Cardinal Roger Mahony

Senior Fellow

Cardinal Roger MahonyCardinal Roger Mahony is the first native Angeleno to serve as Los Angeles Archbishop. He was born in Hollywood in 1936. He attended St. Charles Borromeo school in North Hollywood, and at age 14, he entered Los Angeles College, the junior seminary of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

He was ordained to the priesthood in 1962. He graduated from The Catholic University of America in 1964 with a Masters Degree in Social Work. He was appointed Titular Bishop of Tamascani and Auxiliary Bishop of Fresno in 1975. That same year, Cardinal Mahony was appointed the first chair of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board by Governor Jerry Brown.

Cardinal Mahony was appointed Bishop of Stockton by Pope John Paul II in 1980. He was appointed as Archbishop of Los Angeles in 1985. He was elevated to the College of Cardinals in 1991. He is the first native Angeleno and the third Archbishop of Los Angeles to be elevated to Cardinal.

In 1986, to better minister to the five million Catholics in the Archdiocese, Cardinal Mahony created the five Pastoral Regions (Our Lady of the Angels, San Pedro, Santa Barbara, San Fernando and San Gabriel).  In 1995, he announced plans to build the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to replace the earthquake-damaged former St. Vibiana’s Cathedral. In 2015, the Cathedral celebrated its 13th anniversary of service to the people of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

As a member of the College of Cardinals, on April 18-19, 2005, Cardinal Mahony participated in the Papal Conclave that was convened following the death of Pope John Paul II, which resulted in the election of Pope Benedict XVI.  Upon the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI in 2013, he participated in the Papal Conclave which elected Pope Francis.

On February 27, 2011, Cardinal Mahony reached the mandatory retirement age and was succeeded as Archbishop of Los Angeles by Archbishop José H. Gomez

Cardinal Mahony continues to be an outspoken proponent of comprehensive immigration reform that is just and respectful of the rights of individuals.  He remains active in helping to organize parish groups to assist our immigrant brother