Bishop Armando Ochoa from the Diocese of Fresno blessed the future site of a Catholic church located on the southwest corner of Ashlan and Thompson avenues.

The new church is called the Devine Mercy Catholic Parish, the parish was founded in 2016.

This is the 90th parish within the Fresno Diocese. 

The architect behind the project, Anthony Grumbine, says they were inspired by a number of other Catholic churches in California.  

“This church is inspired by the Catholic heritage in California from the missions and so that it is where it gets a lot of the origin from and inspiration,” says Anthony Grumbine. 

The church will be roughly 22,000 square feet and the budget for the project is $9 million. 

A ground breaking was held Friday where Bishop Armando Ochoa blessed the outline of the future building..

The parish right now celebrates mass in a multi-purpose room at Clovis East High School, he says the area needs this. 

“It is great to be able to bring people together,” says Bishop Armando Ochoa, “but to know the light at the end of the tunnel the beautiful design for Devine Mercy Church brings an added sense of hope and and centrality enthusiasm.”

They expect to begin construction within a year or two says Father Craig Plunkett.

He says it is difficult to get a new church built, so seeing this start is heart warming. 

“There has been very little opportunities for new churches to be built because it takes so long and a lot of money, Bishop John said we need another Catholic church in Clovis we only had one for years a and years,” says Father Craig Plunkett.