Multicultural Ministry/Extraordinary Migrant Ministry
- Forms and trains teams in parishes and vicariates for evangelization among migrant communities.
- Supports social justice issues related to migrant communities.
- Supports and provides training for Comunidades de Base.
- Serves as contact for ministerial groups.
- Liaison with cultural groups in the Diocese.
We seek to integrate all ethnic groups into the Diocesan Church while helping them preserve the diverse values and traditions that enrich the Church. The diverse milieu of the state of California has had a large impact on the diocese. In 2008, CLINIC (Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.) ranked us as one of the top ten dioceses in the nation with the largest number of immigrants.
Extraordinary Migrant Ministry
A special need in the Diocese of Fresno is the large population of migrant farm workers, many of whom are from Mexico and South and Central America. With some 250 camps housing 5,000 to 20,000 campesinos and their families, they are challenged by their undocumented status, lack of English skills, and low wages for seasonal work.
The Diocese formed parish teams to evangelize and organize base communities for the mutual support of migrant workers and to offer sacramental preparation.
Currently we have several teams and religious orders from parishes offering catechesis, sacramental preparation, basic needs, advocacy and social service referrals.
Through the generous help of Catholic Extension, our ministry has grown! Watch this video by Catholic Extension, which includes our ministry here in the Diocese of Fresno!
FIFTH NATIONAL ENCUENTRO ON HISPANIC / LATINO MINISTRY
20, 2018 -
U.S. Bishops' Subcommittee on Hispanic Affairs and Committee on Cultural Diversity in the Church.
A Nationwide Journey of the Church in the United States, from local encounters to national dialogue and mission.
2016: Developing parish and diocesan teams.
2017: Conducting missionary initiatives and activities.
2018: National Catholic Gathering of Bishops and Leaders September 20-23 in Dallas, Texas.
2019: Articulating insights, best practices, and pastoral guidelines.
2020: Bringing the Fifth Encuentro home for ongoing mission.