Auxiliary Bishops of Los Angeles
The Archbishop is supported by five Auxiliary Bishops to assist with the pastoral and administrative needs of the five pastoral regions of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Bishop Marc V. Trudeau, D.D., V.G.
Bishop Marc Vincent Trudeau was ordained to the priesthood at St. Vibiana’s Cathedral in 1991. Bishop-elect Trudeau served as parroquial vicar at St. James the Less in La Crescenta and at St. Philip the Apostle in Pasadena where he also served as administrator for a year. He was appointed pastor of St. Pius X in Santa Fe Springs in 2001 after which he moved to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to work as Cardinal Roger Mahony’s priest secretary.
In 2007, he was named Chaplain to His Holiness by Pope Benedict. Msgr. Marc was appointed pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Lomita in 2010. In 2013, he moved to St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo as Vice Rector and was named Rector in 2014.
He was named Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on April 5th, 2018 and was ordained on June 7th, 2018 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, when Archbishop Gomez appointed him as Episcopal Vicar for the San Pedro Pastoral Region.
Bishop Albert M. Bahhuth
Bishop Bahhuth was born in Beirut, Lebanon, but immigrated to the U.S. at 20 to study chemical engineering at the University of Missouri. After receiving a Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi, he taught chemical engineering at the University of Wyoming before moving in 1984 to Los Angeles, where he sought out other business opportunities including the purchase of two franchise ventures. During these years Bishop Bahhuth’s faith grew in strength and devotion.
He entered St. John’s Seminary in 1991 as he discerned the call to the priesthood. He was ordained in 1996 and served in several parishes in the Archdiocese, including St. Finbar in Burbank (2002-2013) and St. Kateri Tekakwitha in Santa Clarita (2013-2015). He was named Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia by Archbishop Gomez in 2015, a post in which he served until 2020. He has served as Pastor at Holy Family since 2021.
Bishop Matthew G. Elshoff, OFM Cap.
Bishop Elshoff was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but grew up in the Los Angeles area, attending St. Bede the Venerable Church and school in La Cañada Flintridge as a child. After graduating St. Francis High School, also in La Cañada Flintridge, he entered the Capuchin Franciscan Order in 1973 and was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Timothy Manning in 1982.
As a Capuchin, he served as Vice Master of Novices, and was soon elected for leadership as a Definitor from 1999 to 2005 and then as local Provincial from 2008 to 2014. Within the Archdiocese, he has served as Chaplain, then President of his beloved St. Francis High School. He has also served as Pastor of Old Mission Santa Ines in Solvang, and most recently as Pastor in 2018 at St. Lawrence Brindisi in Los Angeles.
Bishop Brian A. Nunes
Bishop Nunes was born in Inglewood, California, the oldest of four children born to immigrant parents from Hong Kong. He attended elementary school at St. Joseph School in Placentia and Servite High School in Anaheim before earning a bachelor’s degree in communications from Loyola Marymount University in 1986. He then worked in print journalism for a number of years, including 12 years at Business Wire. Discovering a deeper calling, he entered St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo in 2002 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2008.
As a priest, Bishop Nunes served at Mary Star of the Sea Church in San Pedro, as well as St. Gregory the Great Church in Whittier, before going on to serve as Priest Secretary for Archbishop Gomez from 2015 to 2019. In 2020 he succeeded Bishop Bahhuth as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia.
Bishop Slawomir Szkredka
Bishop Szkredka was born in the town of Czechowice-Dziedzice in southern Poland, less than 50 miles from St. Pope John Paul II’s hometown of Wadowice. He began his studies for the priesthood at Kraków’s Metropolitan Seminary and continued at SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake, Michigan. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2002.
Following his ordination, Szkredka served as Parochial Vicar at St. Genevieve Church in Panorama City and at St. John the Baptist Church in Baldwin Park, before beginning graduate studies at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome in 2008. He returned to the Los Angeles Archdiocese to serve as a professor and formator at St. John’s Seminary in 2015 and earned his doctorate in Sacred Scripture in 2017.
Bishop Alejandro D. Aclan, D.D., V.G.
Born in the Philippines, Bishop Alejandro “Alex” Aclan was ordained a priest in 1993. With a fluid ability to speak English, Filipino and Spanish, Bishop Aclan spent time from the mid-1990s as an associate pastor at St. Finbar in Burbank and St. John of God in Norwalk before accepting an assignment in 2001 as the pastor at St. Madeleine in Pomona.
From 2014 through 2018, he was the Vicar for Clergy to promote the continuing formation of spiritual and physical well-being for all priests and deacons. In 2017, Bishop Aclan was formally elevated to “Prelate of Honor,” or monsignor. Archbishop Gomez appointed him as Episcopal Vicar for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on May 16, 2019 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
The following have previously served as Bishops of Los Angeles in the past, but have reached the retirement age of 75 years.
Bishop Edward Wm. Clark, S.T.D., V.G.
Bishop Edward Wm. Clark was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in Minnesota, Idaho and California (Orange County). He attended local schools in Los Angeles and graduated from St. John’s Seminary College in 1968.
Bishop Clark was ordained for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1972 and served as an associate pastor at Saint James Parish in Redondo Beach and Saint Joseph Parish in Pomona. He received a Masters Degree in Religion from Saint John’s Seminary in 1972 and a Masters Degree in Education from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles in 1983.
Appointed as Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles in January 2001, Bishop Clark was ordained by Cardinal Roger Mahony to the Episcopacy in March 2001. Bishop Clark reached the retirement age of 75 years in 2021 and retired on March 1, 2022.
Bishop Thomas J. Curry, D.D., Ph.D., V.G.
(1994 – 2018) Bishop Thomas Curry was born in Ireland and attended All Hallows Seminary in Dublin, where he was ordained in 1967 for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. During his first 27 years of ministry in the Archdiocese, he served as an Associate Pastor, then as a high school teacher, subsequently as the Archdiocese’s first Vicar for Clergy, and later as Secretariat Director for Church Ministerial Services. On February 8, 1994, he was appointed Titular Bishop of Ceanannus Mor and Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles. On March 19, 1994 Cardinal Mahony ordained him Bishop and on April 3, 1994 appointed him Episcopal Vicar for the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region, where he served until 2015. After serving the Archdiocese for more than 50 years, Bishop Curry reached the retirement age of 75 years in 2018 and retired on April 3, 2018.
Bishop Gerald E. Wilkerson, D.D.
Bishop Gerald Eugene Wilkerson was the Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the San Fernando Pastoral Region, one of the five Pastoral Regions in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop in 1998. Ordained a Priest in 1965, he has been serving the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for over fifty years. He currently serves as President for the Executive Committee for the California Catholic Conference.
Bishop Gerald Wilkerson was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. He attended St. John’s Seminary and was ordained in 1965 by Cardinal James Francis McIntyre. He served in the archdiocese as associate pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe, La Habra; St. Michael, Los Angeles and American Martyrs, Manhattan Beach, and for 15 years at Our Lady of Grace Church, Encino as administrator and then pastor.
Having reached the retirement age for Bishops of 75 years of age, on July 21, 2015, Pope Francis accepted the retirement of Bishop Wilkerson. Archbishop Gomez thanked Bishop Wilkerson for his service to the Archdiocese stating that he “has fulfilled his ministry with zeal and dedication, and we are very grateful for the many things he has done for the people of God in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.”
Bishop Joseph M. Sartoris, D.D.
Bishop Joseph Sartoris was ordained in 1953, he served as an associate pastor before becoming assistant principal at Bishop Conaty High School. He was in Catholic education for several years, and then served in further parishes as associate pastor. He became the Administrator Pro Tempore at Dolores Mission and the Administrator at Nativity Parish in Los Angeles before assuming his first pastorate at St. Madeleine Parish in Pomona.
In 1978 he was named pastor of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Lomita where he served until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop in early 1994. His 16 years in Lomita were extraordinary ones as he helped develop a variety of pastoral ministries, lay involvement, and a keen sense of the Second Vatican Council. Ordained Auxiliary Bishop on the Feast of St. Joseph in 1994, he became the Regional Bishop for the San Pedro Pastoral Region, where he has served for over eight years with zeal, dedication, and a great love for all the peoples of the Region.
On July 1, 2002, Bishop Sartoris reached the retirement age of 75 years. On December 31, 2002, Pope John Paul II accepted the retirement of Bishop Sartoris.