From The LA Daily News:
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.”
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.”
And read biographies of the new priests here.
Congratulations! Ad multos annos!