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.


KNXT concluira su transmision el 30 de junio de 2020

June 18, 2020


Queridos Hermanos y Hermanas,

Es con gran sentido de urgencia que me comunico con ustedes. Como ustedes recordaran, en 2017 nuestra estacion de television diocesana, KNXT se asocio con Catholic V Boston. Desafortunadamente, KNXT ya no puede mantener sus costos de operacion y concluira su transmision el 30 de junio de 2020. SIN EMBARGO, con su ayuda podemos continuar recibiendo CatholicTV Fresno.

Por favor tome un tiempo para contactarse con su proveedor de cable/satelite, y diganles a ellos que ustedes desean continuar recibiendo CatholicTV Fresno. Ustedes pueden llamar, escribir, o enviar una tarjeta postal que lo encontraran en sus parroquias. Tambien le pedimos que llame a su senador, congresista y/o representante local para hacerles saber que desean seguir recibiendo CatholicTV Fresno durante estos tiempos dificiles.

Aqui estan los numeros de telefonos para sus senadores y representantes locales:

  • Congresista, Jim Costa (Fresno) 559-495-1620
  • Congresista, Kevin McCarthy (Bakersfield) 661-637-1620
  • Congresista, TJ Cox (Bakersfield) 661-864-7736
  • Senadora, Melissa Hurtado (Fresno) 559-264-3070 /(Bakersfield) 661-395-2620
  • Miembro de Ia Administracion, Dr. Joaquin Arambula 559-445-5532
  • Representante, David Nunez 559-773-3861

Ayudenos a continuar ofreciendoles Ia Santa Misa diariamente, el Rosario y otros programas catolicos inspiradores las 24 horas del dia, 7 dias de Ia semana en su casa, y en las casas de cientos de miles de personas en Ia Diocesis de Fresno. Es solo con su ayuda que podremos hacer esto posible.

En Cristo,

Reverendisimo Joseph V. Brennan, D.O.
Obispo, Diocese de Fresno

KNXT Shutting Down Broadcasting June 30

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

It is with a great sense of urgency that I reach out to you. As you may recall, in 2017 our diocesan television station, KNXT, entered into a partnership with Catholic TV Boston (CTV). Unfortunately, KNXT will no longer be able to sustain its cost of operation and will be shutting down its broadcast on June 30, 2020. HOWEVER, with your help we can continue to receive Catholic programming by way of Catholic TV Fresno.

Please take the time to contact your cable/satellite provider and tell them you want to continue to receive Catholic TV Fresno. You can either call them, write them, or send in a postcard that you can find at all parishes. You can do all three if you like. We would also ask that you call your local senator, congressman, and/or representative to let them know that you want to continue to receive Catholic TV Fresno during these difficult times.

Here are the phone numbers for your local senators and representatives:

  • US Congressman, Jim Costa (Fresno): 559-495-1620
  • US Congressman, Kevin McCarthy (Bakersfield): 661-637-1620
  • US Congressman, TJ Cox (Bakersfield): 661:864-7736
  • State Senator, Melissa Hurtado (Fresno): 559-264-3070
  • Assembly Member, Dr Joaquin Arambula: 559-445-5532
  • US Representative, Devin Nunes: 559-773-3861

It is very hard to say ‘goodbye’ to KNXT. It has been such a presence and a blessing through the years. It has been even more of a blessing during this time of pandemic. The timing of such a change is never good or easy. The Diocese simply cannot sustain the operations. This makes your appeal to the providers and politicians even more important. So, help us to continue to bring the Daily Mass, Rosary and other inspiring 24/7 Catholic programming into your home and the homes of hundreds of thousands of others in our beautiful Diocese through Catholic TV Fresno. It is only with your help that we can make that happen. Thank you, and God bless you!

In Christ,

Most Reverend Joseph V. Brennan, D.D. Bishop, Diocese of Fresno

Pastoral Message on Racism

June 3, 2020

The Most Reverend Joseph V. Brennan
Bishop, Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno

This past week has seen so much turmoil and strident conflict in our nation that like many of you, I was shocked and began alternating between being overwhelmed by anger one moment and then by sadness the next.  I did not want to put any of my thoughts on paper until such time as I could be more centered, if that was even possible.  I have failed in that attempt but can wait no longer in saying something.

Recently, the first reading in the daily celebration of the Mass came from the Second Letter of St. Peter.  He spoke about waiting for and even hastening the arrival of the ‘day of God’.  He spoke of our waiting for a, “…new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”  The Spanish translation of the last few words from that quote make it even clearer as they proclaim, “…en que habite la justicia.”  This literally foretells a place where justice dwells.  As Catholic Christians we certainly do not subscribe to ‘heaven on earth’ but we are obligated to ‘hasten’ along the Kingdom just the same, especially when some people are creating a kind of ‘hell on earth’ for themselves and for others.  We are obligated to ‘do’ justice to the best of our ability.  St. Peter offers a suggestion for doing just that.  It involves personal responsibility and deep examination of one’s conscience.  In a word, it involves leaving sin behind as we read, “Therefore, beloved, since you await these things, be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace.”  (2 PT 3:12-15, 17-18)

We are obligated to ‘do’ justice to the best of our ability. St. Peter offers a suggestion for doing just that. It involves personal responsibility and deep examination of one’s conscience. In a word, it involves leaving sin behind as we read, “Therefore, beloved, since you await these things, be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace.” (2 PT 3:12-15, 17-18)

If we are honest with ourselves then we must acknowledge that as a nation, as a people and as individuals, we have not been ‘found without spot or blemish’.  If there is one drop of selfishness coursing through our heart, one drop of prejudice or racism, then we have to look in the mirror, acknowledge it and begin to deal with it.  How we do that remains to be seen and fleshed out but to avoid doing so will set us on a course of repeating some very sad history.  Around the year 1865, our terrible Civil War was winding down at the cost of nearly 400 thousand soldiers on the Union side alone! Among the dead could be counted 40 thousand black soldiers.  At that time the great abolitionist, Frederick Douglass, touched upon the real reason for such sacrifice when he wrote, “The conditions of human associations are founded upon character rather than color.  And since character depends on mind and morals, there can be nothing blameworthy in people thus equal meeting each other on the plane of civil and social rights.”  Fast forward to a very hot August day in 1963 with a huge crowd gathered in Washington, D.C.  The words of Frederick Douglass are ‘echoed’ by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as he proclaims in front of the Lincoln Memorial, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  The fact that Martin Luther King needed to say something so similar to the words of Frederick Douglass after nearly 100 years clearly indicates that even then, we had a long way to go.  I believe in my heart of hearts that we have indeed come a long way since.  I am willing to admit, however, that that may be wishful thinking on my part.  What is clear to me is that during these past few days, we have been painfully reminded that we still have a long way to go.

No, we will get to work and engage in the often messy process of really listening to each other, of not demonizing the ‘other’ whoever they may be, and of responding to, as my favorite President, Abraham Lincoln, once said, “…the better angels of our nature.”

What happened to George Floyd over a week ago was terrible, tragic and cries out for justice.  It is clearly a wake-up call for us all and will hopefully inspire us to be better and do better.  Notice I did not say anything about feeling better.  In fact, what lies ahead of us is not going to feel good at all.  Besides, I have seen enough ‘feelings’ on the streets of America this week to last a lifetime.  No, we will get to work and engage in the often messy process of really listening to each other, of not demonizing the ‘other’ whoever they may be, and of responding to, as my favorite President, Abraham Lincoln, once said, “…the better angels of our nature.”


In Christ,

Bishop Joseph V. Brennan

Reconsagración de los Estados Unidos a la Santísima Virgen María – bajo el titulo de “Maria, Madre de la Iglesia”

April 24, 2020

Mis hermanos y hermanas,
Las dificultades y desafíos de estos días han sido acompañados por muchas bendiciones y oportunidades para que podamos crecer en nuestra fe. He escuchado muchas historias hermosas de muchos de ustedes y cómo sus hogares se han convertido en lugares donde Jesús es verdaderamente bienvenido, celebrado y está presente. Estoy tratando de hacer lo mismo en mi propia casa mientras esperamos reunirnos para celebrar y recibir su VERDADERA PRECENCIA. Bajo el liderazgo del Arzobispo José Gómez, Presidente de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos (USCCB por si siglas en inglés), se nos ha pedido a todos los obispos re-consagrar a nuestro herido y hermoso país al cuidado de María, Madre de Dios.

Algunos de ustedes probablemente saben que nuestro país fue consagrado a la Virgen María hace mucho tiempo. De hecho, en el 6º Consejo Plenario de Baltimore en 1846, los obispos de los Estados Unidos unánimemente eligieron a nuestra Madre Santísima para ser la Patrona de todo el país bajo el titulo de Inmaculada Concepción. ¡Qué hermosa enseñanza! que el Padre Celestial preparó a María para ser la Madre de su Hijo desde el primer momento de su vida terrenal en el vientre de su madre! El Concilio Vaticano II nos enseñó sobre este don cuando escribió, “Enriquecida desde el primer instante de su concepción con el esplendor de una santidad enteramente única, la Virgen de Nazaret es aclamada por su ángel mensajero, como ‘llena de gracia’ (Lucas 1:28) y al mensajero celestial le responde: “He aquí la esclava del Señor, hágase en mí según tu palabra” (Lucas 1:38)” (Lumen Gentium, 56). Años más tarde, cuando San Juan Pablo II hizo su primera Visita Pastoral a los Estados Unidos en 1979, él también confío a los Estados Unidos a la protección de la Madre Santísima. En el Santuario de la Inmaculada Concepción dijo: “Que la esperanza contenida en este misterio prevalezca sobre el pecado y que sea compartida entre todos los hijos e hijas de América, y en toda la familia humana. En un período en el que la lucha entre el bien y el mal, entre el príncipe de las tinieblas y el Padre de la Luz y del amor evangélico es cada vez más grande; que la luz de nuestra Inmaculada Concepción muestre a todos el camino de la gracia y la salvación. Amén.”

Mis hermanos y hermanas como San Juan Pablo II nos recordó que todavía continuamos luchando con todo tipo de problemas. Ahora nos encontramos todavía en un período de lucha con la pandemia. Por favor únanse a mí y a todos los obispos de los Estados Unidos en la re-consagración de nosotros mismos y de nuestra nación a María bajo el hermoso título de “Madre de la Iglesia.” El Arzobispo Gómez dirigirá esta oración de re-consagración el viernes 1 de mayo de 2020, a las 12p.m. PDT. Nuestro personal de comunicaciones nos ayudará a participar a través de varias plataformas de medios sociales. Por favor, comparten esta hermosa oración.

Que Dios les bendiga, siempre y de todas las formas.

En Cristo,
Obispo Joe

Reconsecration of U.S. to Mary – Under the Title “Mary, Mother of the Church”

My Brothers and Sisters,

The difficulties and challenges of these days have also been accompanied by many blessings and opportunities for us to grow in faith. I have heard many beautiful stories about many of you and how your homes are becoming places where Jesus is truly welcomed, celebrated, served and present. I am trying to do the same in my own home too as we all look forward to gathering together to celebrate and receive the TRUE PRESENCE. Under the leadership of Archbishop Jose Gomez, the President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), all of us bishops are being asked to re-consecrate our beautiful and hurting country to the care of Mary, Mother of God.

Some of you might know that our country was consecrated to the Virgin Mary a long time ago. In fact, at the 6th Plenary Council of Baltimore in 1846, the bishops of the United States unanimously chose our Blessed Mother to be the Patroness of the whole country under the title of the Immaculate Conception. What a beautiful teaching! That the heavenly Father prepared Mary to be the Mother of his Son from the very first moment of her earthly life in her mother’s womb! The Second Vatican Council taught beautifully about this gift when it wrote, “Enriched from the first instant of her conception with the splendor of an entirely unique holiness, the virgin from Nazareth is hailed by her heralding angel, as ‘full of grace’ (Luke 1:28) and to the heavenly messenger she replies: ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to your word’ (Luke 1:38)” (Lumen Gentium, 56). Years later, when St. John Paul II made his first Pastoral Visit to the United States in 1979, he too entrusted the United States to the protection of the Blessed Mother. At the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception he said, “May the hope enclosed in this mystery prevail over sin and may it be shared among all the sons and daughters of America and throughout the human family. In a period during which the struggle between good and evil, between the prince of darkness and the Father of Light and of evangelical love is becoming greater, may the light of your Immaculate Conception show to all the way of grace and salvation. Amen.”

My brothers and sisters as St. John Paul reminded us, we still struggle with all kinds of issues. Now we find ourselves still in a period of struggle with the pandemic. Please join me and all the bishops of the United States in re-consecrating ourselves and our nation to Mary under her beautiful title ‘Mother of the Church’. Archbishop Gomez will be leading this prayer of re-consecration on Friday, May 1, 2020, at 12 p.m. PDT. Our communications staff will be helping us to participate through various social media platforms. Please do share in this beautiful prayer.

God bless you, always and all ways.

In Christ,
Bishop Joe

Diocese Opposes Conversion of McFarland Prisons to Immigration Detention

April 21, 2020

United in our Roman Catholic faith, we are still richly diverse in our cultures of origin, languages, customs, and traditions. Most of our parishes and missions celebrate Mass in English and Spanish, but many also conduct worship and education for our Portuguese, Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Hmong, and Iboo speakers. I mention this only to show that our Catholic Church all over the world, and here in the San Joaquin Valley offers them the support and solidarity that they deserve. That is why once again I feel the need to remind you of the Diocese of Fresno’s strong opposition to the effort to convert a shuttered for-profit prison into an immigrant detention center.

Christ is risen! Christ is truly risen!

April 11, 2020

… let the earth rejoice and let us rejoice in the risen Lord. Let us in our own day and age, in this 21st century become witnesses to the resurrection. There are a million ways to do that, but we essentially do that by bearing in our heart an unquenchable joy. And we carry that, maybe, in the depth of our heart when life gets tough, and it’s been tough, and when life gets overwhelming, and it’s been overwhelming, when we have experienced tragedy, and we have. There is always in the depth of our heart a measure of joy that can only come from Jesus himself, that can only come from the assurance that he has been raised from the dead So we carry joy to the office when we can go there, We’ll carry joy back into our churches, when we can gather there. We will carry joy back into our places of work when we go there, if we are not able to go there right now. We will smile more often than we will frown — a simple way to be a witness to the resurrection. (an excerpt from Bishop Brennan’s Easter Vigil homily.)

Un mensaje de Obispo Joseph V. Brennan “Obispo Joe”

February 26, 2020

Mis queridos míos, La mayoría de nosotros, supongo, nos preguntamos qué rápido está pasando este año. Realmente parece que sólo fue ayer cuando celebramos el nacimiento del Señor. En la edición anterior de “Vida católica” (Catholic Life) recuerdo haber compartido con ustedes algunos de mis recuerdos navideños y aquellos con quienes vivo y trabajo saben […]

A message from Bishop Joseph V. Brennan “Bishop Joe”

My Dear Ones in Christ, Most of us, I am guessing, are wondering about how fast this year is going. It really does seem like ‘yesterday’ when we celebrated the Lord’s birth. In the previous edition of ‘Catholic Life’ I remember sharing with you a few of my own Christmas memories and those I live […]

From Bishop Joe Brennan

February 19, 2020

It was just a very short time ago that I had the honor of gathering with some incredible and courageous people. On February 8th, 2020, our wonderful Knights of Columbus in Visalia held a Public Safety Night during which a number of our great first responders, police officers, sheriffs, highway patrol officers and firefighters were […]

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.

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. …

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 […]

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 […]

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.