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Friday, 2 December 2011



The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI yesterday appointed Bishop Armando Xavier Ochoa as the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fresno, California, USA. Bishop Armando Xaviers Ochoa was born on April 3rd 1943. He grew up in Oxnard, California and studied at Ventura College and St. John’s Seminary. He was ordained a priest on May 23, 1970 and served at three parishes in Los Angeles. He later became the administrator of Sacred Hear Parish in Lincoln Heights in 1984.

In December 1987, he was named titular bishop of Sitifis as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles by Pope John Paul II. His consecration was on February 23, 1987 by Roger Cardinal Mahony. He was appointed bishop to the See City of El Paso on April 1, 1996 and installed on June 26 of the same year. During the eleven year span between 1999 and 2009, there were only two ordinations to the priesthood for the Diocese of El Paso. 

Yesterday, the Holy Father appointed his as the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fresno, California, succeeding the late Bishop John Steinbock, who had died of lung cancer in December of 2010. At present, Diocese of Fresno has an area of 91,268; a total population of 2,778,000; a Catholic population of 1,084,000; 166 priests; 46 permanent deacons; and 152 religious.

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