Social Justice Ministry

  • Represents the diocese at state meetings of Diocesan Social Action Directors
  • Presents Peace and Justice Programming for KNXT-TV Channel 49/38.
  • Assists in forming Diocesan Legislative Networks.
  • Coordinates the California Catholic Conference of Bishops’ Annual Catholic Advocacy Day.
Director  Jim Grant


Election Forum at Newman Center

October 22, 2018

300 local voters attended a candidates night October 17 at St. Paul Catholic Newman Center.

Mass with Sun-Maid strikers in Kingsburg

September 25, 2018

The mass was celebrated Monday September 24, 2018 by Fr. Guadalupe Rios, Pastor of St Joseph Church, Selma.  Union members ratified a new contract with Sun*Maid  Tuesday, September 25.

Daniel O. Connell, Ph.D.

September 21, 2018

Looking at Social Justice #3

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