Men of Brave Heart: The Virtue of Courage in the Priestly Life
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Men of Brave Heart: The Virtue of Courage in the Priestly Life by Archbishop Jose Gomez.
What does it take to see a man at his worst? To share the pain and suffering of death? To persevere in the life of faith? It takes a courageous heart.
Men of Brave Heart is a celebration of the priestly life – from the historical and Scriptural connections through the example of the saints before us. The Priesthood is a vocation of courage and human drama that brings incredible gifts. Men of Brave Heart is the perfect inspiration for any priest or seminarian as well as anyone who wants to better understand the special calling of their priest.
The Most Rev. José H. Gomez, S.T.D., is the new co-adjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles (named April 2010). He was installed as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of San Antonio on February 15, 2005, at San Fernando Cathedral. He previously served as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Denver, since his ordination on March 26, 2001. Archbishop Gomez was ordained a priest of the Opus Dei Prelature on August 15, 1978, by the late Cardinal Franz König, Archbishop Emeritus of Vienna, at the Shrine of Torreciudad, Spain.
Archbishop Gomez He holds a doctorate in Sacred Theology. He earned his accounting degree in 1975 as well as a B.A. in Philosophy. In 1978, the year he was ordained a priest, Archbishop Gomez completed his B.A. in Theology at the University of Navarre, Rome Campus. He then began working on a Doctorate in Theology at its Main Campus in Pamplona, Spain, receiving his Doctorate in 1980.
Before being appointed as an Auxiliary Bishop, Archbishop Gomez’s primary priestly duty was to minister to lay people. From 1987 to 1999 he was in residence at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in San Antonio assisting in the pastoral work of the parish.
Archbishop Gomez has distinguished himself as a respected national leader among Hispanic priests in the
United States. In 1991, Archbishop Gomez became a Regional Representative of the National Association of
Hispanic Priests (ANSH), in 1995 he was named President and then Executive Director from 1999?2001. ANSH is an organization which seeks to strengthen fraternity among the over 2,400 Hispanic priests in the United States and to communicate the faith effectively among diverse Hispanic congregations.
Archbishop Gomez played a key role in the recent establishment of the Hispanic Seminary of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, which opened in August 2000. This Seminary was founded by Mexican Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, and educates Hispanic seminarians who will later serve in the United States.