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Bishop-elect Albert Bahhuth

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Statement by Bishop-elect Albert Bahhuth || July 18, 2023

Good morning, I am Msgr. Albert Bahhuth.

My heart is overflowing with gratitude to God for what He has done in my life. When I was lost, Jesus, my Good Shepherd, came looking for me and brought me back to His flock, the Church. He nurtured me, fed me at His table of the Word and the Eucharist and helped me to recognize that He was calling me to serve Him as a priest. He gave me the courage to say yes to that vocation. And now, He has called me to the office of Bishop, a successor to the Apostles. Blessed be God, for He has favored me despite my unworthiness.

Words cannot express my gratitude to Pope Francis for entrusting me with such a responsibility. I am blessed to be called a Bishop during this transitional time in the life of the Church, where our Holy Father is calling us to a synodal approach to governing and caring for the people of God, to go out to the peripheries to bring home our brothers and sisters who are searching for the truth and for purpose and meaning to their lives. I promise to fulfill my duties and responsibilities to the best of my abilities while remaining faithful to the guidance of our Holy Father.

I am grateful to Archbishop Gomez for giving me the opportunity to collaborate with him in shepherding the people of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. For guiding and mentoring me when I was the Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General. His prayerfulness, steadfast faith, servant leadership, calmness and patience will help me tremendously in discharging my responsibilities as one of his Auxiliary Bishops. Thank you, Archbishop.

Who I am today will not have been possible without my family. They provided me with a loving home, where the Gospel values were lived daily. They taught me to trust God, to be strong and not afraid to take chances, they supported me while pursuing my hopes and dreams. They were always there for me, and I know they will always be there for me in the future.

When you tell people you want to become a priest, a frequent response is: “Don’t you want to have your own family?” That is true, as a priest, we won’t get to have own family, but God blesses us with many more families. People that love you, pray for you, support you, form you and help you to grow and mature as a missionary disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am talking about the family of my brother priests, the family of my home parish and all the other parishes I served at and that’s seven families, my Archdiocesan (Catholic) Center family, the seminary family. I give thanks and praise to God for each and every one of them. Thank you for accompanying me on my journey. I will always carry you in my heart and keep you in my prayers.

This is a time of gratitude and of giving thanks. Words seem inadequate to express my feelings of appreciation for your love, trust, support and prayers. Please continue sending them my way because I am going to need them now more than ever. I promise you to be a shepherd in the image and likeness of our true Shepherd Jesus Christ for the praise and glory of God.

Thank you and God bless.


Mi corazón rebosa de gratitud a Dios por llamarme al Oficio de Obispo a pesar de mi indignidad. Me bendijo con una familia amorosa y personas maravillosas que me acompañaron en mi viaje y con sus oraciones y apoyo me prepararon para decir Sí a esta gran responsabilidad.

Estoy agradecido al Santo Padre, el Papa Francisco, por confiar en mí para cumplir con los deberes y responsabilidades de este oficio como sucesor de los Apóstoles. Al Arzobispo Gomez por guiarme durante mis años de servicio como Moderador de la Curia y Vicario General y por recomendarme a colaborar con él en el pastoreo de la gente de nuestra Arquidiócesis como su obispo auxiliar.

Las palabras parecen inadecuadas para expresar mis sentimientos de gratitud. Les prometo con la ayuda del Espíritu Santo y con sus oraciones y apoyo ser un pastor a la imagen y semejanza de nuestro Buen Pastor Jesucristo.

Gracias, que Dios los bendiga.

“I wanted to help the poor one day to break that poverty cycle. But when we die, we don’t take anything with us. If I can bring one person to Jesus Christ, then that person will receive eternal life.”

– Msgr. Albert Bahhuth

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