Cathy Joyce / Special to The Bee

Monsignor Myron Cotta was named auxiliary bishop of the Sacramento Diocese. He grew up on a farm in Merced County and has served as a priest in the Fresno Diocese for 26 years.

No ticket? Other ways to view ordination of Sacramento’s auxiliary bishop

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014 - 8:33 am
Last Modified: Tuesday, Mar. 25, 2014 - 8:39 am

Roman Catholics can view the ordination of auxiliary Bishop-designate Myron J. Cotta Tuesday on television and at select viewing sites.

In January, Pope Francis appointed Cotta of Fresno as second-in-command to Bishop Jaime Soto of the sprawling Sacramento Catholic Diocese.

Cotta will officially be ordained auxiliary bishop -- or vicar general – during the Tuesday afternoon Mass at the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Attendance at the Mass is by ticket only due to limited seating.

Otherwise, parishioners can view the 2 p.m. ordination on television in the Sacramento area on Comcast and Surewest Cable, Channel 18, and on AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 in Sacramento County.

The broadcast can also be seen on the internet at by selecting Channel 18.

The diocese also has a half dozen spots where people can watch the live video feed. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday on a first come, first seated basis:

•  Diocesan Pastoral Center, 2110 Broadway, Sacramento

•  Holy Spirit Parish, 1050 N. Texas St., Fairfield

•  Our Divine Savior Parish, 566 E. Lassen Ave., Chico

•  Our Lady of Mercy Parish, 2600 Shasta View Drive, Redding

•  Holy Family Parish, 1051 N. Davis Ave., Weed

•  Assumption Parish, 10930 Alder Drive, Truckee

Cotta, 60, served as a priest in the Fresno Diocese for 26 years, the last 15 as vicar general. Cotta replaces Monsignor James Murphy, who is retiring Jan. 31, as vicar general of the Sacramento Diocese. Murphy has spent 45 years at the diocese, the last five as vicar general.

In the Fresno area, viewers can watch the ordination Mass on cable channel 49, KNXT-TV.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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