Gov. Rick Perry today met with Archbishop José Gomez, the newly appointed coadjutor archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, to congratulate him on his new appointment by Pope Benedict XVI. Archbishop Gomez will continue in his capacity as Archbishop of San Antonio until May 26.
"It is both a privilege and a blessing for me to have the opportunity to congratulate Archbishop Gomez on his new appointment," Gov. Perry said. "While we will be sad to see him leave San Antonio, where he has faithfully served his archdiocese for so many years, I wish him the best in his new role as coadjutor archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles."
According to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in his new role, Archbishop Gomez will lead more than 4 million Catholics, 530 diocesan priests, 640 religious priests and 1,710 religious sisters. Additionally, as coadjutor archbishop, he will assist Cardinal Mahony in the governance of the diocese and take his place if the cardinal is absent or impeded.
From 1987 to 1999, then-Father Gomez was in residence at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in San Antonio, where he assisted with the parish's pastoral work. During this time, he became a regional representative to the National Association of Hispanic Priests, eventually serving as both president and executive director. In 2008, he was appointed as a consultant to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America. He also serves in various roles for the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops.
While serving as archbishop of San Antonio, Archbishop Gomez created the Catholic Community Foundation for the Roman Catholic Church, and was instrumental in bringing together Hispanic leaders for the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders. He was listed in Time Magazine's 25 Most Influential Hispanics in the U.S. in 2005, and as part of a CNN web special on notable Hispanics celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in 2007.