Servant of the Servants of God:
To the Venerable Brother
JOSÉ HORACIO GOMEZ,
until now Archbishop of San Antonio,
appointed Coadjutor to the Metropolitan Church of Los Angeles:
greetings and Apostolic Blessing....
Cardinal-Archbishop: My dear brothers and sisters, are you willing to support Archbishop José Gomez with your cooperation and prayers as he begins his ministry among us?
Assembly: We are.
Cardinal: "On behalf of the entire Archdiocese of Los Angeles,
I welcome you,
Archbishop José Gomez,
as our Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles.
Be assured of our prayers and support as you join me
in continuing the work of the Gospel...."
For a Hispanic bloc quickly becoming a majority of the 68 million strong Stateside church -- and, indeed, for American Catholicism, all told -- it's an epic, unprecedented moment.
Long in the making, the day is here... the time has come.
Welcome to history, folks.