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 a papal appointee to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. In November 2016, he will begin serving as Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration, a post he has held previously (2010–2013). 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.”
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 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 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 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: Catholics in the Public Square, 4th ed., by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted (St. Benedict, 2016); The Love That Made Mother Teresa by David Scott (Sophia, 2016); Dorothy Day and the Church: Past, Present and Future, ed. Lance Richey and Adam DeVille (Solidarity Hall, 2015); What Did Jesus Ask: Christian Leaders Reflect on His Questions of Faith, ed. Elizabeth Dias (Time, 2015); Tweeting With God by Michel Remery (Ignatius, 2015); The Heart of the Diaconate, by Deacon James Keating (Paulist, 2015); The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics, by Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina (Image, 2014); For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada, The Cristero War and Mexico’s Struggle for Religious Freedom by Ruben Quezada (Ignatius, 2012); Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Present and Future, ed. Hosffman Ospino (Convivium, 2010).
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.
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.
March 1, 2011
Succeeded as Archbishop of Los Angeles.
Select Memberships and Leadership Roles
Pontifical Commission for Latin America
Consultant, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, 2008
Special Council for America of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops
Member, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, 2010
Pontifical Council for Social Communications
Member, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, 2012
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Vice President
- Committee on Migration
- Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church
- Committee on Doctrine
- Committee on Priestly Formation
- Committee on Priestly Life and Ministry
- Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America
- Subcommittee on Hispanics and the Liturgy
- Task Force on the Spanish Language Bible for the Church in America
Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (C.A.L.L.)
ENDOW (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women)
Episcopal Moderator – Founding Member
Mexicans and Americans Thinking Together (MATT)
Catholic University of America
National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana
National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors
National Association of Hispanic Priests (ANSH)
President, 1995 and Executive Director 1999–2001
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.