Three new auxiliary bishops ordained for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

John Rueda | Catholic News Service/The Tidings

LOS ANGELES -- Three new auxiliary bishops have been ordained to help shepherd the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the largest in the United States.

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, together with Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich and retired Auxiliary Bishop Joseph M. Sartoris of Los Angeles, ordained Bishops Robert E. Barron, Joseph V. Brennan and David G. O'Connell to the episcopacy Sept. 8 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States, presented the mandates from the Apostolic See. More than 500 Los Angeles and Chicago priests and 45 bishops from throughout the United States -- including Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, retired archbishop of Los Angeles -- concelebrated the Mass.

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God anointed the three men to be "successors of the Apostles and pastors of souls -- to teach, sanctify and nourish the family of God," the archbishop said.

He encouraged the new bishops to never forget where they come from and to never think that being a bishop makes them better or above anyone else. Being a bishop is a privilege of service, the archbishop said.

People come to bishops seeking friends, brothers and fathers. But above all, they come seeking the "face of God."

"Mercy is the face of God," the archbishop said. "So mercy must be the way of your ministry as bishops."

"It is a wonderful time to be ordained auxiliary bishop as we plan for the Holy Year of Mercy," Bishop O'Connell said.

"I hope we can all make this mission of showing the compassionate face of Jesus to the world. It has always been a privilege to minister here in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but most especially in these days. I look forward to great years ahead."

"I am humbled by this appointment and blessed to be able to continue to serve in such a beautiful community of faith," said Bishop Brennan, who was ordained to the priesthood in 1980.

"I am filled with gratitude to Pope Francis and to Archbishop Gomez for the confidence they have placed in me," Bishop Barron said.

"I am also very excited at the prospect of serving the good people of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and working with the priests and pastoral ministers who serve here."

Bishop Barron is the founder of Word on Fire, a global media ministry that has been spreading the message of the new evangelization since 2000.

"I see my fundamental role as proclaiming Jesus Christ, risen Lord and fulfillment of the deepest desires of the human heart," Bishop Barron said. "And I invoke the help of Our Lady of the Angels as I commence my ministry."

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