‘Our diocese has been hit hard’

As fires devastate Northern California, Santa Rosa Bishop Robert Vasa sends updates and messages of support from his car in between visits to evacuation centers

While firefighters in northern California are currently battling 17 wildfires in five counties, Bishop Robert Vasa of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, one of the hardest hit areas, is typing updates and messages of support from his car, in between visits to evacuation centers. “Our diocese has been hit hard, as you know well, and is in an ongoing state of uncertainty,” he said in … [Read more...]

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Bishop Vasa joins pro-lifers outside Santa Rosa abortion clinic

Bishop Soto and five other bishops scheduled to participate later in "Jericho March" around state capitol in Sacramento

The Missionary Image is an actual (4′ x 6′}, authentic replica of the original Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe enshrined in the Basilica in Mexico City. In 1991, in response to a special request of St. John Paul II, the Bishops of Mexico blessed and commissioned the Missionary Images to bring conversions, reverence for life, sanctity of the family, and solidarity to … [Read more...]

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Bishop Vasa moved out of house to make way for nuns

And now his house is too small

  The following comes from a recent post on the website of the Santa Rosa diocese. The Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa had their beginnings in Spokane, Washington. Their religious community was in the midst of a reorganization and the sisters found themselves in need of new diocesan sponsorship. Bishop Robert Vasa of the diocese of Santa Rosa heard of their need … [Read more...]

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Don’t panic. I will not insist on a door-to-door campaign this year.

The following was posted on the blog of Bishop Robert Vasa in late May. Since becoming the ordinary for the Diocese of Santa Rosa, I have done a fair bit of driving along our roads, and I am continually amazed at the rugged beauty of the countryside. Additionally, everywhere I go in the diocese, I typically find a warm group of people, eager to serve the Lord, eager and … [Read more...]

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Oakland’s morals clause kicked in May 9

Over the past month, CalCatholic has documented the presence of questionable employees in the San Francisco archdiocese high schools. Across the bay, Oakland's new bishop, Michael Barber, the first bishop appointed by Pope Francis, has joined the battle. on April 7, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on a new initiative of the bishop: adding a morals clause to the contracts … [Read more...]

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Courage sponsors ex-homosexual porn actor Joseph Sciambra

The following comes from a Mar. 6 story in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. A former gay-porn actor who says his Catholic faith saved him from a world of pornography, homosexuality and the occult is scheduled to make a presentation today in Santa Rosa to a religious group called Courage, an apostolate of the Catholic Church that ministers to people with same-sex … [Read more...]

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Marian sisters come back to the Church

The following comes from a Jan. 22 story by Jim Graves in Catholic World Report. In Northern California, the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa are preparing to receive their first three postulants on February 2. The new community of four perpetually professed sisters was established as an Association of the Faithful in 2012. Their charism includes intercessory prayer for the … [Read more...]

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Bishop Vasa on sexual sinners: I don’t judge them

The following comes from a Sept. 20 story in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Santa Rosa Catholic Bishop Robert Vasa said Friday that Pope Francis has challenged him and other church leaders to become more “pastoral” in their work, but is not asking them to abandon the Church's moral teachings about the sins of homosexuality, abortion and birth control. Vasa's comments came … [Read more...]

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