The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno moved quickly to fill a vacancy in its administration after Pope Francis promoted Monsignor Myron C. Cotta as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento.
Cotta, a native of Dos Palos, had served in the Fresno diocese for 26 years. His promotion was announced Jan. 24 by the Fresno diocese. Cotta's installation service in Sacramento will be March 25.
Last week, the Fresno diocese announced Monsignor Raymond C. Dreiling, pastor of the Catholic Church of Visalia, will succeed Cotta as diocesan vicar general or administrator, effective March 17.
Dreiling has served in the diocese since his ordination to the priesthood in 1975.
Since April 2008, he has served as pastor of the Catholic Church of Visalia, a merged community of four churches: St. Mary's, Holy Family and St. Charles Borromeo, all in Visalia, and St. Thomas the Apostle in Goshen.
As vicar general, Dreiling will work closely with Bishop Armando X. Ochoa and other members of the Diocese of Fresno administration, leading the diocesan offices and ministries in fulfillment of Ochoa-designated pastoral goals and objectives.
"I look forward to serving the bishop, all the clergy and people of the diocese, trusting completely in God's grace and mercy," Dreiling says in a news release. "This is a ministry I never anticipated, but I accept it with joy and enthusiasm."
Details: (559) 488-7400.
Interfaith youth event features Rumi poetry
The Islamic Cultural Center of Fresno is reaching out to the community, working with St. Paul Newman Center to present an interfaith youth gathering.
The event, focusing on Sufi poet Rumi's writings, is at noon March 15 at St. Paul Newman Center, 1572 E. Barstow Ave. Youths, ages 9 and older, will be asked to write verses of Rumi's poetry in different languages.
Refreshments will be provided.
Details: (559) 297-9535.
Synagogue to celebrate Purim holiday
The area's Jewish community is preparing to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim — and with some fun.
Purim commemorates the deliverance of Jews by Queen Esther from a massacre plotted by Persian vizier Haman.
Temple Beth Israel, the central San Joaquin Valley's largest Jewish congregation, will celebrate with its Purim Spiel — "Megillah Mia!" — at 7 p.m. March 15. The play, by Norman Roth, re-enacts the Purim story and pokes fun at the villain.
Temple Beth also will host its Purim Carnival at noon March 16.
Both the spiel and carnival are at the synagogue, 6622 N. Maroa Ave.
Details: (559) 432-3600.
Buddhist lecture deals with handling stress
How do Buddhists handle stress in their lives?
The Rev. Dr. Shoyo Taniguchi, a minister emeritus with Buddhist Churches of America, is coming to Fresno to speak on the topic of stress at a Spring O-Higan Lecture event from 9:30 a.m. to noon March 15 at the Fresno Dharma Family Center, 2690 E. Alluvial Ave.
Taniguchi's lecture is on "How Can Buddhists Deal with the Stresses of Life-Events and Daily Hustles?"
Taniguchi has a doctorate in philosophy from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She most recently served at Southern Alameda County Buddhist Church in Union City.
The free event is open to the public. It is sponsored by the Iwatsubo family and the Fresno Betsuin Temple education and propagation committee.
Details: (559) 442-4054.
Radio show host to speak at Catholic event
A current Catholic radio host will speak at the Catholic Professional and Business Club of Fresno breakfast meeting at 7:15 a.m. Friday, March 14, at Pardini's, 2257 W. Shaw Ave.
Jesse Romero has a one-hour call-in show — "Reasons for Faith" — on EWTN Radio. He also is a former middleweight kick-boxing champion. He often talks about falling away from and coming back to his Catholic roots.
Details: www.cpbcfresno.org or 434-2722.
Horse therapy ranch plans fundraiser event
Jack Hannah and The Sons of the San Joaquin, as well as Wilbur Daniels with The Chordsmen, will perform in the Heart of the Horse Therapy Ranch fundraiser event at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at Peoples Church, 7172 N. Cedar Ave.
Special guests are the Rev. Jim Franklin, pastor of Cornerstone Church in downtown Fresno, and Alan Autry, an actor and former Fresno mayor.
The Heart of the Horse Therapy Ranch in Clovis has a mission to help exceptional Valley citizens achieve new heights and discover new abilities through supervised therapeutic equestrian activities. The ranch is at 14335 Academy Oaks Lane.
The event costs $15. Those ages 12 and younger are free.
Details: www.heartofthehorseranch.com or (559) 297-7100.
Immanuel Lutheran hosts smorgasbord
The 59th edition of the Danish Smorgasbord and Country Store Boutique is today (Saturday, March 8) at the Immanuel Lutheran Church social hall, 5955 S. Elm Ave. in Easton.
The Country Store Boutique, featuring fresh-baked cookies, breads, jellies and jams as well as handcraft items, opens at 3:30 p.m.
The smorgasboard dinner, featuring a variety of Danish specialties as well as American favorites, is 4-7 p.m.
Cost is $12 for adults. The cost for children is 50 cents per year through age 10.
Details: (559) 237-7909.
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