The Most Reverend José H. Gomez
The Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles since March 1, 2011, was born on December 26, 1951, in Monterrey, Mexico, ordained a priest on August 15, 1978, and a bishop on March 26, 2001.
Prior to his appointment as Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles on April 6, 2010, he had served as Archbishop of San Antonio and as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Denver. As a priest, Archbishop Gomez ministered primarily to lay people in Mexico and Texas. Before entering the seminary, he received a degree in Accounting.
Throughout the years, Archbishop Gomez has distinguished himself as a respected national leader in the United States. He has been involved with several initiatives and organizations, many of which serve the Hispanic community. At the same time, he is an enthusiastic supporter of vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and constantly encourages Catholics of all walks of life to witness the faith in their daily lives.
He currently serves as Episcopal Moderator or member of the Board of Directors of several Catholic organizations in the United States, and at different committees of the Holy See and of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
In the last few years he has appeared a number of times in different lists of notable Hispanics, including Time Magazine’s 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States in 2005.
His Episcopal motto is taken from a scriptural passage of the Letter to the Hebrews: “Let us go forth with confidence to the Throne of Grace” (Heb. 4:16).