Mons. Enrique Sánchez Martínez has been appointed as the Bishop of the Diocese of Mexicali, transferring from the Diocese of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. Sánchez Martínez was born on December 2, 1960, in Cuencamé, within the Diocese of Gómez Palacio. After completing his ecclesiastical studies at Durango Seminary, he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome.
Sanchez Martinez will replace Jose Isidro Guerrero Macias, who passed away more than a year ago.
“I received notification of my appointment as bishop of Mexicali. Let us continue praying to remain a united diocese and be able to walk together,” said Sanchez Martinez in a video.
He was ordained a priest on June 29, 1986, for the Archdiocese of Durango and has since held various positions: Bursar and Professor of the Major Seminary; in charge of Diocesan Social Pastoral; Chaplain of the Sisters Daughters of the Sacred Heart; Parish Priest and Pastoral Vicar.
The Diocese of Mexicali covers a significant portion of the northwest of the State of Baja California and a small part of the northwest of the State of Sonora. Its northern boundary is the International Mexico-United States of North America line, which corresponds to the Diocese of San Diego, California, and Tucson, Arizona. To the south, it borders the 28th parallel (the state border with Baja California Sur), belonging to the Apostolic Vicariate of La Paz. To the east, it shares boundaries with the Archdiocese of Hermosillo and the Dioceses of CD. Obregón, and to the west, with the Diocese of Tijuana.