Since the late 1700s, the Catholic Church has served the populations in what is today the three-county Archdiocese of Los Angeles, home to over 12 million people from Long Beach to Lompoc, including over 5 million Catholics. These people represent over 72 ethnic groups and every socioeconomic group ranging from the wealthiest individuals in the world to the most financially downtrodden.
CCF-LA brings together all of these people, regardless of religious background, ethnicity, or financial situation.
Today, the Archdiocese is the largest in the country in terms of Catholic population and geographic area. It is led by Archbishop José H. Gomez, who came to Los Angeles from San Antonio, Texas, in 2010. A native of Monterrey, Mexico, with a background in finance and accounting, he is uniquely qualified to support the work of CCF-LA and to serve the large populations of Hispanic and other immigrants who make Los Angeles their home. These immigrants, who represent peoples from Asia, Mexico, Central and South America, Africa, and the Middle East, are largely from the Catholic tradition as evidenced by the growing number of Catholics in the area.