LMU to Recognize Los Angeles Archbishop Gomez with Honorary Degree
The Most Rev. José H. Gomez, archbishop of Los Angeles, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Loyola Marymount University in recognition of his dedication to social justice and the future of Catholic education at 7 p.m. January. 30, in the university's Ahmanson Auditorium.
Archbishop Gomez, who oversees the nation's largest Catholic archdiocese and serves as vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be honored for his commitment to public service and for exemplifying LMU's highest values. He plays a leading role in the Catholic Church's efforts to promote immigration reform, and advocates for the leadership of Hispanics and women in the church as a founding member of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders.
"Archbishop Gomez is a champion of human rights, social justice, and Catholic education. He espouses love and upholds the dignity of society's most vulnerable citizens," said LMU President Timothy Law Snyder, PhD. "His heart knows no borders and his transformative leadership impacts the Catholic community of Los Angeles and beyond. We are privileged to bestow LMU's highest honor upon this courageous and compassionate man of God."
Following the degree conferral, the archbishop will offer reflections on the challenges and opportunities of Catholic higher education and join a question-and-answer conversation with John Sebastian, LMU vice president of mission and ministry, and Jeanne Ortiz, dean of students. Snyder and former U.S. Congressman Anthony Coelho '64 will also attend.
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