June 8, 2018  |  By:   |  Press Releases  |  

–Bishop Trudeau to serve San Pedro Pastoral Region of Archdiocese–

Archbishop José H. Gomez, today at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, ordained Bishop Marc V. Trudeau as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The Ordination Mass was concelebrated by Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishops Edward Wm. Clark, Joseph V. Brennan, David G. O’Connell, Robert E. Barron, Alexander Salazar, and Archbishop Emeritus Cardinal Roger Mahony along with Retired Bishops Thomas J. Curry, Gerald E. Wilkerson and Joseph M. Sartoris. The Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, presented the mandate from the Apostolic See at the Ordination Mass, which was concelebrated by about 300 Los Angeles priests and 22 bishops from throughout the United States.

Thousands of Catholic faithful representing parishes, deacons, orders, seminarians and ministries from throughout the Archdiocese, along with interfaith and civic leaders, attended the Ordination.

In his homily (attached), Archbishop Gomez addressed Bishop-elect Trudeau, “You have given your life to walk with Jesus.  You have been a good priest with a heart for your people, but now our Lord is calling you to go deeper, to go where you have never gone before. Deeper in your friendship with him.  Deeper in your service to the family of God.”

“I pray that you will live with joy and love. Be humble and gentle and patient. In everything you do, show the love and mercy of God to your people. Be Jesus — try to do as he would do — in every situation,” added the Archbishop.

Pope Francis named the new Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles on April 5, 2018. Following his ordination, Auxiliary Bishop Trudeau will serve as the Episcopal Vicar for the San Pedro Pastoral Region.

Bishop Trudeau is a Hollywood-born former dentist who worked at Vons for more than a decade to put himself through school, he graduated twice from USC, and has survived cancer. The USC marching band greeted Bishop Trudeau with a surprise performance after the Ordination Mass on the Cathedral Plaza.

“I am grateful to God for his continual guidance and mercy on me – a kid from Burbank. With this new appointment, I am once again astounded at his sense of humor. It is with profound humility that I take up this ministry,” said Bishop Trudeau. “This local community of faith extending from Long Beach to Santa Maria to the San Gabriel Valley reflects our universal Catholic Church in its beautiful diversity and the conviction to serve the needs of their sisters and brothers. I ask for your prayers as I begin this new ministry in the San Pedro Pastoral Region.”

Bishop Trudeau was ordained to the priesthood in 1991. A native of Los Angeles, he has served as parochial vicar at St. James the Less Parish in La Crescenta from 1991-1995 and St. Philip the Apostle in Pasadena from 1995-2001. Bishop Trudeau was named pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Santa Fe Springs, where he served from 2001-2004. Bishop Trudeau served as priest secretary to Cardinal Roger Mahony from 2004-2010 and pastor of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Parish in Lomita from 2010-2013. He joined the faculty at St. John’s Seminary as Vice Rector and Assistant Director of Pastoral Formation in 2013, and served as Rector of St. John’s Seminary since 2014.

At the Ordination Mass, the bishop made solemn promises to uphold the faith and discharge his duty. He received his pontifical insignia, a bishop’s ring, miter and staff, which were blessed during the Solemn Vespers the evening before the Ordination.  The insignia are outward signs of a bishop’s identity as chief priest. The ring symbolizes his fidelity and bond with the Church, while the miter and staff are signs of his authority.

Following the Mass, the new auxiliary bishop greeted and blessed the faithful in attendance at the Ordination.

For more information on the Ordination and about Auxiliary Bishop Marc Trudeau, visit http://angelusnews.com/BishopElectTrudeau. Media kit is available at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1vsRS14Y0ejcxhow2-3eHqWrMVj4ZbsAD?usp=sharing.

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