Skip to comments.Vatican: Archbishop Gomez appointed to Archdiocese of LA
Posted on 04/06/2010 11:03:40 PM PDT by Salvation
This morning the Holy Father appointed current San Antonio Archbishop Jose H. Gomez as Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles, California, the largest diocese in the United States. The prelate will serve alongside current Cardinal Roger Mahony, and will take over his position when he retires.
Archbishop Gomez was born in 1951 in Monterrey, Mexico to Dr. José H. Gomez and Esperanza Velasco, both who are now deceased.
The prelate earned bachelor's degrees in accounting, philosophy and theology and was ordained an Opus Dei priest in 1978. In 1980, he obtained a doctorate in theology from the University of Navarre's Pamplona, Spain campus.
From 1987 to 1999, then-Father Gomez was in residence at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in San Antonio where he assisted with the parish's pastoral work. It was during this time that he became a regional representative to the National Association of Hispanic Priests (ANSH). In 1995 he was named president, then took on the role of executive director in 1999.
Archbishop Gomez played a central role in establishing the Hispanic Seminary of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City which opened in 2000.
Then in 2001, he was ordained an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Denver, where he served in several areas, including outreach to the Hispanic community. He also organized the establishment of Denvers Centro San Juan Diego for Family and Pastoral Care, a place for formation of lay leaders and a base to provide welcoming services to immigrants.
In 2005, the year he was appointed Archbishop of San Antonio, he was named one of Time Magazines 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States, and in 2007 he was on a CNNs list of Notable Hispanics in a web special celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.
While the Archbishop of San Antonio, Most Rev. Gomez created the The Catholic Community Foundation for the Roman Catholic Church of the archdiocese and was key in bringing together Hispanic leaders for the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL).
Archbishop Gomez was also appointed in 2008 as a consultant to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. He also serves in various roles for the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops including: chair of the task force on the Spanish Language Bible for the Church in America, chair of the Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church, member of the Committee on Doctrine, and member of the Subcommittee on Hispanics and the Liturgy.
According to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in his new role, Archbishop Gomez will lead 4,329,267 Catholics (as of 2005), 530 diocesan priests, 640 religious priests, and 1,710 religious sisters.
**In 2005, the year he was appointed Archbishop of San Antonio, he was named one of Time Magazines 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States, and in 2007 he was on a CNNs list of Notable Hispanics in a web special celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.**
It will be interesting to see Time Mag’s and CNN’s current take on Archbishop Gomez as Archbishop of Los Angeles.
My hope is that he sticks to Catholic orthodoxy and that he communicate to the archdiocese the essential Catholic teaching of salvation as required a shepherd of the Church.
We’ll hear crickets?
Still, I wish Mexicans would fix the problems that are forcing their population to flee. I’m not assuming it will be easy. If the problem is too big, ask for assistance. Perhaps I’m not seeing the tremendous complexity here, but don’t move the problem...fix it.
I’m not disrespecting Archbishop Gomez in my missive. It seems a bit like “paving the way”, though.
According from personal testimony for sockmonkey from San Antonio, Archbishop Gomez works quietly and a problem gets fixed before anyone even knows it!
That will be a “Wow!” for Los Angeles.
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They will give him a pass until he touches some on some of their favorite topics.
I’m not so sure. The LAT is already belittlying Opus Dei.
Maybe you are right. They tolerated Mahoney because he is “one of them,”