A Christian Community in the Roman Catholic Tradition

St. Ann Roman Catholic Church

Pastor: Rev. Fr. Denis Ssekannyo (375-2110)





Fr. Denis Ssekannyo was born and raised in Uganda. He had all his seminary training in Uganda where he was ordained a priest on August 14, 1999. For 4 years, Fr. Denis concurrently served as Associate Pastor at the historical Namugongo Shrine Parish (where most of the Uganda martyrs were executed in 1885) and for 2 years taught at Vienna College. He came to the United States in August 2003. He obtained a Masters degree in counseling at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles in 2006. From 2007 to 2010 Fr. Denis was "in residence" at St. Francis Church, Bakersfield while pursuing his doctorate. Upon the completion of his doctorate in Educational Administration at the University of the Pacific, Stockton, California, in May 2010 Fr. Denis served as Associate Pastor at St. Francis Church, Bakersfield as well as Vice Principal at St. Francis Parish School. For a year he was the Principal at St. Francis Parish School (2011-2012). He then went back to Uganda to seek his bishop’s permission to return to the Diocese of Fresno. In September 2012 he was assigned to Our Lady of Miracles Church, Gustine as Associate pastor and briefly worked at St. Patrick Church, Kerman before being assigned to St. Ann, Ridgecrest as Parish Administrator.

Fr. Denis enjoys teaching, playing soccer and jogging. He is available for counseling by appointment.

Church Secretary: Brenda Bell (375-2110)

CCD Elementary Coordinator: Lilian Ramirez (375-2110) X 313

CCD High School Coordinator: Jessica Fine (375-2110) X 305

Music Director: Gino La Marca (375-2110)

RCIA Director: Rick Marshall (375-2110) X 310

Facilities Manager & Maintenance: Tom Hire (375-2110)

School Principal: Asteria Galacio (375-4713) 

School Secretary: Debbie Arlow 375-4713

Church Office Hours: 7:30 AM - 3:15 PM, Monday through Thursday, 8:00 AM - 12:00 Noon, Friday