The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno

Diocese of Fresno compliant with Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

Based on the results of our recently performed on-site audit of the Diocese of Fresno, the Diocese has been found compliant with all audited Articles within the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People for the 2017/2018 audit period.

Letter from Stonebridge Business Partners (auditor) to Bishop Armando X. Ochoa

Every year, the Diocese of Fresno is responsible for providing an accounting of how well we follow the requirements which are outlined in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The audit entails months of gathering reports from all the parishes/missions and Catholic Schools throughout the Diocese on the number of clergy ministering within our boundaries as well as the number of employees who work for the diocese, and then lastly the number of volunteers who had unsupervised contact with minors. Each of these individuals must meet the requirements of fingerprint clearance, proof of receiving Safe Environment training regarding all forms of child abuse, internet safety, and bullying, and have a signed Code of Conduct on file. Our clergy and seminarians are all fingerprint cleared through federal and state agencies, have fulfilled the requirement to refresh their knowledge of child abuse and diocesan policies on what constitutes a safe environment for young people, and have committed to the Diocesan Code of Conduct.  (more)


Bishop Ochoa at Congress 2018

Our bishop, Most Rev. Armando X. Ochoa pauses for a discussion with other attendees while checking out what the exhibitors have to offer.


After keynotes, workshops and Mass, attendees fortify themselves for two more Saturday afternoon workshops.

Sábado Conferencia Principal En Español – Giovanni O. Pérez

Giovanni O. Pérez nació en Guatemala. Él es el Coordinador de la Formación de Catequistas y Director Asociado de la Oficina de Educación Religiosa de la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles. El ha estado casado con Patricia Hernández por más de 25 años y juntos han criado cuatro jóvenes adultos llenos de espíritu, uno de ellos […]

Eucharist at Congress

Hundreds of attendees of Diocesan Congress 2 018 participate in the Eucharist presided over by Fr. Dan Avila, Director of Vocations, Diocese of Fresno

English Keynote – Br. Silas Henderson

Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S., M.T.S., is a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (the “Salvatorians”). An author, retreat director, and catechist, Brother Silas is a member of the Tucson-based Jordan Ministries. He has written extensively on discipleship, the liturgy, Mary and the Saints, and his articles and reflections have appeared in a number […]

One down, two to go

Attendees are evaluating the wares of booths featuring textbooks and other teaching materials, clothing and religious items.  It’s lunchtime after the Friday morning workshop session, with two more Friday afternoon.

Before The Storm – Diocesan Congress 2018

Things are just getting started here in Visalia for this year’s Diocesan Congress — people have been arriving for Morning Prayer.  The Office of Comunications is on the job though . . . Today is the first Friday session for many years, intended for Diocesan and parish staffs.