Spouses renew vows at L.A. cathedral

“We created a small village”

The following comes from a Feb. 11 story in Angelus News. Refugio Alvarado, 79, and Maria de Jesus Alvarado, 77, agree that celebrating 60 years of marriage is wonderful, but they are particularly proud of their 100 living descendants in the form of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “We created a small village,” said Maria, who spoke through a translator. … [Read more...]

Archbishop Gomez reflects on society’s loss of God

Perhaps world has not healed from “spiritual wounds” of World War II

The following comes from a Feb. 6 story by Catholic News Agency. Washington D.C.—  Society and humanity have removed God from daily life, and in doing so lost their purpose and sense of self, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez warned at the Hispanic Innovators of the Faith Lecture at the Catholic University of America. In his speech, Gomez offered wide ranging reflections on … [Read more...]

Pray for me and my brother bishops

Archbishop Gomez writes from Chicago

The following comes from a Jan. 8 letter in the Angelus News. I am writing to you from Chicago, where the bishops of the United States are finishing a weeklong spiritual retreat recommended to us by Pope Francis. The retreat has been led by the preacher of the papal household, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., who is focusing our attention on the vocation and … [Read more...]

LA archdiocese sponsors website recognizing Catholics who perform works of mercy

Life, Justice and Peace Office posts volunteer opportunities to house the homeless, feed the poor, care for foster kids, visit prisoners, help needy pregnant women, and assist the ill and dying

The following is an excerpt of a piece written by Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles: This past weekend, we marked the second annual World Day of the Poor, established by Pope Francis. There are many kinds of poverty, material and spiritual. For some in our community, poverty means loneliness; they need someone to talk to, to make them feel they are worth something to … [Read more...]

Archbishop Gomez: “Holiness wears many faces”

Oct. 14 canonizations include a young layperson, two women religious, two priests, a bishop and a pope

Here in Rome, we are approaching the midpoint of the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, and we are preparing for a special moment in the Church’s life — the canonizations of seven men and women by Pope Francis on October 14.    Even as I write, they are preparing to hang the large tapestries bearing the images of our new saints on the facade of St. … [Read more...]

LA Archbishop Jose Gomez leads parade celebrating city’s 237th birthday

The archbishop celebrated a votive Mass to honor the Patroness of the City of Los Angeles followed by a procession to La Placita Church and a fiesta in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Angels, for whom the City is named

Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrated a votive Mass to honor the Patroness of the City of Los Angeles on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Following the Mass, hundreds representing the city's multicultural communities joined the Archbishop to celebrate the 237th birthday of the City of Los Angeles with a procession to La Placita … [Read more...]

California bishops respond to recent scandals

Bishop Vann and Archbishop Gomez call for purification of Church

Editor’s Note: The following reflection from Bishop Kevin Vann was written and submitted to OC Catholic newspaper on Wednesday, August 15, the feast day of the Assumption of Our Lady.  My dear sisters and brothers in the Lord, It is with the utmost sorrow that I write to you in this time of great scandal and tribulation in our Church. Many people in leadership, particularly … [Read more...]

Two LA bishops selected to represent US at youth synod

Archbishop Jose Gomez and Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron among five US prelates approved by pope

Archbishop José H. Gomez is among the bishops elected by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and ratified by Pope Francis to represent the United States at the upcoming XV Ordinary General Assembly: Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, to take place October 3-28. “It is an honor and privilege to be selected to represent the Church in the United … [Read more...]

Archbishop Jose Gomez named commencement speaker at Catholic University of America

Archbishop of Los Angeles will address the class of 2018 at 129th annual Commencement Ceremony on May 12th

In an announcement Monday, April 16th, the university announced Archbishop of Los Angeles José Gomez as the commencement speaker for this year’s graduation ceremonies. Gomez will address the class of 2018 at Catholic’s 129th annual Commencement Ceremony on May 12th. Gomez, who will receive an honorary fine arts doctoral degree, currently serves as archbishop of the largest … [Read more...]

Archbishop Gomez recognizes ‘first peoples’ in Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Archbishop of Los Angeles signs new protocols acknowledging Native Americans as deserving special recognition and pastoral concern

Archbishop José H. Gomez signed new protocols acknowledging that Native Americans of California, as the First People of the Land, deserve special recognition and pastoral concern. “These protocols that we are signing today are not a treaty or a legal document. They are a promise. A promise that we will work together so that our future will be more hopeful than our past,” said … [Read more...]