A Prayer for Vocations

God our Father, in baptism you call your people by name and make us one family in your Church. We praise you for your goodness; we thank you for your gifts. Father, bless your Church with love. Raise up in the Diocese of Fresno good and holy families: loving husbands and wives, devoted parents and children. Raise up from our families dedicated and generous leaders who will serve as priests and religious for your people. Send your Spirit to guide and strengthen them that they may serve your people following the example of your Son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we offer our prayer.  Amen.

Written by: Rev. Msgr. Patrick McCormick
Edited by: Rev. Dan Avila

Padre amado, en el bautismo llamas a tu pueblo por su nombre y los haces miembros de tu Iglesia.  Yo te alabo por tu bondad, y te doy gracias por tus dones.  Padre, bendice a tu Iglesia con amor.  Aumenta en la Diócesis de Fresno las buenas y santas familias, amorosos esposos y esposas, devotos padres e hijos. Aumenta en nuestras familias dedicados y generosos líderes quienes servirán como sacerdotes para tu pueblo.  Envía tu Espíritu para guiarlos y fortalecerlos, para que sirvan a tu pueblo siguiendo. el ejemplo de tu Hijo Jesucristo, en cuyo nombre te ofrezco esta oración.  Amén.

Written by: Martin Barrera
Edited by: Alejandro Barraza


Director of Vocations  Fr. Dan Avila

Fr. Dan Avila is the Director of Vocations for the diocese. He assists those men who are seeking to serve as priests in the Diocese of Fresno. He also helps to develop vocation awareness and …

Permanent Diaconate

Director:  Rev. Mr. John Sousa
(559) 493-2840 (559) 488-7475 fax
[email protected]

Assistant Director of Formation: Rev. Mr. Charles Reyburn
(559) 493-2886
[email protected]

Vocations to the Priesthood

Director: Rev. Daniel C. Avila
(559) 488-7424 (559) 488-7475 fax
[email protected]

Office Assistant: Pat De Ochoa
(559) 488-7424 (559) 488-7475 fax
[email protected]

Office of Worship and Christian Initiation

Director: Rev. Msgr. Patrick McCormick, V.F.
Diocesan Master of Ceremonies:  Rev. Hector Lopez



Nineteen New Deacons

October 5, 2019

On Saturday, October 5th, Most Rev. Joseph V. Brennan, D.D. in Fresno ordained nineteen men to the Sacred Order of Deaons. Family and friends crowded both Holy Spirit Church and a video link in the parish hall.  Those newly ordained as permanent deacons:

  • Rev. Mr. Luis Aguirre
  • Rev. Mr. Fred Ansolabehere
  • Rev. Mr. Russell Bassett
  • Rev. Mr. Edgar Briseno
  • Rev. Mr. Jose Contreras
  • Rev. Mr. Noel Delos Reyes
  • Rev. Mr. Alberto Gomez
  • Rev. Mr. Francisco Gomez
  • Rev. Mr. Cesar Gonzales
  • Rev. Mr. Gary Hunt
  • Rev. Mr. Pete Marquez
  • Rev. Mr. Bryan Martin
  • Rev. Mr. Enrique Medina
  • Rev. Mr. Francis Moore
  • Rev. Mr. Gerardo Perez
  • Rev. Mr. Felipe Daniel Sandoval
  • Rev. Mr. Mark Schultz
  • Rev. Mr. David Torres
  • Rev. Mr. Steven Wright