Bishop Joseph V. Brennan, D.D.

Sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno

On May 2, 2019, The Most Reverend Joseph V. Brennan was installed as Sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno.

Bishop Brennan was the Episcopal Vicar of the San Fernando Pastoral Region, one of the five Pastoral Regions in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He was appointed Titular Bishop of Trofimiana and Auxiliary Bishop in 2015.

Bishop Joseph Brennan 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 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 also sits on the Board of the Catholic Education Foundation, the Williams Charitable Trust, and Together in Mission, and Served as Moderator of the Curia for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

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Un mensaje de Navidad

December 13, 2019

Mis queridos en Cristo,

Todos han escuchado la historia acerca de Ebenezer Scrooge, el fomoso anciano destrozado y amargado de ‘A Christmas Carol’ de Charles Dickens quien tuvo que aprender a ‘mantener’ la Navidad en su vejez después de muchas pruebas y aventuras ‘fantasmales’. Muchos de nosotros aprendimos cómo mantener la Navidad con alegría desde una edad temprana. Ciertamente lo hice con mi  amá y papá, quienes nos proporcionaron a mí y mis hermanos y hermanas la temporada navideña más maravillosa que ustedes puedan imaginar, y todo con un presupuesto muy reducido. Uno de mis primeros recuerdos de “Navidad” giraba en torno a la emoción y la alegría de la apertura de las dos grandes puertas corredizas que dan acceso a nuestra sala. Ahí es donde “Papa Noel” había preparado una verdadera “maravilla de invierno” con los regalos, el árbol y todos  los adornos. No me di cuenta hasta muchos años después por qué mamá y papá siempre estaban tan cansados en la mañana de Navidad.

Otro recuerdo muy afectuoso de “Navidad”, relacionado con el primero, proviene de una visita que hice a Filipinas hace más de 25 años. Fue a comienzos del mes de octubre que algunos amigos míos de una pequeña pero ferviente orden religiosa llamada Discípulos de María me habían recogido del aeropuerto de Manila. Fue fantástico verlos, y la atmósfera de alegría sólo se vio realzada por la música navideña más hermosa que se pueda imaginar que estaban tocando en el radio del coche. Me dije a mí mismo: “¡Esta gente realmente sabe cómo celebrar!” Si conocen la cultura filipina, ustedes saben que no sólo la Navidad empieza temprano y con mucha alegría, sino que también celebran esta fiesta hasta el mes de febrero. No es el único pueblo o cultura que lo hace.

En los últimos quince años, más o menos, he desarrollado algunos de mis propios “hábitos” para celebrar la temporada navideña. Yo también comienzo la temporada de Navidad temprano, a menudo incluso antes de que comience la temporada de Adviento. Lo he hecho nuevamente este año y no tengo intención de quitar ni un solo adorno hasta el 13 de enero de 2020, el día después de la temporada navideña de este año. ¿Por qué? Yo creo que ustedes saben la respuesta a esta pregunta. Es porque necesitamos celebrar alegremente y prolongar este gozo en nuestras vidas siempre que podamos. No necesito decirles lo desafiantes que son estos tiempos para nosotros como Iglesia y como Pueblo de Dios. Es precisamente en esos momentos difíciles de nuestras vidas que es necesario recordar que: “Porque un niño nos ha nacido, un hijo se nos ha dado.” Este regalo muy preciado del Padre Celestial, el Espíritu Santo y la Madre de Dios, María Santísima,
es la verdadera razón por la que no quitaré ninguna decoración navideña en un futuro cercano. Espero que se unan a mí para prolongar la alegría. La Navidad llegó anticipadamente para mí cuando fui asignado a la Diócesis de Fresno. Que la Navidad también llegue anticipadamente a ustedes y a sus seres queridos. ¡Feliz Navidad! En Cristo,
Obispo Joe


A Christmas message

My Dear Ones in Christ,

You have all heard the story about Ebenezer Scrooge, the famously broken and bitter old man from Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ who had to learn how to ‘keep’ Christmas in his old age and then only after many trials and ‘ghostly’ adventures. Many of us actually learned how to keep Christmas well and joyfully from a very early age. I certainly did with my Mom and Dad who provided me and my brothers and sisters with the most marvelous Christmas day and season you can imagine, and all on a shoestring budget too! One of my earliest ‘Christmas’ memories revolved around the excitement and joy at the opening of the two, big sliding doors that led into our living room. That is where ‘Santa’ had prepared a veritable ‘Winter Wonderland’ with the presents, the tree and all the trimmings. It didn’t dawn on me until many years later as to why Mom and Dad were always so tired on Christmas morning.

Another very fond ‘Christmas’ memory – connected to the first one – comes from a visit I had to the Philippines well over 25 years ago. It was early in the month of October and I had been graciously picked up at the airport in Manila by some dear friends of mine from a small but fervent religious order of priests and brothers called the Disciples of Mary. It was great to see them and the joyous atmosphere was only enhanced by the most lovely and lively Christmas music you could imagine playing on the car radio. I said to myself, “These people really know how to celebrate!” Do they ever, and if you know anything about the Filipino culture then you know that they not only start Christmas early and joyfully, but they will also celebrate this Feast well into February! They are not the only people or culture to do that.

Over the past fifteen years or so I have developed some of my own ‘habits’ for celebrating the Christmas season. Please do not turn me in to the liturgists among us but I too start Christmas early, often even before the Advent season begins. I have done so again this year and I have no intention of taking even one ornament down until January the 13th, 2020, the day after this year’s Christmas season. Why? I think you know the answer to that question. It is because we need to celebrate joyfully and prolong the joy in our lives whenever we can. I don’t need to tell you how challenging these times are for us as a Church and as the People of God. It is precisely in those difficult moments of our lives that we need to remember that, “For unto us a child is born; a Son is given.” This most precious gift from the heavenly Father, the Holy Spirit and the Mother of God, Mary most holy, is the real reason why I won’t be taking down any Christmas decorations any time soon. I hope you join me in prolonging the joy.

Christmas came early for me when I was assigned to the Diocese of Fresno. May it always come early to you and those you love. Merry Christmas!
In Christ,
Bishop Joe


Diocesan Congress 2019

October 12, 2019

Bishop Joe Brennan gives the keynote address at his first Diocese of Fresno Congress.


Diocese Of Fresno Fully Engaged In Addressing Sexual Abuse By Priests

June 5, 2019

The Diocese of Fresno takes very seriously the responsibility of maintaining a safe environment for its children. Currently, Dr. Kathleen McChesney, former FBI official and her associates are reviewing all clergy files dating back nearly 100 years. The review will assist the Diocese with creating a list of clergy who have been credibly accused of improper conduct with minors.

The Diocese of Fresno is also participating in the Independent Compensation Program to be administered by nationally known mediators, Mr. Kenneth Feinburg and Ms. Camille Biros. Later this year, victim-survivors, including undocumented immigrants, will be able to apply for compensation for past abuse, regardless of when that abuse occurred. Fully completed and documented claims will be determined within 90 days of a victim-survivor filing a claim.

The new Independent Compensation Program for Victim-Survivors of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests is independent from Church control.

The Diocese of Fresno will be reaching out to victims who have previously reported allegations of abuse to alert them to this new program. Anyone who has been abused by a priest as a minor but has not reported is encouraged to contact law enforcement where the abuse took place, prior to applying to the Independent Compensation Program.

According to The Most Rev. Joseph V. Brennan, Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno:

“I have confidence in the steps in place, including the Independent Compensation Program. It is understood that nothing will ever truly compensate for the harm that has been done. Only God has the power to heal the wounds of abuse. However, the Church is working to accompany those and support those who are on the path to healing.”


La Diócesis De Fresno Plenamente Comprometida En Abordar El Abuso Sexual Por Los Sacerdotes

La Diócesis de Fresno toma seriamente la responsabilidad de mantener el ambiente seguro para sus niños. En este momento, la Dra. Kathleen McChesney, ex funcionaria del FBI y sus asociadas están revisando todos los archivos del clero que datan de hace 100 años. La revisión ayudará a la Diócesis a crear una lista de clérigos que han sido acusados creíblemente de conducta inapropiada con menores.

La Diócesis de Fresno también está participando en el Programa de Compensación Independiente para ser administrado por mediadores conocidos a nivel nacional, el Sr. Kenneth Feinburg y la Sra. Camille Biros. A finales de este año, las víctimas y sobrevivientes, incluidos los inmigrantes indocumentados, podrán solicitar una indemnización por abusos cometidos en el pasado, independientemente de cuándo ocurrió el abuso. Los reclamos totalmente completados y documentados se determinarán dentro de los 90 días de que la víctima-sobreviviente presente un reclamo. El nuevo Programa de Compensación Independiente para Víctimas-Sobrevivientes de Abuso Sexual de Menores por Sacerdotes es independiente del control de la Iglesia.

La Diócesis de Fresno contactará a las víctimas que previamente han denunciado acusaciones de abuso para alertarlas sobre este nuevo programa. Cualquier persona que haya sido abusada por un sacerdote mientras fue menor de edad pero que no se haya reportado, se le anima a que se comunique con la policía donde ocurrió el abuso, antes de aplicar al Programa de Compensación Independiente.

Según el Obispo Joseph V. Brennan, Obispo de la Diócesis de Fresno:

“Tengo confianza en los pasos establecidos, incluyendo el Programa de Compensación Independiente. Se entiende que nada compensará realmente el daño que se ha hecho. Sólo Dios tiene el poder de sanar las heridas del abuso. Sin embargo, la Iglesia está trabajando para acompañar y apoyar a los que están en el camino de la sanación”.


Mensaje del Obispo Brennan en SB 24 y SB 360

May 28, 2019

A los fieles de la Diócesis de Fresno y a todos los fieles de buena voluntad: En su enseñanza sobre la participación católica en la vida política, el Catecismo de la Iglesia Católica dice: “Es necesario que todos participen, cada uno de acuerdo a su posición y función, en la promoción del bien común. La […]


Message from Bishop Brennan on SB 24 and SB 360

To the faithful of the Diocese of Fresno and all people of good will: In its teaching on Catholic participation in political life, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “It is necessary that all participate, each according to his position and role, in promoting the common good. The obligation is inherent in the dignity […]


Regarding Care And Concern For Victim/Survivors

May 10, 2019

  A Statement From the Most Reverend Joseph V. Brennan, D.D. I almost don’t know where to begin in terms of trying to express how I truly feel about victim/survivors of abuse who have suffered terribly at the hands of clergy or at the hands of anyone for that matter. I am overwhelmed with an […]


Declaración Del Reverendísimo José V. Brennan, D.DCon Respecto Al Cuidado Y Preocupacion Por Las Victimas /Sobrevivientes

Casi no sé por dónde empezar en términos de tratar de expresar cómo me siento realmente acerca de las víctimas /sobrevivientes de abuso que han sufrido terriblemente a manos del clero o de cualquier otra persona. Me siento abrumado con una inmensa sensación de dolor, casi física, cada vez que escucho que alguien ha sido […]


Declaración del Reverendísimo José V. Brennan, D.D. Obispo de la Diócesis de Fresno

May 7, 2019

La revisión del archivo del clero en la Diócesis de Fresno por la Dra. Kathleen McChesney de Kinsale Management Consulting previamente anunciada comenzó el 30 de abril de 2019. La Dra. McChesney, ex Directora Ejecutiva Asistente del FBI, y su equipo continuarán su revisión durante las próximas semanas en relación con la Fase Uno del […]


Statement From The Most Reverend Joseph V. Brennan, D.D.Bishop, Diocese Of Fresno

The review of clergy files at the Diocese of Fresno by Dr. Kathleen McChesney of Kinsale Management Consulting previously announced commenced on April 30, 2019. Dr. McChesney, a former FBI Executive Assistant Director, and her team will continue their review over the coming weeks as relates to Phase One of the process. Phase Two will […]


A Gallery of Images from the Installation Mass

May 3, 2019


Welcoming Bishop Joe

April 12, 2019

Bishop Brennan was welcomed by a capacity crowd at this years Chrism Mass, held on April 11, 2019 at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.


Bishop Brennan’s Farewell Homily

March 29, 2019

Bishop Joseph V. Brennan gave his farewell homily on the feast of the Annunciation at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles. Brennan will be installed as the sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno on May 2.


Bishop Joseph Brennan – A gallery from the press conference 3/5/2019

March 7, 2019

 


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

March 5, 2019

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,