On Tuesday, July 18, Pope Francis appointed four new auxiliary Bishops to serve the Los Angeles diocese under Archbishop Jose H. Gomez.
By Briony James
The announcement was made in the press bulletin of the Holy See and as an announcement by Christophe Pierre, cardinal-designate and apostolic nuncio to the U.S.
The four were presented Tuesday morning at 10:00 am at a press conference at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and include Msgr. Albert Bahhuth, 66, pastor of Holy Family Church in South Pasadena; Father Matthew Elshoff, OFM, Cap., 67, pastor of St. Lawrence of Brindisi Church in the Watts area of South Los Angeles; Father Brian Nunes, 58, the LA Archdiocese’s vicar general and moderator of the curia; and Father Slawomir Szkredka, 49, professor of biblical studies and coordinator of human formation at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo.
Holy Family Church in South Pasadena has had Msgr. Bahhuth as pastor since 2021. Prior to that, he had served as pastor at St. Finbar, Burbank and St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Santa Clarita, as well as vicar general and moderator of the curia. Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, he immigrated to the U.S. at 20. He studied chemical engineering at the University of Missouri and taught at the University of Wyoming before moving to Los Angeles in the mid-80s. He was ordained in 1996 and is pleased to be part of this transitional moment in the Church.
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