Bishop Armando X. Ochoa, D.D.

Bishop Emeritus

Bishop Armando Xavier Ochoa was born in Oxnard, California, in 1943, the second child to Angel and Mary Ochoa.  He received his education at Santa Clara Elementary and Santa Clara High School, also in Oxnard, and graduated in 1961.  In 1962 he entered St. John’s Seminary College and having graduated, continued his studies at St. John’s Seminary School of Theology.  Bishop Ochoa was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles on May 23, 1970, by Cardinal Timothy Manning.  He served as Associate Pastor at St. Alphonsus Church  in East Los Angeles; St. John the Baptist Church in Baldwin Park; and St. Teresa of Avila Church, Los Angeles.  Bishop Ochoa was appointed Pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Los Angeles, in December, 1984.  While an Associate Pastor at St. Teresa of Avila, he was named a Monsignor, Chaplain to His Holiness, in 1982.Prior to his Ordination to the Episcopacy, in February, 1987, as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Regional Bishop of the San Fernando Pastoral Region, he served as a board member and later as co-director of the Permanent Diaconate Program for the Archdiocese.  He also headed the Secretariat for Ethnic Ministry Services.  Bishop Ochoa also served as a board member for both Don Bosco Technical High School and St. John’s Seminary.  On June 26, 1996, Bishop Ochoa was installed as fifth Bishop of the Diocese of El Paso in Texas.

Bishop Ochoa was installed as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno on February 1, 2012.

Throughout Bishop Ochoa’s Episcopacy, he has held the following USCCB positions: Member of the Sub-Committee on Lay Ministry, Committee on Migration, Sub-Committee on Hispanic Affairs, Committee on Laity, Committee on Vocations, Committee on the Diaconate, Committee on the Millennium/Jubilee Year, Sub-Committee on Lay Ecclesial Ministry, CLINIC Board of Directors and Region XIII Administrative Committee.  Bishop Ochoa has also been a Consultant on the Committee on Migration and Sub-Committee on Hispanic Affairs.  Other National and International responsibilities have included member of the Alta/Baja California Border Bishops Council, United States Delegate to the Eucharistic Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, and member of the Texas Mexico Border Bishops’ Council.

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Most Rev. Joseph V. Brennan Appointed As Sixth Bishop Of The Diocese Of Fresno

March 5, 2019

Statement Of The Most Reverend Armando X. Ochoa On The Appointment Of The Most Reverend Joseph V. Brennan As Sixth Bishop Of The Diocese Of Fresno

With Praise and Thanksgiving to All Mighty God, I am thrilled to inform you that today in Rome Our Holy Father Pope Francis announced the appointment of The Most Reverend Joseph V. Brennan as my successor as Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno.

Over the years, I have come to know Bishop Brennan as a man of great faith, extraordinary talent, and love of his call to serve God’s people with the heart of Christ.  After seven wonderful years as Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno, I know that the clergy, religious men and women, and all God’s people will welcome Bishop Brennan with open arms and open hearts.

Since his 2015 appointment as Auxiliary Bishop to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Bishop Brennan has served as the Episcopal Vicar of the San Fernando Pastoral Region, one of the five Pastoral Regions in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

He received a B.A. in Philosophy from St. John’s Seminary College in 1976 and a Masters in Divinity from St. John’s Seminary Theologate in 1980.

After his ordination to the priesthood, he served as associate pastor at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Los Angeles, St. Linus in Norwalk and at the Cathedral of St. Vibiana in Los Angeles. Later on, he was a pastor at St. Linus in Norwalk and Holy Trinity in San Pedro. After becoming Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, he was in residence at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and at Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church.

He has been a Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus in California, a member of the Council of Priests and the College of Consultors of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and sat on the Board of the Catholic Education Foundation, Williams Charitable Trust, and Together in Mission.

We look forward to officially receiving Bishop Brennan when he takes possession of the Diocese on May 1, 2019 and is installed as the Sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno on May 2, 2019.

Welcome Bishop Brennan!


El Nombramiento Del Reverendisimo Joseph V. Brennan Como Sexto Obispo De La Diócesis De Fresno

Con alabanza y acción de gracias a Dios Todo Poderoso estoy encantado de informarles que hoy en Roma nuestro Santo Padre, el Papa Francisco, anunció el nombramiento del Reverendísimo Joseph V. Brennan como mi sucesor como Obispo de la Diócesis de Fresno.

Con los años, he llegado a conocer al obispo Brennan como un hombre de gran fe, de extraordinario talento, y con gran amor a su llamado de servir al pueblo de Dios con el corazón de Cristo. Después de siete maravillosos años como obispo de la Diócesis de Fresno, sé que el clero, religiosos y religiosas, y todo el pueblo de Dios dará la bienvenida al Obispo Brennan con brazos abiertos y con corazones abiertos.

Desde su nombramiento en 2015 como Obispo Auxiliar de la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles, el Obispo Brennan se ha desempeñado como Vicario Episcopal de la región pastoral de San Fernando, una de las cinco regiones pastorales en la Archidiócesis de Los Ángeles.

Recibió una licenciatura en Filosofía de St. John’s Seminary College en 1976 y una maestría en Divinidad de St. John’s Seminary Theologate en 1980.

Después de su ordenación al sacerdocio, se desempeñó como pastor asociado en las parroquias Inmaculado Corazón de Maria en Los Angeles, San Lino en Norwalk, y en la Catedral de Santa Vibiana en Los Angeles. Más tarde, fue pastor de San Lino en Norwalk y Santísima Trinidad en San Pedro. Después de convertirse en Vicario General y Moderador de la Curia, residío en la Catedral de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles y en la parroquia Madre de los Dolores.

Ha sido capellán de los Caballeros de Colón en California, miembro del Consejo de Sacerdotes y el Colegio de Consultores de la Arquidiócesis de Los Ángeles, y está en la Junta de Catholic Education Foundation, Williams Charitable Trust, y Together in Mission.

Esperamos recibir oficialmente al Obispo Brennan cuando tome posesión de la diócesis el 1 de mayo de 2019 y se instale como el Sexto Obispo de la Diócesis de Fresno el 2 de mayo de 2019.

¡Bienvenido Obispo Brennan!


La Diócesis De Fresno Avanza Con La Primera Fase De Revisión Independiente

Fresno, Ca
Reverendísimo Armando X. Ochoa, D.D.
El 16 de agosto y nuevamente el 6 de diciembre de 2018, publiqué declaraciones públicas en respuesta al informe de casos de abuso sexual que involucró a Pennsylvania. Es comprensible que estas revelaciones hayan aumentado la conciencia en todo el país y suscitado preocupaciones muy serias, además del impacto que sigue teniendo en la víctima-sobreviviente. Hoy, deseo reiterar lo que dije anteriormente:

“Me mantengo firme en mi convicción que todo el clero debe vivir su vida como un ministro ordenado con integridad. Como obispo, he aceptado completamente mi responsabilidad de tratar cualquier asunto serio que a sabiendas ponga en riesgo a cualquiera de las almas confiadas a mi cuidado pastoral y continuaré haciéndolo.”

En los últimos cuatro meses he estado en diálogo intensivo con la Junta de Revisión Diocesana (Diocesan Review Board) que se enfoca en la protección de los niños, jóvenes y adultos vulnerables; el Colegio de Consultores (College of Consultors) representando al clero, y el Comité de Asuntos Sensibles (Sensitive Issues Committee) que incluye empleados laicos y nuestro abogado diocesano. Defensores de las víctimas se encuentran entre estos recursos de asesoramiento y han sido fundamentales para el diálogo. Este proceso no podía ser apresurado. Me ha proporcionado una variedad de perspectivas y recomendaciones confiables y tengo una gran confianza en la profundidad de los comentarios que he recibido.

El consenso de esta colaboración me ha llevado a la conclusión de que es necesario que se lleve a cabo la revisión de todos los archivos del clero (sacerdotes y diáconos) que están en posesión de la Diócesis de Fresno desde el año 1922, cuando el territorio fue Diócesis de Monterey-Fresno. Aunque esto sea muy laborioso, es esencial que la administración actual esté al tanto de cualquier registro de abuso sexual, sin importar cuánto tiempo haya pasado.

Para asegurar que esta tarea se complete objetivamente de una manera oportuna, nos someteremos a una revisión exhaustiva de nuestros archivos del clero en la primavera de 2019, la cual será conducida por la ex Directora Ejecutiva del FBI, Dra. Kathleen McChesney, de Kinsale Management Consulting. Esta será la Fase Uno y será financiada por reservas diocesanas. Las donaciones recibidas para la Campaña Anual del Obispo (Bishop’s Appeal) son fondos restringidos que continuarán apoyando, como han sido designadas, para la Formación de Educación Religiosa, Ministerio de Vida Familiar, Ministerio de Jóvenes y Jóvenes Adultos y Vocaciones para el Sacerdocio. Las donaciones a parroquias y escuelas católicas no serán una fuente de financiamiento.

La Fase Dos se enfocará en analizar los resultados de la Fase Uno. En ese momento, se establecerá el formato para la publicación de los nombres del clero y la forma en que se clasificarán. Nuevamente, esto incluirá la participación de la Junta de Revisión Diocesana, Colegio de Consultores y el Comité de Asuntos Sensibles. La defensa de las víctimas volverá a ser una parte crucial del proceso de toma de decisiones.

La Diócesis de Fresno publicará otra declaración después de completarse la revisión de los archivos, para que el público sea informado de que la Fase Uno ha sido completada y la Fase Dos está comenzando. El tiempo estimado para publicar la lista de los nombres del clero acusado será determinado.

Mientras tanto, nuestra oficina de comunicaciones preparará una edición especial del periódico diocesano, Central California Catholic Life que destacará cómo se ha aplicado con efectividad los Estatutos para la Protección de Niños y Jóvenes desde su creación en 2003, basándose en las medidas preventivas que ya estaban en vigor. También se incluirá la verificación del cumplimiento a través de una auditoría independiente, para garantizar que se tomen todas las medidas necesarias para mantener seguros a nuestros jóvenes y adultos vulnerables mientras están a nuestro cuidad. Esta publicación estará disponible en el sitio web diocesano.

Estuve profundamente conmovido durante la reunión de obispos de los Estados Unidos que tuvo lugar en Mundelein, Illinois a principios de enero, el cual se centró únicamente en el impacto del abuso y su mal manejo durante décadas. Me gustaría terminar con la oración que compartimos durante el tiempo que estuvimos reunidos y que, personalmente, continúo ofreciendo en privado cada día:

Dios amoroso,

Dirige tu atención a los gritos de tus hijos e hijas que buscan la sanación de tu Iglesia.

Estamos con el corazón roto. Estamos heridos. Estamos sufriendo.

En estos días, nuevamente luchamos por comprender los atroces actos de abuso cometidos por parte de aquellos a quienes se les ha confiado el cuidado de Su rebaño.

Alivia nuestros corazones acongojados. Restaura nuestros espíritus quebrantados.
Te pedimos que “siempre estés presente en nuestra angustia”.

Señor misericordioso, envía tu Espíritu de Sanación a nuestros hermanos y hermanas que han soportado el dolor y el abuso físico, mental, emocional y espiritual. Conforta a sus espíritus cansados. Calma su dolor. Concédeles justicia.

Que nuestros ojos estén abiertos para ver tu imagen en estos miembros heridos de Tu Iglesia.

Danos todo el coraje para actuar y hablar en nombre de los más vulnerables.

Apresura los vientos del Espíritu para dispersar la oscuridad del pecado. Derrama Tu Espíritu sanador para renovar nuestra confianza y esperanza en Ti, que eres nuestro refugio y nuestra fortaleza.

Te lo pedimos por Jesucristo nuestro Señor.

Amén.

Quiero expresar mi agradecimiento a los medios de comunicación presentes hoy aquí. Su ayuda para mantener informado al público en general es muy apreciada.


Diocese Of Fresno Moves Forward With First Phase Of Independent Review

Bishop Ochoa

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Diocese Of Fresno Moves Forward With First Phase Of Independent Review

Fresno, Ca
The Most Reverend Armando X. Ochoa, D.D.
On August 16 and again on December 6, 2018, I released public statements in response to the report of sexual abuse cases that involved Pennsylvania. These revelations have understandably raised nationwide awareness and cultivated very serious concerns, in addition to the impact it continues to have on victim-survivors. Today, I want to personally reiterate what I previously stated:

“I stand firm in my conviction that all clergy must live out their lives as ordained ministers with integrity. As bishop, I have fully accepted my responsibility to address any serious matter that knowingly puts at risk any of the souls entrusted to my pastoral care and will continue to do so.”

Over the past four months I have been in extensive dialogue with the Diocesan Review Board that focuses on the protection of children, youth and vulnerable adults; the College of Consultors, representing the clergy; and, the Sensitive Issues Committee which is staffed by lay employees and our diocesan attorney. Those who speak as victims’ advocates are among these advisory resources and have been central to the dialogue. This process could not be rushed. It has provided me with a variety of trustworthy perspectives and recommendations and I have great confidence in the depth of input I have received.

The consensus of this collaboration has lead me to the conclusion that a thorough review of all clergy files (priests and deacons) in the possession of the Diocese of Fresno should be conducted dating back to 1922 when the territory was the Diocese of Monterey-Fresno. Although labor intensive, it is essential that the current administration is fully aware of any record of sexual abuse, no matter how much time has passed.

To ensure that this task is objectively completed in a timely manner, we will undergo an extensive review of our clergy files in the spring of 2019 to be conducted by former FBI Executive Assistant Director, Dr. Kathleen McChesney, of Kinsale Management Consulting. This will be Phase One and will be funded by diocesan reserves. Donations received for the Annual Bishop’s Appeal are restricted funds that will continue to provide support as designated for Religious Formation and Education, Family Life Ministry, Youth and Young Adult Ministries, and Vocations to the Priesthood. Donations to parishes and Catholic schools will not be a funding source.

Phase Two will focus on analyzing the outcome of Phase One. At that time, the format for the release of names of accused clergy will be established and how they will be categorized. Again, this will include the participation of the Diocesan Review Board, College of Consultors and Sensitive Issues Committee. Victims’ advocacy will again be a crucial part of the decision making process.

The Diocese of Fresno will release another statement upon completion of the file review so the public will be informed that Phase One has been completed and Phase Two is beginning. An estimated time for the release of names of accused clergy will then be determined.

In the meantime, our Office of Communications will prepare a special edition of the diocesan newspaper, Central California Catholic Life that will highlight how the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People has been effectively implemented since its inception in 2003, building on the precautionary measures that were already in place. Verification of compliance through an independent audit will also be included to ensure that every reasonable action is being taken to keep our young and vulnerable adults safe while entrusted to our care. This publication will be available on the diocesan website.

I was deeply moved during the gathering of bishops from all over the United States that took place in Mundelein, Illinois, in early January which focused solely on the impact of abuse and its mishandling over the decades. I would like to close with the prayer we shared during our time together and that I continue to offer privately each day:

Loving God,

Turn your ear to the cries of your sons and daughters who seek healing for Your Church.

We are heartbroken. We are bruised. We are hurting.

In these days we again wrestle with understanding the heinous acts of abuse by those entrusted with shepherding Your flock.

Ease our troubled hearts. Mend our broken spirits. Be “ever present in our distress.”

Merciful Lord, send your Healing Spirit to our brothers and sisters who have endured pain and abuse physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Comfort their weary spirits. Soothe their pain. Grant them justice.

May our eyes be opened to see your image in these wounded members of Your Church.

Give us all courage to act and speak up on behalf of the most vulnerable.

Rush the winds of the Spirit to scatter the darkness of sin. Pour forth Your healing Spirit to renew our trust and hope in You, who are our refuge and our strength.

We ask this through Jesus Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

I want to express my appreciation for the media present here today. Your assistance in keeping the general public informed is greatly appreciated.

 



Opposition Expressed to Extreme Late-term Abortion Law

February 1, 2019

Statement From The Most Reverend Armando X. Ochoa, D.D. In Collaboration With Central California Right To Life

The Catholic Church and the broader pro-life community of Central California expresses its complete opposition to and condemnation of the extreme, late-term abortion law passed in the State of New York and recently defeated in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

These proposals legalize abortion up to the point of birth, allow non-physicians to perform abortions, allow children who survive a late-term abortion to be deprived of life-sustaining treatment, and remove conscience protections from medical personnel who morally oppose such practices. Late-term abortions are never medically necessary, and like all forms of abortion, they are grave attacks on the dignity of the human person.

We also decry the fact that New York’s law was passed with critical support from Catholic politicians. We reiterate the teaching of St. John Paul II, that it is never permissible to campaign for or vote for laws permitting the further liberalization of abortion. Evangelium vitae 73. We also echo his call for political leaders, particularly Christians, to work towards the establishment of “a just order in defense and promotion of the value of life.” Evangelium vitae 90.

We urge our local and statewide elected officials to support policies that safeguard and defend innocent unborn life. We stand with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in calling upon our Senators Feinstein and Harris, as well as our local Members of the House of Representatives, to vote in favor of the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, and to reintroduce the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. We also earnestly pray that the Supreme Court will reconsider its abortion jurisprudence, and overturn Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey.

We do not condemn women who, under various social and moral pressures, might have chosen abortion. Imitating Jesus Christ, the Church stands firm in its condemnation of sin, and equally firm in the mercy, forgiveness, and compassion we offer to those who need our aid. The Catholic Church strives to offer hope, healing, and alternatives to abortion through the Sacraments, the Church’s various social assistance ministries, and through services from non-profit organizations like Rachel’s Vineyard and our various Valley adoption agencies.

Contact: John Gerardi, Executive Director, Central California Right To Life, [email protected] , (559) 229-2229


Bishop Ochoa at Conference

October 23, 2018

Some comments from our bishop, Most Rev. Armando Ochoa Bishop Ochoa was attending a conference of bishops of both Alta (US) and Baja (Mexico) California at Tijuana. The video is courtesy of Martin Ford of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.


Love, Justice and Service Are Works of God

October 19, 2018

Monsignior Raymond Dreiling greets attendees at the 2018 Red Mass today, October 19, 2018, at St. John Cathedral in Fresno.    The annual Eucharist, gathering local judges, attorneys, and others employed in the legal system, was celebrated by Most Rev. Armando X. Ochoa, Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno. This celebration at the beginning of […]


Bishop Ochoa at Congress 2018

October 14, 2018

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


Fresno County Indigent Mass Burial Ceremony

September 13, 2018

All Life has purpose and is sacred. This service is to remember those who have died in Fresno County.  Theres are the homeless, many are the poor who are unable to afford burial, and some are those with no next of kin to claim their remains. All lived among us and are members of our community.


Mensaje Del Reverendísimo Armando X. Ochoa, Obispo De La Diócesis De Fresno

August 17, 2018

15 de agosto de 2018 Las últimas noticias del escándalo creado por el Cardenal McCarrick, los resultados incomprensibles del Gran Jurado de Pennsylvania involucrando a seis diócesis, y la inmoralidad sistemática intolerable que sostuvo el abuso de innumerables niños exige una respuesta. Estoy de acuerdo que el episcopado debe responder esta llamada de acción de […]


Statement from The Most Reverend Armando X. Ochoa, Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno

August 15, 2018

The breaking news of the scandal created by Cardinal McCarrick; the incomprehensible findings of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury involving six dioceses; and the exposed intolerable systemic immorality that sustained the abuse of countless children demands a response. I agree that it is the episcopate that must answer this call to action in a practical way […]


Bishop Ochoa Proposes Restorative Justice During a Priest’s Sentencing Hearing

August 9, 2018

“I respectfully request that Your Honor consider the steps of restorative justice in lieu of incarceration so that the faith community can heal, while Rev. Villafan works diligently to pay restitution with diocesan oversight – a requirement that will likely take him many, many years to accomplish.  In addition, return to active ministry under direct supervision with no access to funds would also benefit those who are in need of pastoral care in a diocese that is experiencing a scarcity in the number of its clergy.”


Groundbreaking for new Divine Mercy Catholic Church, Clovis – Friday, June 22, 2018

June 23, 2018


Statement On The Executive Order Regarding The Separation Of Families In Immigration Detention (Eng/Esp)

June 20, 2018

20 de junio, 2018 STATEMENT 
ON 
THE EXECUTIVE ORDER REGARDING THE SEPARATION OF FAMILIES IN IMMIGRATION DETENTION 

MOST REVEREND ARMANDO X. OCHOA, D.D.  Bishop of Fresno   DECLARACIÓN SOBRE LA ORDEN EJECUTIVA RELACIONADA CON LA SEPARACIÓN DE FAMILIAS EN LOS CENTROS DE DETENCIONES DE INMIGRACIÓN REVERENDÍSIMO ARMANDO X. OCHOA, D.D., 
OBISPO DE LA DIÓCESIS DE […]


Mensaje De Pascua | Easter Message

April 1, 2018

Dear Friends in Christ, The Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday begins the Easter Triduum of the Lord’s passion and death (Good Friday), burial (Holy Saturday), and resurrection (Easter Sunday). These days are unique in the Church’s calendar year and are of great importance in the spiritual and pastoral life of the […]


Puentes No Muros

January 30, 2018

Reflexiones de los obispos en su peregrinación por la paz a Tierra Santa 18-27 de enero de 2018 Venimos como Peregrinos de la Paz a esta tierra que es sagrada para judíos, cristianos, y musulmanes. En nuestra búsqueda por aquellos en las periferias, hemos encontrado muchos muros, y unos cuantos puentes. Como nos recuerda el […]


Bridges Not Walls

Reflections of the Bishops’ Pilgrimage for Peace in the Holy Land January 18 – 27, 2018   We came as Pilgrims of Peace to this Land that is Holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims.  We encountered many walls and some bridges, as we sought out those on the peripheries.  As Pope Francis repeatedly reminds us, […]


Bishop Ochoa Visits Gethsemane and Yad Vashem

January 22, 2018

Bishop Ochoa and the other Hispanic bishops on pilgrimage started their second day (1/22) in the Garden of Gethsemane before moving onto the World Holocaust Memorial Center, Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. This morning @USCCB Hispanic Bishops celebrated mass in the Garden of Gethsemane overlooking #Jerusalem. Inwardly I wept for those suffering from both the Israeli-Palestinian […]


First Day of Bishop Ochoa’s Holy Land Pilgrimage

January 21, 2018

Bishop Ochoa is on a pilgrimage with other Hispanic bishops to the Holy Land – “Bridges not Walls”. Stephen Colecchi, Director of International Justice and Peace for USCCB, is accompanying them and posting news about the trip on Twitter. [email protected] Hispanic Bishops entering Gaza for Mass at Holy Family Parish today. After passing through Israeli […]


Message from Bishop Armando X. Ochoa

December 24, 2017

Dear Friends in Christ, One of the Gospels for Christmas Day, the one from St. John, highlights the announcement for today’s solemnity, “And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.” St. John wants us to realize that this is God’s embodiment in our frail human condition. This Christ Event, this Christian story, […]


Mensaje Del Obispo Armando X. Ochoa

Queridos Amigos en Cristo, Uno de los Evangelios para el Día de Navidad, el de San Juan, realza el anuncio para la solemnidad de hoy: “Y la Palabra se hizo carne y habitó entre nosotros”. San Juan quiere que nos demos cuenta que esta es la personificación de Dios en nuestra frágil condición humana. Este […]