About the Archbishop
Most Reverend José H. Gomez is the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest Catholic community. He also serves as 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.
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December 26, 1951
Born in Monterrey, Mexico, the son of Dr. José H. Gomez and Esperanza Velasco, both deceased. He has three older sisters and one younger sister.
August 15, 1978
Ordained a priest of the Opus Dei Prelature by the late Cardinal Franz König, Archbishop Emeritus of Vienna, at the Shrine of Torreciudad, Spain.
Awarded undergraduate degrees in accounting, philosophy and theology.
Awarded doctorate in theology (S.T.D.), University of Navarre, Spain.
Exercised priestly ministry at Our Lady of Grace Parish, Archdiocese of San Antonio, and also at St. Bartholomew Parish in what was then the Diocese of Galveston-Houston.
March 26, 2001
Ordained Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Denver, having been appointed bishop by Pope St. John Paul II. As Auxiliary Bishop, served as Rector of the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception and then as Moderator of the Curia and pastor of Mother of God parish.
February 15, 2005
Installed Archbishop of San Antonio, appointed by Pope St. John Paul II.
April 6, 2010
Appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles by Pope Benedict XVI.
November 12, 2019
Elected President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
March 1, 2011 – Present
Succeeded as Archbishop of Los Angeles.