Bishop Solis Biography

Most Reverend Oscar Azarcon Solis, D.D.

10th Bishop, Diocese of Salt Lake City

Installation, March 7, 2017

Personal Information

  • Date of Birth: October 13, 1953
  • Place of Birth: San Jose City, Philippines
  • Parents: Anselmo dela Fuente Solis (deceased) & Antonia Ortega Azarcon (deceased)
  • Sisters: Celia S. Tapia, Ma. Socorro S. Pacubas & Helen Solis (deceased)
  • Brothers: Rev. Ronald A. Solis (Opus Dei), Wilfredo & Eugenio (deceased)

Education

  • Elementary Grades: San Jose Elementary School, San Jose City (1965)
  • High School: Maria Assumpta Seminary, Cabanatuan City (1969)
  • College: Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay City (AB Philosophy 1973)
  • Theology: University of Santo Tomas, Manila (STB 1978, Cum Laude); (Post Graduate Studies - Oriental Religions & Cultures 1979-80)

Ordination to the Sacred Orders: April 28, 1979 in San Jose City, Philippines

Pastoral Assignments

Archdiocese of Manila, Philippines

  • 1979 - 1980: Resident Priest, Holy Family Church
  • Chaplain, Knights of Columbus & Christian Family Movement

Diocese of Cabanatuan, Philippines

  • 1980- 1981: Dean of Students and Professor, Diocesan College Formation
  • 1980- 1984: Chaplain and Professor, Araullo Lyceum University
  • 1981- 1984: Rector, Diocesan High School and College Seminary
  • Also served as Vocation Director, Member of the Diocesan Priests Council, Chaplain of Knights of Columbus

Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, USA

  • 1984 -1988: Associate Pastor, St. Rocco Church, Union Cityâ?¨â?¨

Diocese of Houma - Thibodaux, Louisiana

  • 1993- 1993: Associate Pastor, St. Joseph Co-Cathedral, Thibodaux
  • 1993- 1999: Pastor, Our Lady of Prompt Succor Church, Golden Meadow
  • 1999- 2003:  Pastor, St. Joseph Co-Cathedral & St. Luke Church, Thibodaux
  • Also served as Member of Diocesan Personnel Board, Diocesan Priests Council and Dean, Founding Board
  • Member - Crossroads Pregnancy Center (Thibodaux, LA)

Episcopal Ordination: February 10, 2004

  • Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral, Los Angeles, California
  • Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Los Angeles
  • *First Filipino-American Bishop ordained in the USA.

Archdiocesan Assignments

  • 2004 - 2009: Vicar for Ethnic Ministry
  • 2005 - 2009: Director, Office of Justice and Peace
  • 2009 - present: Regional Bishop of the San Pedro Pastoral Region

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

  • 2006 - 2009: Chairman, Subcommittee on Asian & Pacific Affairs
  • 2006 - present:  Episcopal Moderator, Catholic Network of Volunteer Services
  • 2009 - 2015: Member, Subcommittee on Asian & Pacific Affairs
  • 2011 - present: Episcopal Adviser, National Association of Filipino Priests – USA
  • 2015 - present:  Chairman, Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs
  • Member, Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church