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.


Rev. Alex Chavez, Pastor

Rev. Pedro de Medeiros Cabral, Parochial Vicar

I was born on the island of São Miguel, in the archipelago of the Azores - Portugal. Drawn by the lifestyle and spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi and primarily attracted by the Franciscan ideal of the privilege of deepening a multisecular history of the Franciscan movement through the Catholic experience of the societies through which the brothers have spawned ideals of PEACE and WELL, at the age of 16 I entered the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor (OFM).

Subsequently, I specialized in Church History from the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome which resulted in my teaching academic and humanitarian research of the Franciscan Order in several universities in Egypt and Turkey. My mission in Africa was completed through my work in the financial administration of a leprosy hospital in Guinea -Bissau. In the U.S., I primarily ministered through Lenten preaching to the Portuguese and Italian immigrant communities in Boston. This ministry opened an invitation to offer pastoral care to the Portuguese communities in the San Joaquin Valley.


For pastoral reasons, the Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno has directed me to Good Shepherd Catholic Parish in Visalia as one of its Parochial Vicars which has been a challenging pastoral experience. As I have always liked challenges, I have humbly committed myself to this new mission in which I find a mature community in the faith which seeks every day to be an active presence of Christ, the Good Shepherd!

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.”

Fr. Henry Aguwa (In-Residence)

Msgr. Rev. John Harguindeguy, (In Residence, Retired)

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Reverend Mr. Russ Bassett

Reverend Mr. Francisco Gomez

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

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


Adriana Noricumbo, CRE

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

Administrative Staff

Henry Medina



Anna Hernandez


Bethlehem Center


Ruben Cabatic

Music Director


Ruthanne Parlier
Administrative Assistant


Patty Call
Liturgy Coordinator


Arnold Lampa
Administrative Analyst



Development Projects

559-734-9522 ext. 120

Eddie Rodriguez
Facilities Manager


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

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


Office Hours


8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Closed for Lunch:

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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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