Most Reverend José H. Gomez is the Archbishop of Los Angeles, the nation’s largest Catholic Archdiocese. 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 has served as Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration and is 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 to represent them 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 has contributed introductions and essays to numerous books, including Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Present and Future, ed. Hosffman Ospino; The Love That Made Mother Teresa by David Scott; The Feasts: How the Church Year Forms Us as Catholics, by Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Mike Aquilina; For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada, The Cristero War and Mexico’s Struggle for Religious Freedom by Ruben Quezada; Tweeting With God by Michel Remery; and The Heart of the Diaconate, by Deacon James Keating.
His speeches and writings have been published in the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, 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.
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.