Bishop of Orange blesses future Lady of La Vang shrine site

Hundreds attend Oct. 21 Mass and blessing of site on campus of Christ Cathedral that will be home to a $25-million shrine for Our Lady of La Vang, venerated by Vietnamese as a symbol of strength and resilience

Hundreds of Vietnamese Catholics visited the campus of Christ Cathedral Saturday, Oct. 21, to participate in a Mass and witness the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, bless the site that will house a shrine for the Lady of La Vang. A Marian apparition that graced and blessed persecuted Catholics in 1798 in Central Vietnam, the Lady of La Vang is viewed as a symbol … [Read more...]

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Christ Cathedral construction update

Scaffolding will be in place into early next year

The interior of Christ Cathedral has once again been transformed in appearance as construction continues. Nearly 60 construction crewmembers are working in the space each day. Here’s what’s going on now.   – Massive scaffolding has been erected on the east, west and south balconies  – Cleaning and painting of the space frame at the east balcony is now underway  – … [Read more...]

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Contract signed for makeover of Christ Cathedral

A lot going on in Orange diocese this summer...

From workshops and youth retreats to construction work at Christ Cathedral, the Diocese of Orange will be bustling with events and improvements throughout the summer. The biggest thing happening this summer will be the $72 million renovation of Christ Cathedral, the Garden Grove sanctuary formerly known as Crystal Cathedral. Window refurbishments are completed and … [Read more...]

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Diving deeper into the faith through reading

First meeting of recently formed OC Catholic Book Club discusses “Father Benedict: The Spiritual and Intellectual Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI”

Book club is in session. The first meeting of the new OC Catholic Book Club took place at Christ Cathedral’s Freed Theater recently—where all were invited to learn and discuss the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI, just over a week after his 90th birthday. “How can we take what we discuss here back to our communities, families, and parishes? That’s the goal of this inaugural book … [Read more...]

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From small Tijuana restaurant to Christ Cathedral

Cesar Antonio Sanchez will sing Misa Criolla in Orange diocese

The following comes from an April 20 story in Orange County Catholic. Christ Cathedral will present its Spring Choral Spectacular at Christ Cathedral April 28 at 7:30 p.m. Guest soloist César Antonio Sánchez will sing the beautiful Misa Criolla as one of the featured works of the evening.... César began his musical study as a boy chorister at the Church of the Sacred … [Read more...]

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“Like demolishing a Renoir”

Seismic upgrade of iconic Tower of Hope on grounds of Christ Cathedral wins architectural award for its ingenuity, saving the 250-foot-high landmark from demolition

The iconic 250-foot Tower of Hope designed by famed mid-century architect Richard Neutra was honored recently by the prestigious American Society of Civil Engineers for its seismic upgrade work. Recognized as one of Neutra’s historically significant buildings, the Tower of Hope was built in 1968 by the Rev. Robert H. Schuller and immediately became a world-renowned landmark. … [Read more...]

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LA Times architecture critic disappointed by re-design of Crystal Cathedral for Catholic use

"Suggestive of the offices of a high-end law firm"

The following comes from a November 17 LA Times article by Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic: I arrived for a news briefing a few weeks ago inside the stripped-down, renamed Christ Cathedral to find diocese media officials handing out virtual-reality headsets. What we all saw when we strapped those headsets on was a digitized version of the remade cathedral interior … [Read more...]

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St. Callistus transformed into Christ Cathedral Parish

The parish was founded in 1961 with its first Mass celebrated in a roller rink

The following comes from an Orange County Catholic article: At 55 years old and counting, the Garden Grove parish formerly known as St. Callistus is experiencing a rebirth. The parish, founded in 1961 with its first Mass celebrated in a roller rink, has been transformed into Christ Cathedral Parish. As the Mother Church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange — the … [Read more...]

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Bishop orders Christ Cathedral renovation to stay within budget

Eliminates several "wish list" items

The following comes from a September 18 OC Catholic article by Meg Waters: In 2011, the Diocese of Orange was blessed with the opportunity to purchase what is now called Christ Cathedral. According to Cathedral Rector and Episcopal vicar Father Christopher Smith, “We hope that everyone who comes to this campus will experience the love of God in their lives, by how they are … [Read more...]

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The future Christ Cathedral

Virtual reality technology will allow congregants to get a glimpse of the fully renovated Christ Cathedral two years before its scheduled completion

The following comes from a September 6 OC Catholic article: The Diocese of Orange will celebrate its 40-year history on Sept. 18 with an entire day of activities that begin first thing in the morning with a 5k race, and end late in the evening with a much-anticipated concert. While the last four decades will be commemorated, the real focus of the celebration will be on the … [Read more...]

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