It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we must inform you of the passing of our pastor, Monsignor Gabriel Gonzales. He passed away peacefully in his residence early Monday morning, November 9, 2015.
The family has requested that in lieu of
flowers, donations may be made to
The Priests’ Pension Fund,
c/o The Archdiocese of Los Angeles,
3424 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90010
Condolences may be sent to
Family of Msgr. Gabriel Gonzales
c/o St. Anastasia Parish Office
Eternal rest grant unto Monsignor Gonzales, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. Amen.
The following appeared in the December 3, 2015 issue of the Hometown News:
Gabriel Gonzales, the pastor at Saint Anastasia Catholic Church died peacefully
in his sleep on November 9th. Born in
1958, Gabriel was the first child of Jimmie & Consuelo Gonzales and named
after his grandfather. He grew up at St.
Gerard Majella Parish in Culver City where he attended elementary school,
excelling in the classroom, and growing in his spirituality leading him to
choose to attend the high school seminary in Mission Hills. Upon his commencement Gabriel was accepted to
prestigious universities including Georgia Tech, Yale, and M.I.T., but his
calling to the priesthood was very strong and he enrolled at St. John’s
Seminary in Camarillo. It was there that
Gabe met his life-long best friend and confidant, Bishop Alex Salazar.
his ordination to the priesthood in June 1984, Father Gabriel Gonzales was
appointed as an associate pastor at Our Lady of Grace in Encino. Assignments
followed at St. Joseph in La Puente, and his family’s home parish - St. Mark’s
in Venice. Gabriel was then appointed
pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Lincoln Heights, becoming the first in his
ordination class to serve as a pastor. In 2003 Father Gabe, became Monsignor Gonzales
and served the role of Vicar for Clergy, assigning all of the priests of the
Archdiocese of Los Angeles to their posts.
During this time he lived and assisted at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in
North Hollywood. After serving as Vicar,
Father Gabe returned to parish ministry as the pastor of St. Anastasia Church
in Westchester where he served from 2010-2015. "I feel so blessed to be called to the priesthood and
so grateful that I am part of this wonderful community." said Father Gabe
recently. Parishioners and students of Saint Anastasia have been deeply
saddened by the loss of their spiritual leader, a man known for being an
insightful and engaging preacher, and a down to earth friend to all.
Monsignor Gabriel Gonzales served in his ministry
right up to the end celebrating a final Mass with the Saint Anastasia community
the evening before his passing. The
Archbishop of Los Angeles, Jose Gomez was the main celebrant at Msgr.
Gonzales’s funeral on November 16th held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the
Angels. Gonzales is survived by his
father Jimmie, brother Bill, sister Caroline, and his brother priests.