Surfers, bikers and a vegan

The nine future priests who will be ordained by Archbishop José H. Gomez at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on June 2 are as diverse as the flock they’re being asked to serve

Among Los Angeles’ soon-to-be priests, one comes from as far away as Manila, and three others from the Midwest. Others are native Angelenos whose grandparents called LA home. Two of them worked in the film industry before answering God’s call, and another worked for an aerospace engineering firm. There are even a couple of surfers among St. John’s Seminary Class of 2018. The … [Read more...]

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‘Surfing Padre’ dies in Huntington Beach

Rev. Christian Mondor, known for starting the annual Blessing of the Waves, died just two days before his 93rd birthday

Beloved Rev. Christian Mondor, known for starting the annual Blessing of the Waves in Huntington Beach, died April 25. It was just two days before his 93rd birthday, Sts. Simon & Jude Catholic Church told its families Thursday. “He loved life to the fullest and the people to whom he ministered, fighting to stay with them until the very end,” Rev. Ryan Thornton of Sts. … [Read more...]

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Oakland priest reflects on getting old

84-year-old priest says daily rituals and routines key to facing life's demands, avoiding depression

The following is by Rev. David K. O'Rourke, OP, special to The Catholic Voice: I am an old man. And I am depressive by temperament. I don't know what that means, but whatever it is, it means that I've got to work at keeping going. So I do. And it works. So that is what I want to talk about. What I do, and on a regular basis every day. How I go about it. Why I set up these … [Read more...]

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Oakland priest donates kidney to his mom

Fr. Brandon Macadaeg and mother out of the hospital in four days after surgery on the Feast of St. John the Apostle and Evangelist, new kidney began working immediately

For Rev. Brandon Macadaeg, the opportunity to become a kidney donor for his mother has been a spirit-filled journey. The surgery, which took place Dec. 27 at Stanford University Medical Center, was successful. "Everything went well," Father Macadaeg said. Both the son and his mother, Cindy, were out of the hospital four days after the surgical procedure. For Father Macadaeg, … [Read more...]

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Pay increase in Sacramento diocese

Priests and lay employees get 2.5 percent raise, teacher salaries to be addressed later

Dear Pastors, Parochial Administrators, Parish Stewards, Schools Administrators, and Agency Directors: Each year, I publish a salary adjustment guideline that serves as the standard guideline for lay employees and priests employed by our parishes, schools, agencies, and administrative office of the diocese. Catholic school teacher salaries will be addressed in a separate … [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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Greenfield priest gets Lumen Christi Award

Fr. Enrique Herrera, pastor of Holy Trinity Church, receives highest honor of Catholic Extension; only the third time Californian has received the award, first time for the Diocese of Monterey

Celebrations of the Virgin of Guadalupe's feast day came two days early in Greenfield on Sunday. Nearly two thousand individuals came out to participate in the hour-long procession including Aztec dancers, costumed native bands, women in embroidered dresses and many caballeros on horseback. The crowd assembled outside of Holy Trinity Church to attend an outdoor Mass and … [Read more...]

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Priests and their chalices

Students at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Redwood City chronicle stores of 20 priests in “Chalice: A Most Personal Grail,” written and produced with their teacher

Father Dave Ghiorso’s chalice and paten were crafted by his father and a close friend who was a police officer. Father Andrew Ginter was bequeathed his chalice by his mentor Father Kevin Gaffey, who had died a few months before the young priest’s ordination. Father Peter Zhai received his chalice from the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Redwood City. Twenty priests’ … [Read more...]

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Where priests get their clothes

On the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles, near the gritty but gentrified neighborhood of Echo Park, nuns sit at sewing stations making garments for the clergy

Rev. Brendan Busse broke into a sweat the first time he shopped for a clerical shirt. He had nine years to go before he would become a priest, and the idea of wearing the black collar and white tab that would prompt strangers to call him “father” unnerved him. He recognized that those “clothes are not just about me,” as he wrote in a 2012 Jesuit Post essay. “They are about my … [Read more...]

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Priests also need prayers

Founded in the Diocese of Orange, the Foundation of Prayer for Priests has become an international apostolate

The Foundation of Prayer for Priests (FPP), an international apostolate, materialized in 2013 out of a void that co-founder and Diocese of Orange parishioner Kathleen Beckman saw in this era of the New Evangelization: to protect the Church’s spiritual leaders with prayer. Ms. Beckman co-founded FPP with Monsignor Stephen Doktorczyk, JCD, Judicial Vicar for the Diocese of … [Read more...]

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