The Archdiocese of Los Angeles
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles is the largest Roman Catholic Archdiocese in the United States with approximately 5 million Catholics in the Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties of Southern California. The diocese was established in 1840 and was created an archbishopric in 1936. Archbishop José Horacio Gomez is the fifth Archbishop of Los Angeles. Archbishop Gomez was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles by Pope Benedict XVIon April 6, 2010, and was installed Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on February 27, 2011, upon the retirement of Cardinal Roger Mahony.
The Archdiocese also has six Auxiliary Bishops: Most Revered Edward Clark serving the Our Lady of the Angels Pastoral Region; Most Reverend Thomas Curry serving the Santa Barbara Pastoral Region; Most Reverend Alexander Salazar, Vicar for the Office of Ethnic Ministry; Most Reverend Oscar Solis serving the San Pedro Pastoral Region; Most Reverend Gerald Wilkerson serving the San Fernando Pastoral Region; and Msgr. James Loughnane, episcopal vicar for the San Gabriel Pastoral Region. Bishop Joseph Sartoris is a retired Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese.
There are 287 parishes located in 120 cities throughout the Archdiocese. In all, there are a total of 218 Catholic elementary schools and 50 Catholic high schools with more than 80,000 students.Together they comprise one of the four largest school systems in California in either the public or private sector.The Archdiocese is rich in cultural diversity with Mass celebrated in 42 different languages.The Patrons of the Archdiocese are Our Lady of the Angels, St. Vibiana, St. Patrick and St. Emydius.