Jerry DeMelo, Jr. OP



ISRAEL PILGRIMAGE - Feb 2021 moved to OCT 2021



Jerry DeMelo Jr

(559) 960-3245

    Welcome to my website!

Here you will find some of the Catholic ministries that am involved in as a ministry leader or teacher.

I lead Pilgrimages to the Holy Land in the Spring of each year and to Rome in the Fall in even years.

I also teach a weekly Bible Study called The Gospels and I post prior lessons on this website.

Finally, I teach formation classes for future Deacons and am a Life Professed Lay Dominican.   Links of interest to these ministries are also available below.



The Feb 2021 Pilgrimage has been moved to Oct 2021.  Click on the Jerusalem Cross icon for details.   There is a May 2022 Pilgrimage, for which I am making a list of interested persons.  Please contact me if interested after viewing the Pilgrimage details at the icon to the left

I am delighted that you are here visiting this website.

I was raised Catholic, but in my late 30s, I spent some time in the Assemblies of God Church.  It was there that Our Lord touched me with both - a love for the Bible and a prompting to return to the faith of the Apostles.

My passion has been to voraciously study the Scriptures and the Church tradition first penned by the Early Church Fathers who had the Apostles' preaching still ringing in their ears.

I am home once again, with great energy to spread the Truth, who is none other than a person - Jesus Christ  (Jn 14:6)

I teach the Catholic Faith within my Diocese of Fresno in various ministries.

Join me and partner with me in learning more about the Catholic faith.   Perhaps you can join me in walking in His footsteps in Israel, or see the fruit of the Apostolic mission of Sts Peter and Paul to Rome.

I participate monthly in Prison Ministry at Avenal State Prison.  

If you wish information regarding how to be a Detention Ministry Religious Volunteer, I would love to speak to you about it.

My Contact informaton can be found at the bottom of this page.

THANK YOU, for stopping by.

I teach a Bible Study in Visalia, CA at Saint Charles Catholic Church on Tuesday evenings.  We have been covering the Gospel of Luke timeline with a heavy emphasis on the Old Testament for nearly seven years.   You can click on the Gospels icon to the left to see a description of the Study and prior lessons.

I have the great privilege of teaching future Deacons and their wives during their diocesan formation period prior to ordination to Holy Orders.   Previous class PDFs are available by clicking the Deacon Stole icon to the left.


I have been a Life Professed Lay Dominican since 2012.   I am involved in our local chapter that meets in Visalia, CA.   Our website is available by clicking the Dominican Crest icon to the left.


I had to interrupt the process of obtaining a bid for Fall of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.   

I am hoping that another Pilgrimage to Rome can take place in 2022.   Feel free to email me with your interest in this ROME Pilgrimage anytime - just include your name and a telephone number and I will add you to an interested persons list -- and then contact you as information becomes available

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