Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish and School has announced its new pastor.

The Rev. Hector Lopez is taking over the position from Bert Mello, who died in March at the age of 64.

Lopez was born in Veracruz, Mexico, and entered seminary in 1998 in Xalapa, Veracruz. After completing his studies, he joined the Diocese of Fresno in 2004.

In 2005, he began his theological training at Pontifical Gregorian University while a student at the North American College in Rome. Upon completion in 2008, he returned to the diocese and was assigned to St. Helen’s Parish in Fresno.

Lopez was ordained to the priesthood in 2010 at St. John’s Cathedral in Fresno. After his ordination, he was named associate pastor of the cathedral. In 2012, he was assigned to St. Philip’s as their associate pastor. In 2014, he was named pastor of Saint Peter Prince of the Apostles Church and Mary Immaculate Queen School in Lemoore.

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The "Families Belong Together" march will take place in downtown Bakersfield as part of a group of rallies nationwide at 10 a.m. Saturday, from the ICE offices at 800 Truxtun Ave. to the Liberty Bell at the corner of Truxtun and Chester avenues.

The public is invited to join the local community march to spread awareness about the Trump administration's immigration policy that separates children from their parents.

According to a coalition of groups ranging from NextGen California to the California Nurses Association, the president's executive order to end the practice is not enough to resolve what the coalition calls a crisis.

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