Project Fidelium

Strategic plan for Diocese of Orange under development, aims to fix lack of a unified vision, unplanned decision-making and limited interdepartmental cooperation

Bishop Kevin Vann (image from Orange County Register)

A comprehensive strategy is being crafted to strengthen Catholic culture in Orange County and propel the growth of the Diocese of Orange far into the future.

The Diocese’s strategic plan, called Project Fidelium, comes as the dedication of Christ Cathedral approaches and Catholic parishes in Orange County continue to welcome new parishioners.

Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, created the initial framework for Project Fidelium in 2016, the 40th anniversary of the Diocese of Orange.

“Our Diocese began a careful period of discernment about the future of our Church and how best to ensure we are prepared to meet the current and future needs of the faithful,” Bishop Vann said. “We as a family of faith are blessed with growth, vibrancy and the gift of the Holy Spirit. However, our Church faces challenges in caring for our growing flock, meeting the needs of a diverse population, and shining the light of Christ within an ever darkening culture.”

The name Project Fidelium stems from Bishop Vann’s episcopal motto: In fide et deleccione in Christo Iesu: In the Faith and Love in Christ Jesus.

“I felt Project Fidelium an apt name for this effort – focused on faith and the faithful of our Diocese,” he added.

The initiative is a proactive and trailblazing approach empowering diocesan leadership to tackle organizational challenges and setting a clear path forward for the Catholic community in Orange County. For decades, the Diocese’s continued growth led to challenges common to large organizations with thousands of stakeholders spread across a large and diverse geographical area – a lack of a unified vision, unplanned decision making and limited interdepartmental cooperation.

Project Fidelium seeks to remedy those issues by creating and communicating a unified vision across the Diocese, empowering front-line decision makers and increasing collaboration between the Pastoral Center and its 56 parishes.

Full story at Orange County Catholic.

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  1. If the program is good, the question is—will there be more than a handful of priests willing to implement it?

  2. The focus of entire Church should be on education as we have two generations that do not even know how to say the rosary

    • A few things…
      A few years ago, a priest of the diocese told me that he estimated that 60% of the priests were homosexuals. No wonder another priest actually said he hadn’t heard of the Sins that Cry to Heaven for Vengeance.
      Went to the diocesan library a while back and asked for any information they had on the Sacred Heart. I was told they had nothing and that it sounds like an East Coast devotion!
      A Catholic school principal, believing that computers would set everyone free, actually said that it was a waste of time to memorize times tables and Catholic prayers because they can be found on-line!
      Heaven help us all (and the generations to follow).

    • Hear, hear, Lockwood!

  3. St. Christopher says:

    Huh?? Lots of words signifying what? A unified vision to adopt the already existing True Faith and implement a better pathway toward salvation?

    No!! Better to work about “diversity” (can be even more “respectful” to homosexuals and their perversions be far behind?). Bishop Vann needs to seriously consider what his position demands. We truly do have a “darkening culture” (but not likely for the reasons he is considering). The devil is at work. Time to fight.

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