Bishop Oscar Azarcon Solis was introduced Tuesday, ending the city’s longest period without a bishop.

Solis praised the Utah congregation’s outreach to refugees and collaborative work with other faiths in the majority-Mormon state at a news conference.

He replaces John C. Wester, who was appointed archbishop in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2015.

Solis was born in San Jose City in the Philippines and also served in New Jersey and Louisiana before becoming an auxiliary bishop in Los Angeles.

His official installation is set for March 7.

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