Bishop Armando X. Ochoa, D.D.

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.


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 the judicial session has its roots nearly 800 years ago in France and England.  The term “Red Mass” refers to the tradition of red vestments, red being the liturgial color symbolizing the presence of the Holy Spirit, who inspires love off truth, commitment to justice, and willingness to serve.

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

More than 100 persons attended the mass burial of indigent persons at Fresno County Cemetery.  From the program:

All Life has purpose and is sacred. This service is to remember those who have died in Fresno County.  These 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. Today we respectfully honor them in both life and death with this service.

Among those attending were Most Rev. Armando X. Ochoa, Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno, Fr. Dan Avila, diocesan Vocations Director, and Jim Grant, diocesan Social Justice Director.

Speakers included:

  • Margaret Mims, Fresno County Sheriff
  • Rev. James C. Pappas
  • Chaplain Terry Rommereim, Veterans Administration
  • Anne-Marie Hinojosa, American Indian Culture
  • Imam Ali M. Umar, Islamic Chaplain
  • Rabbi Rick Winer, Temple Beth Israel
  • Fr. Paul Keller, CMF, St. Paul Catholic Newman Center
  • Katie Hymans, Unitarian-Univeralist Church of Fresno
  • Dr. Venu Gopal, Hindu Temple
  • Rev. Charles R. Spencer, Riverdale Assembly of God Church
  • Chaplain Bill Hale, Senior Chaplain, Fresno Coumty Seriff-Coroner’s Office

Music was offered by the Fresno Pacific University Chamber Choir, Dr. Bethany Lynn Alvey, Director

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 


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 […]