“What you are doing is sacred work”

Bishop Kevin Vann blesses 150 construction workers at Christ Cathedral, thanks them with luncheon

The construction crew working on the renovation of Christ Cathedral reached a milestone in mid-May. They have collectively logged 100,000 hours of work on the cathedral and have done so without a single accident or injury. Bishop Kevin Vann and Fr. Christopher Smith, episcopal vicar and rector at Christ Cathedral, decided to celebrate both by hosting a catered luncheon for … [Read more...]

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Christ Cathedral transformation about 40 percent complete

The project is tracking to the budget and construction schedule, with the cathedral’s dedication set for July 17, 2019

Christ Cathedral’s transformation is about 40 percent complete, said Construction Manager Eric Flynn. “It’s been in incredible project,” Flynn said. The Diocese of Orange purchased the 78,000-square-foot cathedral in 2011 and the initial design concept was unveiled in late 2015. The project is tracking to the budget and construction schedule, with the cathedral’s dedication … [Read more...]

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If you like Mexican food, go to Mass at St. Martin de Porres in Yorba Linda

Greg Hardesty and Kathleen Luppi attend Mass at every Catholic parish in Orange County; started at St. Edward the Confessor in Dana Point in 2012 and ended at Serra Chapel at Mission San Juan Capistrano in 2018

The nice lady walked up to us after Mass and asked if this was our first visit to her parish.  Yes, we told her. We’re making our rounds, with plans to attend Mass at every Catholic parish in Orange County –– a total of 60 (not including four Catholic “centers” for the Korean, Vietnamese and Polish communities).  We had just experienced, for the first time, Mass at St. John … [Read more...]

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Orange County Board of Education: Parents can’t pull kids from new sex ed classes

School board's lawyer says “parents do not have a constitutional right to excuse their children from portions of the school curriculum that they find objectionable”

California is about to implement new abortion- and homosexuality-promoting sex education lessons, and one school district has told parents they have no choice but to expose their children to them. California enacted the California Healthy Youth Act in 2015, but only now are its controversial provisions starting to take effect in classrooms. Under the auspices of health, the … [Read more...]

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Construction starts on new St. Michael’s Abbey in Orange County

More than 50 Norbertine priests along with 34 seminarians and St. Michael’s Preparatory School have outgrown current abbey in Trabuco Canyon, new abbey in Silverado Canyon will be in traditional Romanesque style

More than 50 Norbertine Order priests and 34 seminarians make the tight quarters of the St. Michael’s Abbey in Trabuco Canyon home. There is also the St. Michael’s Preparatory School. The Norbertine Fathers have said the property isn’t structurally sound enough to support a larger campus for their growing community. They purchased a 320-acre former ranch about 7 miles north … [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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Orange diocese bishop lauded for efforts to advance tolerance and equality

Bishop Kevin Vann among recipients of Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award from Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine

Diocese of Orange Bishop Kevin Vann was lauded recently for his efforts to advance tolerance and equality. He, along with OC Register Columnist David Whiting and Information Management Resources CEO Martha Daniel, received recognition from Christ Our Redeemer Church as they were awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. “Drum Major Award.” Rev. Mark E. Whitlock, Jr., Senior Minister … [Read more...]

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“They saved my life”

Precious Life Shelter in Los Alamitos provides safe haven to homeless pregnant women and mothers

While volunteering for a pro-life fundraiser at St. Hedwig School in Los Alamitos in the 1970s, Theresa Sherrin was challenged by her daughter’s eighth grade teacher who asked, “It’s not enough to say you’re pro-life, what more are you doing about it?”  Theresa Sherrin reflected on the memory and recalls her reaction, “I thought, oh gosh, I thought I was doing quite a bit,” … [Read more...]

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Last year Ensenada, next year the Vatican

Reservations now open for Orange diocese's second Bishops’ Pilgrimage Cruise aboard largest passenger cruise ship in the world featuring an ice skating rink; 10 pools, 8 water slides

The Diocese’s first Catholic cruise with Bishop Kevin Vann and Bishop Tim Freyer last summer was so successful that the Diocese is planning an even bigger annual bishops’ pilgrimage cruise in 2018. Last July, Bishop Vann, Bishop Freyer and a group of 207 parishioners departed Long Beach for a brief weekend cruise to Ensenada, Mexico where Mass was celebrated in a cathedral in … [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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