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Los Angles Archbishop José Gomez ordained eight new priests on Saturday, Aug. 8 in the first Ordination Mass  held outdoors on the plaza of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, in compliance with county public health orders. Photo: Courtesy Archdiocese of Los Angeles

LA Archdiocese ordains 8 new priests in outdoor ceremony

Los Angles Archbishop José Gomez ordained eight new priests on Saturday, Aug. 8 in the first Ordination Mass  held outdoors on the plaza of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, in compliance with county public health orders. 

Los Angles Archbishop José Gomez ordained eight new priests on Saturday, Aug. 8 in the first Ordination Mass  held outdoors on the plaza of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, in compliance with county public health orders. ABove: The priests-to-be lay prone in front of the archbishp as a sign of loyalty. Photo: Courtesy Archdiocese of Los AngelesAmid the coronavirus pandemic, the event was it was delayed from its original June date, staged outside and limited to 100 people

Los Angles Archbishop José Gomez ordained eight new priests on Saturday, Aug. 8 in the first Ordination Mass held outdoors on the plaza of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, in compliance with county public health orders.

Los Angles Archbishop José Gomez ordained eight new priests on Saturday, Aug. 8 in the first Ordination Mass held outdoors on the plaza of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, in compliance with county public health orders, according to a statement released by the archdiocese.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the event was it was delayed from its original June date, staged outside and limited to 100 people, the statement said.


“This is a unique celebration –the first time we’ve ever celebrated an ordination outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels,” Gomez said during his homily. “The priesthood is so important, not only for the church, but also for the whole world. Every priest is a sign of God’s love, a sign that he is still working in the world, still carrying out his plan of redemption.

Los Angles Archbishop José Gomez ordained eight new priests on Saturday, Aug. 8 in the first Ordination Mass held outdoors on the plaza of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, in compliance with county public health orders. Photo: Courtesy Archdiocese of Los Angeles
They men were scheduled to celebrate their first Masses as Catholic priests on Sunday, Aug. 9, and will begin parish assignments on Sept. 1, officials said.

“After a months-long delay due to the pandemic, we are overjoyed at the ordination of the eight new priests for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles,” said Rev. Sam Ward, director of the Archdiocese’s Office of Vocations, in the media release. “Like many with graduations and weddings, plans for the Ordination Mass have changed several times. Nonetheless, our eight new priests are very grateful to God that their big day is finally here.”

Information about the new priests, provided by the archdiocese:

Rev. Filiberto Cortez, 43

Hometown: Puebla, Mexico
Home parish: St. Dominic Savio Church, Bellflower
First parish assignment: Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Northridge
Rev. Daniel Garcia, 45

Hometown: Los Angeles
Home parish: St. Paul Church, Los Angeles
Parish assignment: Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, Downey
Rev. Michael Mesa, 31

Hometown: Pomona/Diamond Bar
Home parish: St. Denis Church, Diamond Bar
First parish assignment: Holy Family Church, Glendale
Rev. Jonathan Nestico, 31

Hometown: Santa Clarita
Home parish: St. Clare of Assisi Church, Canyon Country
Parish assignment: St. Charles Borromeo Church, North Hollywood
Rev. Justin Oh, 31

Hometown: Cerritos
Home parish: St. Raphael Korean Catholic Center, Norwalk
Parish assignment: St. Gertrude Church, Bell Gardens

Rev. Thomas Park, 58

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Home parish: St. Joan of Arc Church, West Los Angeles
First parish assignment: St. John Fisher Church, Rancho Palos Verdes
Rev. Manuel Ramos, 47

Hometown: San Pedro, California
Home parish: Holy Trinity Church, San Pedro
First parish assignment: St. Joseph Church, Carpinteria
Rev. Louie Reyes, 35

Hometown: Salinas
Home parish: St. Mark’s UCSB Newman Center, Goleta
Parish assignment: St. Phillip Neri Church, Lynwood

Photo: Courtesy Archdiocese of Los Angeles
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PUBLISHED: August 9, 2020 at 10:42 a.m. | UPDATED: August 10, 2020 at 7:25 a.m.

Source: Dailynews.com

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