Most Reverend José H. Gomez is the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest Catholic community. He also serves as Vice 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.

For more than a decade, Archbishop Gomez has been a voice of compassion and reason on moral and spiritual issues in American public life and culture. He has played a leading role in the Catholic Church’s efforts to promote immigration reform and is author of the 2013 book, Immigration and the Next America: Renewing the Soul of Our Nation.

Archbishop Gomez is currently ending a three-year term as Vice President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, a post he assumed in November 2016. He is also currently a papal appointee to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI personally selected him to participate in a month-long “synod” or meeting of the world’s bishops on the “New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.”In 2015, Archbishop Gomez was selected to represent the United States Catholic Bishops at the World Meeting of Families and the Synod of Bishops on “The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and in the Contemporary World.” His brother bishops also selected him to represent them at the 2018 Synod of Bishops on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” 

Archbishop Gomez urges every Catholic, in all walks of life, to assume responsibility for the mission of the Catholic Church. He has worked to promote lay leadership, marriage and the family, and vocations to the priesthood. He has been instrumental in promoting the leadership of Hispanics and women in the Church and in American society, as a founding member of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (C.A.L.L.) and ENDOW (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women).

Archbishop Gomez is a native of Monterrey, Mexico, and a naturalized American citizen. Prior to becoming Archbishop of Los Angeles, he served as Archbishop of San Antonio (2005–2010) and Auxiliary Bishop of Denver (2001–2005).

He holds a doctorate degree in theology (S.T.D.), as well as undergraduate degrees in accounting, philosophy and theology. He speaks and writes often on issues in the Church and American society. Among his other books are: Men of Brave Heart: The Virtue of Courage in the Priestly Life (Our Sunday Visitor, 2009) and A Will to Live: Clear Answers on End of Life Issues (Basilica, 2008).

He has contributed introductions and essays to numerous books, including: 

His writings have been published in the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, The Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, Huffington Post, Vital Speeches of the Day, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, La Opinion, First Things, The New York Post, National Catholic Register, and elsewhere.

Timeline

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.

1975—1978
Awarded undergraduate degrees in accounting, philosophy and theology.

1980
Awarded doctorate in theology (S.T.D.), University of Navarre, Spain.

1987–2000
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.

March 1, 2011
Succeeded as Archbishop of Los Angeles.

Select Memberships and Leadership Roles

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
Vice President 2016–current (Elected as President on November 12, 2019, term begins on November 14, 2019)

  • Committee on Migration
    Chair, 2010–2013
    Member, 2013–current

  • Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church
    Chair, 2008–2010

  • Committee on Doctrine
    Member, 2003–2011

  • Committee on Catechesis
    Member, 2005-2008

  • Committee on Priestly Formation
    Member, 2002–2006

  • Committee on Priestly Life and Ministry
    Member, 2003–2006

  • Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America
    Chair, 2009–2012
    Member, 2012–current

  • Subcommittee on Hispanics and the Liturgy
    Member, 2005–2013

  • Task Force on the Spanish Language Bible for the Church in America, Chair, 2003-present

  • Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs
    Member, 2016-present 

Consultant, Pontifical Commission for Latin America, 2008 – present 

Ex-officio Member, Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)

Member, California Conference Catholic Bishops (CCCB)

Founding Member, Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (C.A.L.L.)

Founding Member, Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women (ENDOW)

Founding Member, Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters

Board Member, Catholic University of America

Board Member, Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN)

Board Member, The Papal Foundation

Board Member, Relevant Radio

Board Member, ESNE

Advisory Board Member, Catholic Leadership Institute

Advisory Board Member, National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors

Advisory Board Member, Instituto Fe y Vida

Ecclesial Advisor, NET Ministries, Inc.

Episcopal Moderator, La Red – National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana

Episcopal Moderator, Asociación Nacional de Sacerdotes Hispanos (ANSH) 

 

Episcopal Motto

Archbishop Gomez’s Episcopal motto is: “Let us go forth with confidence to the throne of Grace,” adopted from the New Testament’s Letter to the Hebrews (4:16). This motto expresses his joyful hope and Christian faith that all men and women may find mercy and salvation through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.