Roger Michael Mahony (born February 27, 1936) is an American cardinal in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church. He is the fourth and current Archbishop of Los Angeles and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1991.
Roger Michael Mahony was born in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. The son of Victor and Loretta (née Baron) Mahony. His father was a poultry processor. He has a twin brother, Louis, and an older brother, Neil. As a child he attended St. Charles Grammar School, North Hollywood and, at age 14, he entered the minor seminary of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
After studying at the Our Lady Queen the of Angels Seminary and St. John's Seminary, Mahony was ordained to the priesthood on May 1, 1962, by the Bishop of Monterey-Fresno, Aloysius Joseph Willinger, CSsR. He graduated from The Catholic University of America in 1964 with a master's degree in social work. For the next 13 years, he held pastoral and curial assignments in the Diocese of Monterey-Fresno and the newly formed Diocese of Fresno. He was named a monsignor in February 1967. He also taught social work at Fresno State University during this period.