From the Bishop

Bishop Rojas´ Letter on No on Prop. 1

Peace and well-being to you. We have received news of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health case that effectively overturns Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized the termination of a pregnancy up to minutes before birth. We rejoice at this decision...View PDF: Bilingual (9/24/2022)

Bishop Rojas´ Statement on Violence in Nicaragua

Muy queridos Hermanos: Como Obispo y pastor de esta diócesis, quiero expresar mi solidaridad con el pueblo Nicaragüense, por las preocupantes noticias que han corrido por el mundo, sobre la situación nacional del pueblo creyente en Nicaragua....View PDF: Spanish (8/24/2022)

Bishop Rojas´ Statement on San Antonio and Remain in Mexico

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, My thoughts are with our immigrant brothers and sisters in a special way as we reflect on the events of the past week. Like you, I have been heartbroken at the news of the tragic June 28 deaths of 51 people in San Antonio, Texas....View PDF: Bilingual (7/05/2022)

Bishop Rojas´ Statement on Dobbs v. Jackson

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, We can all agree that God has created every human life in His image. As St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians, "For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them."...View PDF: Bilingual (6/24/2022)

Bishop Rojas´ Statement on Racism

Dear Friends, Peace and wellbeing to you and to your families. “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you…” (Jn 17:21)....View PDF: Bilingual (6/19/2022)

Bishop Rojas´ Statement on the tragic conflict in Ukraine

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Peace and wellbeing to you and your families. We are all witnessing the tragic armed conflict in Ukraine. The fear, violence and loss of life that comes with war surely does not please our God, who hold precious every human life.....View PDF: Bilingual (3/01/2022)

Bishop Rojas issues message of solidarity with Tongan community following tsunami

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, Peace and wellbeing to you and your families. I would like to invite you to join me and many others in prayer and solidarity with the Tongan Communities in our Diocese...View PDF: English (1/26/2022)

Bishop Rojas´ Letter of Continuing Commitment to Child & Youth Protection

Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Our local Church continues to confront the issue of clergy sexual abuse of minors. We have done much over the past two decades to address this terrible sin, putting strong structures and policies in place to prevent it...View PDF: Bilingual (8/16/2021)

Bishop Rojas response to Pope Francis' Apostolic Letter, Traditionis custodes

Peace and well-being to you. Please know of my continued blessings and prayers for you and yours as you journey in our beautiful Catholic faith. May we always keep in our hearts and minds that God walks with us, in both good times and challenging times...View PDF: Statment | Decree (7/27/2021)

Bishop Rojas message on lifting the dispensation from Sunday Mass

As a Diocesan community, we have eagerly awaited the time when our parishes, ministries and schools could safely reopen, in accordance with public health guidelines. Although the risks and impacts of COVID-19 in California have significantly diminished, we are not yet truly in a pandemic-free world....View PDF: English | Spanish (6/16/2021)

Bishop Rojas message to the diocesan community on COVID-19 vaccination

Peace and well-being to you as we enter this time of Pentecost, the moment when our Church went ”public“ with the saving message of Our Lord Jesus Christ. We are beginning to resume more public activities as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic lessen in our Diocese...View PDF: Bilingual (5/21/2021)

Bishop Rojas message of solidarity with asylum seekers

As we complete our Lenten journey this year we see once again the reality of so many thousands of brothers and sisters coming to our Southern border, seeking survival and safety for themselves and their children. They are seeking political asylum in our country and are legally authorized to be here while their cases are being adjudicated...View PDF: Bilingual (4/1/2021)

Bishop Rojas message of support to the Asian Pacific Communities

We give thanks to God for the great gift of diversity that is present in our Diocese. We cherish the varied expressions of our Catholic faith that come from our many cultures....View PDF: Trilingual (3/29/2021)