Proclaim the Good News

The Diocese of Fresno's Weekly Newsletter, published every Monday morning.

June 12, 2023


Office of the Bishop

Happy Spiritual Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to all fathers and to our spiritual fathers for answering the call to priesthood.

Our Diocesan Transitional Deacon Ordination

Bishop Brennan invites the Faithful to attend the Ordination of our Transitional Deacons on Saturday, June 17th at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Visalia at 10:30am!

Meet our Ordinands:

  • Mr. Emmanuel Bernal
  • Mr. Herman Cabrera
  • Mr. Jimmy Millan
  • Mr. Jose Padron

Stay tuned at dioceseoffresno.org/transitional-deacon-ordination for more information!

The Priest Retirement Fund:

Words from Rev. Msgr. Michael R. Braun

On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18th this year, every parish in the Diocese of Fresno will take up a second collection for the Priests’ Retirement Fund. This collection assists in caring for the retired priests of the diocese and for the retired priests of the religious communities serving in our parishes.

When I was ordained in 1967, I did not expect to one day retire. Most priests passed away before that time arrived. Our monthly income was less than $100.00 a month, so our required contribution to Social Security was never going to be adequate.

Thanks to the late Bishop John Steinbock and due to the efforts of a late classmate, Msgr. Tom Kleinhans, a Retirement Fund was established for the living expenses of priests who would retire, either at 70 or earlier for health reasons.

Unlike most people who purchase a home and build up equity for a future residence, priests of my day could not afford to do so. So upon retirement, we found ourselves facing housing and living expenses we never expected.

This is the reason the Priests Retirement Fund has proven to be so beneficial to me and for the other retired priests of the Diocese.  

Article by Rev. Msgr. Michael R. Braun

Read the full Story!

Bishop Brennan wishes his Diocesan Staff a Happy Birthday

Office of Communications

Central California Catholic Life Magazine

Out Now!

The Easter/Pentecost edition of our Diocesan Magazine, Central California Catholic Life, is NOW AVAILABLE!

Please check out our digital magazine today and spread the Good News to others!

To read the latest edition, please click here. 

Editor: Sr. Rosalie Rohrer, IHM

Lead Graphic Designer: Alberto Sandoval

Read our Magazine!

Eucharistic Revival

What is Corpus Christi with

Bishop Brennan

A Breakdown of the Feast of Corpus Christi

On Sunday, June 11th - The Feast of Corpus Christi officially marked the beginning of the Year of the Parish Revival as part of the National Eucharistic Revival.

So, what is Corpus Christi? Bishop Brennan gives a quick run-down of the Feast of Corpus Christi, what it stands for and the importance of it.

Watch Here

Office of Catholic Education

Congratulations to the 8th Grade Class of 2023!

St. Anthony's School, Fresno

Courtesy of St. Anthony's School, Fresno

Parish Focus

Blessing of the New Outdoor

Stations of the Cross

Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

Holy Spirit Church in Fresno recently added an outdoor Stations of the Cross!

Last week, Fr. Msgr. Patrick McCormick blessed their new outdoor Stations of the Cross.

What a beautiful blessing!

Courtesy of Holy Spirit Church, Fresno

Diocesan Retreat Centers

Day of Giving 2023

With a Full Heart - June 13, 2023

Join us in supporting St. Anthony Retreat and Conference Center in Three Rivers with a Full Heart on our Annual Day of Giving on Tuesday, June 13 - the Feast Day of St. Anthony of Padua.

All who come to the retreat center, whether it be St. Anthony for adults or Santa Teresita for youth, Christ speaks directly to their hearts. When they leave, they leave with a full heart, burning with the love of Christ. Like the disciples, they leave with hearts full of a divine, burning love and re-enter the world to continue their journey.

The Day of Giving is a special time each year where we ask all of our supporters for a little extra help to create an environment for such powerful encounters with Christ.

Watch a special message from Bishop Brennan here!

Courtesy of Julia Fracker, Marketing & Development Manager

at St. Anthony Retreat & Conference Center

Give a Donation

Jr. High Camp

Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, Three Rivers

There is still time to register for our Jr High Camp!! If you or a loved one have a student they would like to send to camp, contact us!

The last day to register will be June 20th. Scholarships are still available as well! Please see our flyer for more info. Email Luis at [email protected] or Sam at [email protected] with any questions. We hope to see you there!

Courtesy of Sam Rodriquez, Retreat Coordinator at Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center

Register Here!

Office of Formation and Evangelization

Healing Retreat for Victims of Crime

Crime Survivors Ministry

The Crime Survivors Ministry is inviting you to a day of reflection and healing for all victims of crime. 

Join them on a Healing Retreat on Saturday, July 8, 2023 at St. Anthony Retreat Center in Three Rivers. Bishop Brennan will be the celebrant of the Healing Mass.

Space is limited, make sure to register early by contacting Maciel Godburn (559) 325-6888 or email [email protected].

View the Flyer (ENG/ESP)

Catechetical Ministries

The Catechetical Corner

Congress Volunteers Wanted!

To be a volunteer means many things to different people. It could be a way to build community, perhaps it's a rewarding experience that helps you feel more connected to God, for some, it can serve as a calling or as a foundation point to help the greater good. Even youth in our confirmation programs are asked to give of their time and talents.

Volunteering your time and talents does take effort, especially when you feel as if you don’t have any time to spare to begin with, but I have discovered that when you really think about how you spend your time throughout a day, a week, a month, or even a whole year you find that you might have more time than you realized.

This coming October 13, 14, and 15 we will once again be blessed to be able to offer our Diocesan Congress. Our Congress is an event and opportunity for formation and gathering for all the faithful across our Diocese and beyond. In the past, many have believed that it is only an event for catechists or ministry leaders but given the diverse topics and sessions that are offered, along with Holy Mass on behalf of our bishop, it is really an opportunity for gathering, formation, and worship for all who wish to attend.

Article by Roman Flores, Catechetical Ministry Coordinator

View flyer / Register
Read more (ENG/ESP)

Health & Nursing Ministry


Obria Medical Clinics

Obria Medical Clinics is looking for a team of volunteer OB/GYN or Labor and Delivery nurses willing to provide assistance to women within our clinic. We are looking for Registered Nurses or Nurse Practitioners (with active/current certifications/registrations) willing to work one or more days per week for a 3-4 hour shift, to provide patient education and other basic patient assistance.

Obria Medical Clinics is a new, pro-life OB/GYN clinic that provides care to lower-income persons in Fresno. Our provision of care is consistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Our clinic is located at the southwest corner of Fresno and Barstow. If you are interested, please contact Obria at 559-705-6911 or email a statement of interest along with a resume to [email protected] with the subject line NURSE VOLUNTEER.

Prayer of the Week


Event Name



More Info

6-Day Silent Directed Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

June 11 - 17, 2023

View the Flyer

Day of Giving 2023


June 13, 2023

Learn more

Summer Kick-Off Luncheon

St. Agnes Social Hall, Pinedale

June 14, 2023

11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

View the Flyer

Transitional Deacon Ordination

St. Charles Borromeo Church, Visalia

June 17, 2023

10:30 AM

View the Flyer


St. Peter Prince of Apostles, Lemoore

June 24, 2023

5:30PM - 6:45 PM

View the Flyer

Jr. High Camp

Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, Three Rivers

June 26 - 30, 2023

View the Flyer

Retiro de Iniciacion: Bautismo en el Espiriut Santo

St. La Salle School's Cafeteria, Reedley

July 1-2, 2023

7:30 AM

View the Flyer

Healing Retreat for Victims of Crime

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

July 8, 2023

8:00 AM-5:00 PM

View the Flyer

High School Camp

Santa Teresita Youth Conference Center, Three Rivers

July 31-Aug 4, 2023

View the Flyer

Holy Cross Ministries: Jesus' Lessons on Spiritual Warfare

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

August 18 - 20, 2023

View the Flyer

Catholic Night *Rescheduled*

Chukchansi Park, Fresno

August 23, 2023

6:50 PM

Visit Website

Women's Retreat

St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers

September 22 - 24, 2023

View the Flyer

Have Something Special to Share?

We want to know! Share what's happening around our Diocese.

Contact Samantha Mejia, Marketing & Public Relations Specialist at [email protected]


"As God's beloved people we are called in and through the Spirit to live in unity and love and to proclaim the

Good News of Jesus, especially amongst the poor and marginal of our society."

“Como pueblo amado de Dios estamos llamados en y a través del Espíritu Santo a vivir en unidad y amor, y para anunciar la Buena Nueva de Jesús, especialmente entre los pobres y los marginados de nuestra sociedad.”

Diocese of Fresno Shield.png


1550 North Fresno Street

Fresno, CA 93703-3788

Phone: (559) 488-7400

Fax: (559) 488-7464

Facebook  YouTube  Web  Email