Leadership

Good Shepherd Catholic Parish is a diverse parish and is part of the Diocese of Fresno governed by the Bishop.  At the Parish, governance is led by our Pastor, along with support from our priests, deacons, staff, and various councils made up of parishioners. We engage parishioners and school families in the day-to-day work of our ministries.

Priests
 

Rev. Alex Chavez, Pastor

I am originally from the east coast of Mexico, the City of Matamoros, in the State of Tamaulipas, Mexico. It is situated across Brownsville, Texas. I am the youngest of eleven, thirteen, including mother and father. My family and I immigrated from in 1980 and settled in the City of Porterville. I was only 7yrs old at the time. I attended Belleview Elementary from 2nd grade thru 6th. I then attended Bartlett Middle School and graduated from Porterville High School in 1991. I was then blessed with the opportunity to attend Fresno State University, where I majored in Civil Engineering in the fall of 1997.

 

I worked approximately 8 years as a Civil Engineer for the California Department of Transportation. I worked in three of their units, they are: Construction, Project Management, and Design. The last project I worked on was the preliminary design work of the 6 mile stretch of Highway 101 in the City of Prunedale, where 156 and 101 merge.

 

I started discerning this awesome call to the priesthood months after I had graduated from college, and as I was working as an engineer.  I finally responded to our Lord’s call to follow Him as a priest and entered priestly formation in 2006.

 

I attended St. John’s Seminary, in Camarillo, Ca. I was ordained a priest in 2012 and since I have and continue to be extremely honored, grateful, and joyful to have received and responded to our Lord’s invitation to serve him as an ordained priest.

 

My first priestly assignment was in Merced at Sacred Heart parish, which I refer to as my first love. 10 months after a need arose in Huron, Saint Francis Cabrini parish, and I was sent by our bishop there. I served there for 1yr and 3 months until another need arose and bishop assigned me here to the beautiful City of Visalia as associate pastor.

 

It was a great joy to have worked with Fr. Eric for 2 yrs here at Good Shepherd Catholic Parish. I then was asked by bishop Armando to be rector of St. John’s Cathedral. I was there for the last 3 years. I was asked by Bishop Brennan to be the pastor of this our parish. I have only been ordained for 8 yrs and my experiences have been beyond all my expectations. I praise God our Father for that. I return to you as your pastor with great enthusiasm and joy. I know the challenges ahead are monumental, but with God not insurmountable. Together, guided by God’s infinite grace, we will accomplish that which our Lord through his Church asks of us.

 

Rest assured of my daily prayers for each and everyone of you, my dear parishioners. I ask for your continual prayers as well.

 

May God continue to bless, guide, and protect us all, Fr. Alex Chavez 

Rev. Victor Hernando

Father Victor came to Good Shepherd Parish in 2015 from his home diocese in Laoag, Philippines. Before coming to our parish, he served as a pastor for eight parishes since his ordination in 1982.

 

Father Victor’s family immigrated to the United States around the same time of his ordination, settling in the Bakersfield area. Since then, he has vacationed in California regularly getting to really know the Diocese before moving to Visalia.

 

Father Victor moved to Visalia with this priestly vision: “Guided with the principles of unity, generosity and volunteerism, I envision a priest who is a disciple and a servant in solidarity with the bishop and with on another (other priests) and with the poor. As a servant leader, my mission is to accompany the people towards an encounter with God and experience the joy of journeying with a community of disciples.”

 

“I invite you to journey with me in the realization of my dream; by doing so we are building the Body of Christ. We are the church: ONE GOD, ONE FAITH, ONE CHURCH, under the leadership of our pastor.”

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Deacons

Reverend Mr. Russ Bassett

Reverend Mr. Francisco Gomez

Deacon Gomez was born and raised in a Catholic family in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Happily married since 1996 with two beautiful daughters, he works as a Realtor serving Tulare, Kings and Fresno counties. Deacon Gomez responded to God’s call to service, right before he got married through an evangelization retreat he attended. Right after the retreat, he got involved in the Church, serving in different ministries throughout the years. Through the service in those ministries, he has developed a personal relationship with God, who has formed and shaped his faith, taking him to the Deaconate in 2019. Faith and family are what is most important in his life.

El Diácono Gómez, nació y creció en una familia católica en Aguascalientes, México. Esta felizmente casado desde 1996 y tiene dos hijas hermosas. Trabaja como agente de bienes y raíces sirviendo los condados de Tulare, Kings y Fresno. El Diácono Gómez respondió al llamado de Dios a servir, justo antes de casarse, a través de un retiro de evangelización al que asistió. Después del retiro, se involucró en la Iglesia, sirviendo en diferentes ministerios a través de los años. A través del servicio en esos ministerios, a desarrollando una relación personal con Dios, el cual lo a ido formando en su fe, llevándolo al Diaconado en 2019. Su fe y su familia son lo más importante en su vida.

Reverend Mr. Paul Hernandez

Deacon Hernandez was ordained a Deacon of the Diocese of Fresno on his birthday in 2003 after many years of faithful involvement at Holy Family Church. “As a servant for the people, I am here to serve them in any way I can, 24 hours a day. May God bless each one of you.”

Reverend Mr. Gary Hunt

Deacon Hunt began serving as a Deacon in October 2019. He has a Bachelor's degree in Criminology from California State University, Fresno and has worked in local Law Enforcement for 30 years. He has also worked as an instructor at local police academies. He has been married since 1990 and has 3 children and 5 grandchildren... and counting. He has a passion for evangelization and answering questions about Catholicism.  

Reverend Mr. Henry Medina

Deacon Medina attends to the needs of the parish through prayer, service, liturgy, and administration. He is uniquely qualified to serve as administrator, with a degree from USC, an MBA from Woodbury University, and attended the UCLA Executive Program and the Darden School of Business.

Reverend Mr. Rick Miller

Ordained on January 13, 2007, Deacon Miller comes from a background rich with Catholic devotion. Raised in a home that faithfully supported the priesthood, he moved to Visalia after college and with his wife began serving St. Mary’s Church for years before beginning his studies in the Diaconate program.

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Religious Education Staff

Ana Navarro

Director of Catechesis for Children

559-734-9522

Adriana Noricumbo, CRE

Coordinator of A Family of Faith & Spanish Catechesis for Children
(559) 733-3929

 
Administrative Staff

Henry Medina

Administrator

559-734-9522

Anna Hernandez

Supervisor

Bethlehem Center

559-734-1572

Ruben Cabatic

Music Director

559-734-9522

Ruthanne Parlier
Administrative Assistant

559-734-9522

Patty Call
Liturgy Coordinator

559-734-9522

Eddie Rodriguez
Facilities Manager

559-734-9522

Parish Office
506 N. Garden St.
Visalia, CA  93291

(559) 734-9522
(559) 734-3435 FAX

 

Office Hours

MONDAY-FRIDAY

8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Closed for Lunch:

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

SATURDAYS
9:00 AM - Noon

We encourage you to contact us with a question or a suggestion, please call our Parish Office listed above or submit a comment form. We will process your request promptly. Thank you and God bless

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