Archbishop José H. Gomez has announced a few changes in Archdiocesan leadership.
After prayer, reflection and consultation, Archbishop Gomez has decided that Most Reverend Marc V. Trudeau, the newest Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, will serve as the Episcopal Vicar for the San Pedro Pastoral Region.
The Episcopal Vicar for the San Pedro region had been Bishop Oscar Solis before he was appointed to serve the Diocese of Salt Lake City in 2017, and since then Msgr. Bernard Leheny had served in this capacity.
Archbishop Gomez has also named Father Brian Nunes as vice chancellor, effective July 1. Father Nunes will continue to serve as the Archbishop’s priest secretary and as senior director of ministerial services, overseeing the Cardinal Manning House of Prayer for Priests, Parish Life Directors, Queen of Angels Center for Priestly Formation, St. John’s Seminary, Vicar for Clergy, Vicar for Women Religious, and Vocations.
Two more changes, also effective July 1, involve the leadership of the Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal. Archbishop Gomez has named Father Reynaldo Matunog the new Judicial Vicar. Having served as a judge on the Tribunal since 2005 and then as Adjutant Judicial Vicar since 2013, Father Matunog will oversee the Tribunal, replacing Father Truc Nguyen. Assisting Father Matunog as the new Adjutant Vicar will be Father Gerardo Galaviz, who has served the Tribunal as Defender of the Bond since 2016.
Archbishop Gomez has also announced the creation of a new senior directorate encompassing both the current Office of Life, Justice and Peace as well as the Office of Immigration Affairs. Kathleen Buckley Domingo has been promoted to Senior Director and will oversee the new combined office. Isaac Cuevas will continue to serve as Associate Director of Immigration Affairs.
Archbishop Gomez joined Bishop Jaime Soto, Bishop of Sacramento and President of the California Catholic Conference (CCC), in announcing that Andrew Rivas has been named Executive Director of the California Catholic Conference. He will assume his position in August, at the end of the legislative session, and replaces Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, who announced his retirement earlier this year.
Finally, with the retirement of Deacon Bob Seidler as Regional Assistant for the San Fernando Pastoral Region, effective July 1 Deacon Chris Amantea becomes the new Regional Assistant, working with Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Brennan.
Archbishop Gomez expresses his great appreciation to all those who had served the Archdiocese so faithfully over the last year, and offers his congratulations to those taking on these new positions of responsibility.
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