New bishop officially takes the reins of Diocese of Fresno

The Rev. Joseph V. Brennan was officially installed Thursday as the new bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno.

He replaces Armando X. Ochoa, who retired after serving in that position for the past seven years.

Brennan assumes leadership at a time when the institution is in the midst of an investigation to of sexual misconduct by its priest. Officials have said they are examining records dating back to 1922 and plan to release the names of accused priests.

Brennan served as the Episcopal Vicar of the San Fernando Pastoral Region at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and later served as a pastor at St. Linus in Norwalk and Holy Trinity in San Pedro.

There are an estimated 1.2 million Catholics in the eight counties covered by the Diocese of Fresno, which include Fresno, Tulare, Kings, Kern, Inyo, Madera, Merced and Mariposa.

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