Fresno Catholic school to close

Declining enrollment, rising debt force St. Helen’s School in southeast Fresno to close its doors at the end of the school year

St. Helen’s School in southeast Fresno will close its doors at the end of the school year after 60 years of teaching children in the community. The school, which has faced declining enrollment, has struggled over the last seven years to cover the cost of employee benefits, incurring about $850,000 in debt to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno, which has been covering the … [Read more...]

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Stolen items returned to Fresno bishop

A crosier, oil stock and a ritual book -- all used for confirmations -- were stolen out of Bishop Armando Ochoa’s vehicle while he was eating lunch in Los Banos on Sunday, March 12

Religious items stolen from Bishop Armando Ochoa of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno were found and returned to St. Joseph’s Church in Los Banos in good condition on Wednesday. The items – including a crosier, oil stock and ritual book, all used to celebrate confirmations – were stolen out of Ochoa’s vehicle while he was eating lunch in Los Banos on Sunday on the way to … [Read more...]

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Fresno-based Catholic TV station KNXT is for sale

As first step in possible switch to different method of distributing videos, the diocese's TV station has been listed with a broker at an asking price of $2.5 million

The next casualty in the social media explosion could be KNXT (Channel 49.1), the local television station owned and operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno. As the first step in a possible switch, the TV station has been listed with a broker at an asking price of $2.5 million. Colin Dougherty, KNXT general manager, said listing the TV station with a broker is a way … [Read more...]

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Mary statue in California appears to weep miraculous tears

Bishop Ochoa says pastoral guidance will be offered to family that owns the statue

The following comes from a May 11 Catholic News Agency article by Mary Rezac: A statue of the Virgin Mary in Fresno, Calif. appears to be weeping miraculous tears, according to witnesses. The family that owns the statue says the tears have been coming and going for about the past year and a half. According to witnesses, the tears appear to well up in Mary’s right eye … [Read more...]

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Ex-priest pleads guilty to possession of child porn in Los Banos

Fr. Robert E. Gamel sought and found nude photo of teen boy; reported to police by diocese

The following comes from a March 11 Fresno Bee article by Rob Parsons: A former Catholic priest in Los Banos pleaded guilty Friday to possession of child pornography, the Merced County District Attorney’s Office confirmed. The Rev. Robert E. Gamel, 65, is the former head of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Los Banos, and was commonly known throughout the city as “Father … [Read more...]

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Fresno diocese consolidates parishes

'A new unified Catholic community'

The following comes from a January 29 Visalia Times-Delta article by Juan Villa: A process that began more than seven years ago concluded earlier this month with the consolidation of the Catholic parishes in Visalia and Goshen into one entity: The Good Shepherd Catholic Parish. The newly named parish replaces the current title, The Catholic Church of Visalia. “They … [Read more...]

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After much prayer, Our Lady of Miracles avoids closure

Chandra Brace, Gustine resident and administrator, will be new principal

The following comes from a July 29 Merced Sun-Star article by Brianna Vaccari: Our Lady of Miracles Catholic School in Gustine will stay open, church officials confirmed. Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno and Office of Catholic Education announced the decision to leave the school open late Tuesday, reversing actions taken a week ago to shutter the decades old religious … [Read more...]

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