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.

News

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 obligación es inherente en la dignidad de la persona humana.” Nuestro país tiene tradiciones nobles de cristianismo qu
e proféticamente influye en la vida política para combatir los males de la esclavitud, el racismo y otros ataques a la dignidad de la persona humana. La Iglesia Católica continúa esta tradición hoy en defensa de todos aquellos que están marginados dentro de la sociedad.

Intentando imitar al Buen Pastor que defiende sus ovejas al acercarse los lobos (Juan 10:11-12), deseo alertar a los fieles de la Diócesis de Fresno sobre dos proyectos de ley que se encuentran actualmente ante la Legislatura de California. El primero es un ataque directo a una vida inocente no nacida a través de una expansión alarmante del aborto por el estado. El segundo es un ataque al Sello Confesional, una infracción sin precedentes y grave de los derechos de la Primera Enmienda de la Iglesia Católica y otros organismos religiosos.

  • SB 24: Esta legislación requiere que el centro de salud de los estudiantes en universidades públicas (CSU and UC) prescriban y distribuyan las píldoras abortivas. El aborto con medicamente es un proceso por el cual una mujer toma una serie de dos medicamentos durante dos días para inducir un aborto espontáneo a las 8 –10 semanas de embarazo. De acuerdo a Food & Drug Administration (FDA), 22 mujeres han muerto a consecuencia de este medicamento, con miles sufriendo graves resultados adversos. Además de facilitar este ataque a la dignidad humana en nuestras universidades estatales, la legislación podría imponer varios costos que serán asumidos por los dólares de nuestros contribuyentes y las cuotas de matrícula de los estudiantes. Tampoco establece los derechos de conciencia del personal de atención médica que trabaja en los centros de salud de CSU y la UC, para que no puedan participar en el aborto. El Gobernador Brown vetó esta legislación el año pasado, pero el Gobernador Newsom ha expresado su intención de promulgar esta ley, en caso de que el proyecto pase por el Senado y la Asamblea.
  • SB 360: El clero católico está legalmente obligado a reportar los incidentes de abuso o negligencia infantil. La Iglesia apoya el mantenimiento de este estatus para sus ministros ordenados, y se dedica a la vigilancia constante en la protección de los menores. Esta legislación; sin embargo, requeriría que sacerdotes católicos reporten los incidentes de abuso o negligencia comunicados durante el Sacramento de Reconciliación. Respetando la confidencialidad durante la confesión es esencial para que la iglesia transmita el amor misericordioso de Jesucristo a los pecadores. Al nivel federal y estatal, la ley estadounidense ha reconocido sistemáticamente el carácter sagrado de las confesiones entre todos los grupos religiosos, no sólo entre los católicos, y proporciona excepciones especiales para proteger a los ministros religiosos de ser obligados a revelar información comunicada en un entorno penitencial. Cualquier medida legal que requiera que los sacerdotes violen el sello del sacramento católico de la confesión es un ataque directo a la libertad religiosa, y una infracción a nuestro derecho de la Primera Enmienda al libre ejercicio de la religión.Exhorto a los fieles católicos del Valle de San Joaquín a llamar a sus legisladores estatales para pedirles que bloqueen estos ataques a la vida y la libertad. Particularmente exhorto a nuestros legisladores del valle –Senadores Andreas Borgeas, Anna Caballero, Melissa Hurtado, y Shannon Grove; y a los Miembros de la Asamblea Jim Patterson, Dr. Joaquin Arambula, Frank Bigelow, Devon Mathis, Rudy Salas, Vince Fong y Adam Gray –para oponerse a estos proyectos de ley desastrosos. También exhorto al Gobernador a vetar estos ataques sin precedentes en contra de la persona humana y la religión.

    Pidamos la intercesión de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, la Emperatriz de las Américas y patrona de los no nacidos, por su intercesión a favor de nuestro estado dorado. ¡Oh María, concebida sin pecado, ruega por nosotros que recurrimos a ti!

    En Cristo,

    Reverendísimo Joseph V. Brennan, D.D.
    Obispo, Diócesis de Fresno


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 of the human person.” Our country has a noble tradition of Christianity prophetically bringing its influence to bear upon political life to combat the evils of slavery, racism, and other attacks on the dignity of the human person. The Catholic Church carries on this tradition today in its advocacy on behalf of all those who are marginalized within society.

Attempting to imitate the Good Shepherd who defends his sheep at the approach of wolves (John 10:11-12), I wish to alert the faithful of the Diocese of Fresno to two bills currently before the California Legislature. The first is a direct attack upon innocent unborn life through an alarming expansion of state-furnished abortion. The second is an attack upon the Confessional Seal, an unprecedented and gross infringement on the First Amendment rights of the Catholic Church and other religious bodies.

  • SB 24: This legislation requires that the student health centers at every CSU and UC campus prescribe and distribute so-called medication abortion. Abortion by medication is the process wherein a woman takes a series of two drugs over two days to induce an artificial miscarriage at 8-10 weeks of pregnancy. According to the FDA, 22 women have died from this medication, with thousands suffering serious adverse outcomes. In addition to facilitating this attack on human dignity on our college campuses, the legislation could impose various costs that will be shouldered by our taxpayer dollars and student tuition fees. It also makes no provision for the conscience rights of healthcare personnel who work in CSU and UC health centers, to allow them not to participate in abortion. Governor Brown vetoed this legislation last year, but Governor Newsom expressed his intention to sign it into law, should the bill pass through the Senate and the Assembly.
  • SB 360: Catholic clergy are mandatory reporters for incidents of child abuse or neglect. The Church supports maintaining this status for its ordained ministers, and is dedicated to constant vigilance in the protection of minors. This legislation, however, would require Catholic priests to report incidents of abuse or neglect communicated during the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Maintaining confidentiality during Confession is essential for the Church to pass on the merciful love of Jesus Christ to sinners. At the state and federal levels, American law has consistently recognized the sacredness of confessional statements among all religious bodies—not just among Catholics—and provides carve-out exceptions to protect religious ministers from being compelled to reveal information communicated in a penitential setting. Any legal measure requiring priests to violate the Confessional seal is a direct attack on the liberty of the Church, and an infringement on our First Amendment right to free exercise of religion.

I exhort the Catholic faithful of the San Joaquin Valley to call their state legislators and urge them to block these attacks on life and liberty. I particularly urge our Valley legislators—Senators Andreas Borgeas, Anna Caballero, Melissa Hurtado, and Shannon Grove; and Assembly Members Jim Patterson, Dr. Joaquin Arambula, Frank Bigelow, Devon Mathis, Rudy Salas, Vince Fong, and Adam Gray—to oppose these disastrous bills. I also call upon the Governor to veto these unprecedented attacks on the human person and religion.

Let us ask the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Empress of the Americas and patroness of the unborn, for her intercession on behalf of our Golden State. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!

In Christ,

Most Rev. Joseph V. Brennan, D.D.


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 immense, almost physical sense of sorrow every time I hear about someone who has been so abused. Abuse is not only a crime against humanity, it is a blatant offense against our Creator because we are children of God, precious in his sight, daughters and sons who are meant to be cherished and protected. Abuse is an intolerable theft of innocence, trust, faith and simplicity.

Our public commentary should be one of support; especially, for potential victims of abuse. It is most disturbing to me that public statements are made that sometime contain vile and filthy language in regards to child sex abuse victims. That kind of language is ugly, mean spirited, dismissive and unacceptable.

I will do my best during my time of service to the Diocese of Fresno to listen to and act from that part of my heart that is mindful of the needs of victims/survivors and to help others to do so.


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,