Denver, Colo., Dec 28, 2004 / 22:00 pm
The Vatican announced today that the Most Reverend Jose Gomez, the first auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Denver since 1984, will soon be elevated to Archbishop of San Antonio in Texas. Bishop Gomez has served as auxiliary Bishop of Denver since his appointment in 2001. The 53-year-old Monterrey, Mexico native came to Denver from Texas where he served in both Houston and San Antonio for 14 years.
According to the Archdiocese of Denver, “Bishop Gomez has distinguished himself as a respected national leader among Hispanic priests in the United States. In 1991 Bishop Gomez became a regional representative of the National Association of Hispanic Priests, followed by president in 1995 and then executive director from 1999-2001.”
In 2003, Bishop Gomez was awarded the National Association of Hispanic Priest’s “El Buen Pastor” award for his excellence in Hispanic ministry.
He currently sits on numerous committees in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops including the Committee on Hispanic Affairs, Committee on Doctrine and is chair of the Ad-Hoc Committee on the Spanish Language Bible for the Church in America. In addition, Gomez has served as the leader of the Texas region of Opus Dei, a lay movement in the Church and currently serves as moderator of the curia in the Archdiocese of Denver and pastor of a local parish.