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.
Good Shepherd Catholic Parish 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
Fr. Lenjenie Arcan
I have always been thankful to the Lord that I was born to a Catholic family. I was born in the province of Capiz in the Philippines and attended Tapaz Central School as a grade school student. I was an altar server, and it was my ministry in the Church that has planted the seed of vocation to the priestly life in my heart. I entered as a minor seminarian at St. Pius X Seminary when I was 12 years old and as a major seminarian at Sancta Maria Mater et Regina Seminarium in the Archdiocese of Capiz.
While discerning for the priestly life, I have never encountered objections from my parents and three sisters, and they have been supportive of my vocation from day one. All of them, except for our youngest sister, who is in the Philippines, live in Bakersfield, CA. I was ordained for the Archdiocese of Capiz by the late Most Rev. Onesimo C. Gordoncillo, D.D. and was assigned at St. Pius X Seminary and Santa Maria Mater et Regina Seminarium as a seminary formator. It was a difficult ministry, having been entrusted with the formation of seminarians who wanted to become priests. Working with other priests in the seminaries for twelve years gave me valuable lessons and have strengthened my faith and hope in the Lord. It was most fulfilling, especially when you see your students get ordained to the priesthood.
On December 12 of 2019, the feast day of the Our Lady of Guadalupe, I immigrated to the United States and was permitted by my bishop that time, His Eminence Jose Cardinal Advincula, D.D., to be a guest priest for the Diocese of Fresno. I was parochial vicar of St. Philip the Apostle Parish in Bakersfield before I came here in the Good Shepherd Catholic Parish in Visalia. Servin the people in the best way I can by assisting them in their sacramental needs has been truly a great blessing for me. Our mutual love for Jesus will always be the guiding force in everything that we do.
God bless us always. Ut in Omnibus Glorificetur Deus (That in all things God may be glorified.)