Archbishop José Gomez blesses statue of Bishop Alphonse Gallegos

Last July 16, Pope Francis declared Bishop Gallegos “Venerable,” blessing came after Mass at Mary Star of the Sea Church in Oxnard on June 24

It’s been nearly 26 years since Auxiliary Bishop Alphonse Gallegos’ funeral at Sacramento’s Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, but on June 24 he was celebrated in a church filled with parishioners, family members and members of the Order of Augustinian Recollects, the religious order in which Alphonse Gallegos was ordained to the priesthood in 1958. Last July 16, Pope Francis … [Read more...]

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Pope advances sainthood cause for ‘bishop of the barrios’

Alphonse Gallegos was also known for his support for members of lowrider car clubs

The following comes from a July 10 Crux article by Carol Glatz: Pope Francis has advanced the sainthood cause of a U.S. bishop who ministered to California farm workers and the poor. The late Auxiliary Bishop Alphonse Gallegos of Sacramento, California, was known as the “bishop of the barrio” because of his work with the marginalized and the “lowrider bishop” because of his … [Read more...]

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