Under the spiritual leadership of Archbishop José H. Gomez, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is the nation’s largest and most culturally and socially diverse Catholic community, covering nearly 9,000 square miles in 120 cities in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. The nearly 5 million Catholics in Los Angeles come from some 70 countries and every continent. Worship and ministry is carried out here in 42 languages.
Archbishop Gomez is assisted in his pastoral duties by the regional bishops and episcopal vicars serving the five pastoral regions of the Archdiocese and our diverse ethnic communities:
- Auxiliary Bishop Alexander Salazar – Vicar for the Office of Ethnic Ministry
- Auxiliary Bishop Edward Clark – Our Lady of the Angeles Pastoral Region
- Auxiliary Bishop Gerald Wilkerson – San Fernando Region
- Auxiliary Bishop Oscar A. Solis – San Pedro Pastoral Region
- Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry
- Msgr. Michael Jennett – Santa Barbara Region
- Msgr. James J. Loughnane – San Gabriel Region
- Cardinal Roger M. Mahony
- Bishop Joseph M. Sartoris
Catholic life in the Archdiocese is centered in the 287 parishes in the Archdiocese. Most parishes are headed by a Priest Pastor although some are headed by Parish Administrator or a Parish Life Director.
The Archdiocese Catholic Center, located at 3424 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles 90010, has many offices and departments that serve various aspects of Catholic life in Los Angeles, including]:
- Catholic Schools
- Religious Education
- Life, Justice and Peace
- Liturgy and Worship
- Ethnic Ministry
- Family Life
In addition, Archbishop Gomez draws on the advice of several consultative bodies, the Archdiocesan Presbyteral Council and College of Consultors, made up of priests, and the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, which is made up mainly of lay people but also includes representatives of the clergy and Religious.