Learn More About Our Pastor & Our Bishop:
Monsignor Craig Harrison
Monsignor Craig F. Harrison has been a Roman Catholic priest since 1987. He was born and raised in Bakersfield, where he still resides today. He graduated from Bakersfield High School and attended U.C.LA., where he graduated with a degree in Business and Economics, with a minor in Psychology. He also attended the Seminary at St. Johns in Camarillo and received a Master’s Degree in Divinity.
Msgr. Harrison has been the Pastor of St. Francis Church in Mojave, and St. Joseph Church in Firebaugh. He is currently the Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, his hometown Parish. He was honored to receive the title of Monsignor by Pope Benedict on May 11, 2008.
In his ministry of over 30 years, Msgr. Harrison has worked closely with families who have experienced the death of a child. He is both a parent and grandparent by adopting children before entering his ministry to the Priesthood.
Msgr. Harrison founded St. Faustina’s Maternity Home for unwed mothers and St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Center in Bakersfield. He serves as a Chaplain for The Kern County Sheriff’s Department and Bakersfield Police Department. He is a foster care advocate and is the 2010 recipient of the Bishops Award for Catholic Charities.
Msgr. Harrison is the author of “Angel Girl”, a children’s book based on a true story about a young girl who endured two years of cancer treatment “Pax Et Bonum” a book of Monsignor’s reflections on his journey through Assisi.
Bishop Joseph V. Brennan, D.D.
On May 2, 2019, The Most Reverend Joseph V. Brennan was installed as Sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno.
Bishop Brennan is the Episcopal Vicar of the San Fernando Pastoral Region, one of the five Pastoral Regions in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He was appointed Titular Bishop of Trofimiana and Auxiliary Bishop in 2015.
Bishop Joseph Brennan received a B.A. in Philosophy from St. John’s Seminary College, in 1976 and a Masters in Divinity from St. John’s Seminary Theologate in 1980.
After his ordination to the priesthood, he served as associate pastor at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Los Angeles, St. Linus in Norwalk and at the Cathedral of St. Vibiana in Los Angeles. Later on, he was a pastor at St. Linus in Norwalk and Holy Trinity in San Pedro. After becoming Moderator of the Curia, he was in residence at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and at Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church.
He has been a Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus in California, a member of the Council of Priests and the College of Consultors of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and also sits on the Board of the Catholic Education Foundation, the Williams Charitable Trust, and Together in Mission, and Served as Moderator of the Curia for the Archdiocese of