Whole Person Care Initiative developed to counter California’s assisted suicide law

Diocese of Orange has emerged as a state leader in moving the initiative forward

It is one of the more difficult problems in Catholic healthcare – to see parishioners suffering at the end of their lives and seeking surcease from the pain. While the Church teaches that each person has love and worth until the end, sometimes that last stretch can be the most difficult to manage, for the patients, their loved ones, caretakers and the Church. At such times, … [Read more...]

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“The faith we all share”

At 7 p.m. on March 16, the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland will be the starting point of four years of commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Filipino Catholic Evangelization

A journey of four years begins with Mass — and a fiesta celebration. At 7 p.m. March 16, the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland will be the starting point of four years of commemoration of the 500th anniversary of Filipino Catholic Evangelization. Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, will celebrate the Mass, with the Filipino priests of the Diocese of Oakland … [Read more...]

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Why is Christ Cathedral Academy seeing increase in school enrollment?

Diocese of Orange school has grown by 18% since the school opened in 2014

As Catholic schools decline across the country, with rapid school closures and a shrinking student body, the Diocese of Orange is defying the trend. Nationwide, more than 1,000 Catholic schools have closed since 2006, a 14% decrease, and enrollment has dropped by more than 400,000, a 17% loss, according to data from the National Catholic Education Assn. But at Christ … [Read more...]

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God is not watching us from a distance

Orange diocese Bishop Vann's Christmas Eve homily

The following comes from a Dec. 25 posting on the website of the Diocese of Orange. These days for me – as for most of us – bring a flood of memories from the realms of our lives and Christmases past. I was thinking of my maternal grandparents a lot these days, and how we would always go there on Christmas Eve – usually in bad weather – and would proudly receive a new set of … [Read more...]

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Unsung hero

Joan Dressler has been cook at Orange diocese's House of Prayer for Priests for the last 30 years

Joan Dressler knows the name of just about every priest in the Diocese. That’s because she’s been the warm smile that has greeted every seminarian on a required pre-ordination retreat and visiting priests entering the kitchen at House of Prayer for Priests for the last 30 years. “She would meet all of them when they were just about to be ordained. She’s a very motherly person … [Read more...]

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Dominic Luong, first Vietnamese-born Roman Catholic U.S. bishop, dies at 77

Luong was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Orange diocese by Pope John Paul II on April 25, 2003; he died from a lengthy illness on Wednesday, Dec. 6

The Most Rev. Dominic Luong, who held the distinction of being the first native-born Vietnamese Roman Catholic bishop in the United States and made his mark ministering to refugee and immigrant communities nationwide, died from a lengthy illness on Wednesday, Dec. 6. He was 77. Luong was appointed auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Orange by Pope John Paul II on April 25, … [Read more...]

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Ordination scheduled for Orange diocese’s new auxiliary bishop

Bishop-elect Thanh Thai Nguyen to be ordained December 19 at St. Columban Church in Garden Grove; cardinals, bishops and interfaith leaders from across the U.S. expected to attend

Bishop-elect Thanh Thai Nguyen will be ordained in historic and solemn ceremony officiated by the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, and attended by Cardinals, Bishops and interfaith leaders from throughout the United States. The rite of Episcopal Ordination is among the most sacred within the Roman Catholic Church and continues the apostolic succession of Church … [Read more...]

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Bishop of Orange joins cast of high school drama

Bishop Kevin Vann plays homeless man in Santa Margarita Catholic High School’s fall musical production, “Godspell”

Bishop Kevin Vann of the Diocese of Orange is cast in Santa Margarita Catholic High School’s fall musical production, “Godspell.” Vann plays the role of a member of the homeless community and has been attending rehearsals on campus to prepare for the production. This is not Vann’s first performance in an SMCHS production. In the spring of 2017, Vann played a Russian Orthodox … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis names another auxiliary bishop for Orange diocese

Fr. Thanh Thai Nguyen – a Vietnamese "boat person" serving as pastor of a parish in Jacksonville, Florida – will become second auxiliary bishop of Orange, which has nation’s largest number of Vietnamese Catholics

“Are all of your sons here?” Time and time again, that’s been the Pope’s question to his aides when addressing the appointment of bishops. Citing the Old Testament story of the calling of David, from Francis the line is less an innocent query than a marching order to "go and fetch" those who, like the boy shepherd-turned-king, are off working far afield. In this, for … [Read more...]

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Knowing the basics

When was the last time you brushed up on your knowledge of the faith?

Often it is the converts to Catholicism that make the best Catholic apologists. Most “cradle” Catholics’ religious education consists of elementary instruction and ends at the sacrament of Confirmation. Adult converts have the good fortune to learn the “grownup” version of Catholicism, and have more opportunity to delve into the rich theology and rationale for the many tenets … [Read more...]

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