Standing before more than 20 bishops, dozens of priests and more than 2,000 of his “closest friends,” Los Angeles native Msgr. Marc V. Trudeau was ordained as the newest auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles just a few miles down the freeway from where he was born.  

The Episcopal Ordination Mass took place June 7 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and was presided by Archbishop José H. Gomez, who in his homily called Trudeau a “good priest, with a heart for your people.”

“But now our Lord is calling you to go deeper, to go where you have never gone before,” said Archbishop Gomez, referring to the words of Jesus to Simon Peter that Trudeau chose for his episcopal motto: “Put out into deep water.”

“Every bishop is an ordinary worker: ‘A man with a boat,’ like Simon Peter in the Gospel,” Archbishop Gomez said.

“Bishop-elect Trudeau, today Jesus is calling you, just as he called Peter. He is asking for your ‘boat,’ for your faith, your abilities and gifts.”

During the Rite of Episcopal Ordination, Archbishop Gomez was joined by Archbishop Emeritus Cardinal Roger Mahony and retired Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Sartoris — also native Angelenos themselves — whom Msgr. Trudeau chose as co-consecrators. 

As a priest, Msgr. Trudeau served as Cardinal Mahony’s priest secretary for six years. Bishop Sartoris was Msgr. Trudeau’s predecessor as pastor of St. Mary Margaret Alacoque in Lomita before being named auxiliary bishop in 1994.

Archbishop Pierre alluded to his short dental career, saying he hoped he would be a shepherd to all people, including “those in need of a good dentist.”

At the end of the Mass, the newly ordained auxiliary bishop repeated his surprise at the pope’s pick. 

“I’m still thinking the bar was lowered too much,” he said of his appointment.

“I know he likes to go out to the periphery, but he’s never seen Burbank,” he said in a reference to the suburb of Los Angeles where he grew up. 

Before his appointment by Pope Francis, then-Msgr. Trudeau was the rector of St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo.

Speaking to Angelus News, this year’s class of new priests from St. John’s described their rector as a “faithful man of prayer.”

Bishop Marc V. Trudeau was born in 1957 in Los Angeles. His father, Paul, was a Canadian-born naturalized U.S. citizen who had served in the Air Force during the Korean War before getting into the printing business in Southern California. His mother, Belva, is originally from rural Illinois.

He has two sisters and two brothers, including a fraternal twin, Michael, who described him as the more “professional student” of the two.

Throughout his 13 years in high school, university and dental school at USC, he worked at a Vons grocery store in Burbank. It was during the last year of dental school that he recalled feeling the call to the priesthood. He eventually entered St. John’s Seminary and was ordained a priest by Cardinal Mahony in 1991. 

Full story, including Bishop Trudeau’s homily, at Angelus.