$9 million for Chapel and other building for Junipero Serra school in Orange diocese

Bishop Vann moves dirt in Rancho Santa Margarita

The following comes from an April 6 story in the Orange County Catholic, the website for the diocese of  Orange. Bishop Kevin Vann blessed the ground at St. Serra Catholic School in Rancho Santa Margarita on Monday, April 3, as students, faculty, donors and city leaders celebrated the groundbreaking of the fourth and final phase of the school. More than 100 gathered on … [Read more...]

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Orange diocese sends immigration precautions to all parishes

You don’t open the door - you ask to see a warrant under the door and you have a right to remain silent

Bishop Kevin Vann has sent a letter to all Diocese of Orange parishes directing them to be prepared in the event of an encounter with immigration enforcement officials at or near a church, school, hospital or clinic. The letter went out after reports of a van believed to belong to Immigration and Customs Enforcement was photographed on the Christ Cathedral campus Feb. 17. It … [Read more...]

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CA dioceses losing staff to bishops’ conference, seminary

Dr. Margaret M. Turek led Oakland's Department of Faith Formation and Evangelization; Rev. Alfred Baca was pastor of St. Columban Church in Garden Grove

Dr. Margaret M. Turek, STD, will be leaving her position as director of the Department of Faith Formation and Evangelization to serve as professor of Dogmatic Theology and director of the Master’s in Arts (Theology) program at St. Patrick’s Seminary and University, Menlo Park. Her resignation is effective April 30. Dr. Turek led the Department of Faith Formation and … [Read more...]

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From cemeteries to vocations

Orange diocese offers 41 ministry and service categories to help parishes meet spiritual and temporal needs of the faithful

The following comes from a November 22 OC Catholic article by Meg Waters: The word “diocese” comes from a late Roman Empire term for a relatively small geographic area governed by a civil authority under the allegiance and direction of the Roman prefect, and ultimately the emperor. It was equivalent to today’s county structure – a civil means of delegating certain aspects of … [Read more...]

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Pope names new auxiliary bishop for Orange diocese

Father Timothy Freyer, 53, currently episcopal vicar for the diocese, gets the nod from Rome

The following comes from a November 23 USCCB press release: WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has named Father Timothy Freyer, 53, episcopal vicar for the Diocese of Orange, California, as an auxiliary bishop of Orange. The appointment was publicized in Washington, November 23, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States. Timothy Freyer was born … [Read more...]

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Bishop of Orange appoints theological consultant

In newly created post, Dr. Pia de Solenni will offer Bishop Kevin Vann advice on questions of doctrine or dogma

The following comes from a September 26 Diocese of Orange press release: The Most Reverend Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, has appointed Pia de Solenni, SThD and associate dean of the Augustine Institute, to serve as the first Theological Consultant to the Office of the Bishop. In this newly created position within the Diocese of Orange, the Theological Consultant … [Read more...]

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Catholic Church in California launches initiative to help immigrants become American citizens

Initiative is part of the Holy Year of Mercy

The following comes from a February 23 Diocese of Orange press release: The Most Rev. José H. Gómez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, will join the Most Rev. Dominic Luong, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Orange, other Bishops and clergy, and parish leaders from across California at Christ Cathedral on February 27, 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., for the launch of a comprehensive … [Read more...]

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