Bishop Madera

Most Reverend Joseph J. Madera, M.Sp.S., D.D.
Third Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno -1980-1991


Bishop Madera was born in San Francisco, California on November 27, 1927. The Bishop's family soon moved to Mexico where he was reared, and at fifteen years of age became a clerical aspirant of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, following two of his uncles into that Order. He was ordained June 15, 1957. He ministered in various locations in both Mexico and California before becoming a pastor in Oxnard in 1970 where he soon established the Hispanic radio program La Hora Catolica, in addition to his numerous pastoral duties.

In 1979, during his tenure as pastor in Fowler, he was appointed
Coadjutor Bishop of Fresno, being ordained Bishop of Fresno on March 4,
1980. Bishop Madera's earlier radio experience in Oxnard impressed him with the power of the media in evangelization, so he took the seminal idea of the diocese starting an educational television station and through his dynamic leadership made it a reality when KNXT Channel 49 broadcast its inaugural program on November 2, 1986. At the time, there were only two other dioceses in the United States with television stations. Today, the station broadcasts 24 hours each day sending the message of the gospel throughout the Central Valley.

On May 28, 1991 Bishop Madera was appointed to the Archdiocese of the Military Services, Washington, D.C.

Bishop Madera passed away on January 21, 2017.