Most Reverend José H. Gomez is the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest Catholic community. He also serves as Vice President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. In his ministry, Archbishop Gomez encourages people to follow Jesus Christ with joy and simplicity of life, seeking to serve God and their neighbors in their ordinary daily activities.
For more than a decade, Archbishop Gomez has been a voice of compassion and reason on moral and spiritual issues in American public life and culture. He has played a leading role in the Catholic Church’s efforts to promote immigration reform and is author of the 2013 book, Immigration and the Next America: Renewing the Soul of Our Nation.
Archbishop Gomez is currently serving a three-year term as Vice President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, a post he assumed in November 2016. He is also currently a papal appointee to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI personally selected him to participate in a month-long “synod” or meeting of the world’s bishops on the “New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.” In 2015, Archbishop Gomez was selected to represent the United States Catholic Bishops at the World Meeting of Families and the Synod of Bishops on “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World.”
Archbishop Gomez urges every Catholic, in all walks of life, to assume responsibility for the mission of the Catholic Church. He has worked to promote marriage and the family and vocations to the priesthood. He has been instrumental in promoting the leadership of Hispanics and women in the Church and in American society, as a founding member of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders and ENDOW (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women).
Archbishop Gomez is a native of Monterrey, Mexico, and a naturalized American citizen. Prior to becoming Archbishop of Los Angeles, he served as Archbishop of San Antonio (2005–2010) and Auxiliary Bishop of Denver (2001–2005).
He holds a doctorate degree in theology (S.T.D.), as well as undergraduate degrees in accounting, philosophy, and theology. He speaks and writes often on issues in the Church and American society. Among his books are: Men of Brave Heart: The Virtue of Courage in the Priestly Life (Our Sunday Visitor, 2009) and A Will to Live: Clear Answers on End of Life Issues (Basilica, 2008).
Archbishop Gomez’s Episcopal motto is: “Let us go forth with confidence to the throne of Grace,” adopted from the New Testament’s Letter to the Hebrews (4:16). This motto expresses his joyful hope and Christian faith that all men and women may find mercy and salvation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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I enjoyed interacting with the Bishops and Priests that were on the trip with us — wonderful discussions and spiritual guidance! This was a truly amazing trip, and a wonderful spiritual journey. The leaders were terrific, the group was wonderful and my wife and I came back marveling at how spirit filled the whole experience was.
I thoroughly enjoyed myself on this Pilgrimage. Having Archbishop Gomez and the seminarians I see regularly at COLA only made it that much more special! Also, I made several new friends from other parishes.