Archbishop Jose H. Gomez recently said it best. “Education remains essential to our Church’s mission,” he said. “In this great mission, all of us have a responsibility – clergy, religious, lay people. Let’s work together to grow our Catholic schools … to give a Catholic education to every student who wants it.”
As your new pastor I feel extremely blessed and honored to be here at Immaculate Conception. We are fortunate to be part of the history, integrity and passion in this special community. Visits to the school are already making a strong impression on me. Clearly we have accomplished much, but there is so much more to do. As long as families and children seek this parish and school for guidance, direction and instruction, we must meet the call.
My intentions are to meet your expectations in serving the Lord and his children by following his loving example, and in doing so meet the obligation of teaching the young, not only here, but truly everywhere our lives take us. Immaculate Conception School is integral in that mission – preparing students for life.
I come to you from Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico. I have been a priest for 25 years, ordained in Basilica de Guadalupe in 1986. I am licensed in Canon Law, having studied in Rome. What a gift it is to be with you now, at the hub of excellence in education in Los Angeles – Immaculate Conception School!
Father Jesus Francisco Garcia Aguilar, O.R.C.
The Church of the Immaculate Conception has a strong tradition and rich history in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Located in the hub of diocesan action for decades, it served as the parish for many bishops and cardinals, its location next to the Offices of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, The Tidings, and today Catholic Charities.
The parish has served many famous parishioners over the years, including Spencer Tracy, Stan Chambers and Loretta Young. On September 16, 1987, His Holiness Pope John Paul II was escorted by First Lady Nancy Reagan in a visit to Immaculate Conception.
The parish celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009.