• Congratulations to Rev. Onyema Okorie, Captain USAF
      Congratulations to Rev. Onyema Okorie, Captain USAF
      The NBCC Foundation received 278 applications for the 2014 Military, Minority and Rural Scholarship, of those Rev. Onyema Okorie was one of the 18 scholars that were selected through a very competitive process. The scholarship program supports the Foundation’s mission of increasing access to mental health care through professional counseling services, particularly for underserved populations.
      "I strongly feel educating and equipping myself with the knowledge and skills, certification and licensure in mental health counseling will help me professionally serve better our American patriots who pay heavy psychological prices in the course of their self-sacrifice and priceless service to our Nation,” stated Rev. Okorie.
      For Rev. Okorie, mental health counseling has become a significant focus within his priestly vocation, motivating his enrollment into a Master of Science Mental Health Counseling program with Capella University, Minnesota. As the two wars on terror (Iraq and Afghanistan) gradually draw down and our warfighters/soldiers gradually withdraw from downrange or combat-zones and safely return home to their families and loved ones, the need for mental health counselors is becoming critical and urgent.
      "It is my intention after active duty military service to practice and continue to serve war veterans and military personnel as a licensed professional counselor assisting in nearby military clinics and hospitals of Veteran Affairs” stated Rev. Okorie
      Upon hearing this good news, Bishop Ochoa stated:
      “Although Fr. Onyema’s presence is greatly missed within the Diocese of Fresno, his ministry to military personnel and their families is greatly appreciated and supported through committed prayer and concern for those he serves. Reception of this scholarship is a great blessing to help advance his pastoral presence to those who are often in harm’s way to protect the weak and vulnerable.”
      The Diocese of Fresno congratulates and promises continued prayerful support for Fr. Onyema and all those he serves. May God be with them.

      SACRAMENTOBishop Jaime Soto, President of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops, released the following statement:
      During this Season of Lent, we, the Catholic Bishops of California, invite the Catholic community and other Californians of good will to exercise restraint in the use of water as an expression of solidarity with those whose livelihood and welfare are at risk due to extreme drought conditions. 
      Lent is a holy, penitential season in the Catholic Church's liturgical year, reflecting the forty days Jesus spent in the desert in fasting and prayer.   In this time, Catholics unite themselves with the Lord Jesus in the struggle to overcome the power of evil and the slavery of sin.  We do so with prayer, fasting, abstinence, as well as other penitential sacrifices, and charitable works.
      This year, Californians are in an actual desert as an historic drought looms over us.  Farmers cannot access sufficient water to raise their crops. Fields will remain fallow.  Men and women will be left standing without work.  Access for children and families to clean, drinkable water is uncertain.  Legislators struggle to craft an equitable public policy ensuring the State’s present and future water needs.
      We are starkly reminded in this time of drought of our dependence on the Creator. The fragile relationship between ourselves and the creation that God has made to sustain us is threatened.  Our human dignity relies on access to water.  That same human dignity is diminished when we let this precious resource slip carelessly through our hands.  The creation entrusted to us is a common heritage and requires us to work together as responsible stewards for the common good, especially mindful of the weak and vulnerable.  As the economic and health impact of the drought grows those with limited resources will be the first to suffer.  Wise conservation practices will mitigate those effects.  They also serve as concrete acts of solidarity giving life and hope to other fellow Californians.
      During this Lent, we pray that God opens the heavens and lets His mercy rain down upon our fields and mountains.  May we receive the grace to better conserve our natural resources and expend our energies in works of charity so that justice and mutual respect may flow like a river through the cities, towns and fields of our State.  Looking towards the sacred days of Easter, we hope that God’s wisdom and joy may rise like a fountain of living water in the hearts and minds of all Californians.

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date:  March 7, 2014  
      CONTACT: Steve Pehanich / 916/313-4000

    • New Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia announced today!

      The Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia assists the diocesan bishop in coordinating the pastoral governance and ministries of the Diocese of Fresno.

      On February 28, 2014, Reverend Monsignor Raymond C. Dreiling took the Oath of this office following his appointment by Most Reverend Armando X. Ochoa, Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno.

      Msgr. Dreiling will work closely with Bishop Ochoa, and other members of the diocesan administration team, leading the diocesan offices and ministries in the fulfillment of pastoral goals and objectives set forth by the Bishop.

      The Diocese of Fresno continues through this period of transition, holding in prayerful gratitude Msgr. Dreiling and his predecessor, Bishop-elect Myron J. Cotta who will be ordained to the episcopacy (Office of Bishop) and installed as the Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento on March 25, 2014.

      May Gods grace and abundant blessing be with them both. Amen.


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      ** Bishop Armando X. Ochoa and the Diocese of Fresno are asking all parishes to hold a special collection on November 16th and November 17th or November 30th / December 1st  or you may use the button above to make a one time donation using PayPal.**
      The Diocese of Fresno will forward all contributions to the USCCB which will disburse the funds to aide those in need. 
      Collection for Victims of Typhoon Haiyan
      The U.S. bishops expressed their solidarity with the people of the Philippines after the devastating effects of Typhoon Haiyan in a letter to the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. The bishops will take up a special collection in parishes across the U.S. Proceeds from the collection will go to both immediate humanitarian needs and the cost of long-term reconstruction.

      Each parish is part of the Church Universal; it is the Catholic Church in a particular place. The bishops of the United States created the national collections so that, by combining resources, we can more effectively carry out our mission as Catholics. Each of these important collections is worthy of your support. Each collection represents our community of faith at work in the world, saving souls and improving lives.

      The bishops encourage us to view the national collections in the light of stewardship and of sharing. God has given us our light and our prosperity, all we need and more. It is right and just that we give something back through these collections, helping people in our own country and around the world to live better and to grow in the love of Jesus.
      Thank you very much for providing your faith community an opportunity to reach out to those who have been severely impacted by the Typhoon in the Philippines.