Los Angles Archbishop José Gomez ordained eight new priests on Saturday, Aug. 8 in the first Ordination Mass held outdoors on the plaza of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, in compliance with county public health orders, according to a statement released by the archdiocese.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the event was it was delayed from its original June date, staged outside and limited to 100 people, the statement said.
“This is a unique celebration –the first time we’ve ever celebrated an ordination outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels,” Gomez said during his homily. “The priesthood is so important, not only for the church, but also for the whole world. Every priest is a sign of God’s love, a sign that he is still working in the world, still carrying out his plan of redemption.”