Catholic camp reopens after fire
Almost 100 people at Circle V Ranch had close call with 2017 wildfire

While the beginnings of the Whittier Fire began racing up the dry hillsides above Santa Barbara County’s Lake Cachuma toward the Circle V Ranch Camp and Retreat Center on July 8, 2017,  summer camp was in full swing.  Sitting

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2019-07-24T20:26:40-07:00July 25th, 2019|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: |1 Comment

Devastation found in San Bernardino County church
Following July 4-5 earthquakes, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat Church now determined no longer safe

Patricia Scyrkels was one of the first parishioners to set foot in Trona’s Catholic church, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat. after the earthquakes that struck the California desert July 4-5. When she looked around her church, she was devastated by

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2019-07-24T13:59:09-07:00July 23rd, 2019|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: |1 Comment

Stolen cash found in priest’s car
Car crash uncovered tens of thousands taken from Santa Rosa parishes

The following is a press release from Bishop Robert F. Vasa of the Diocese of Santa Rosa: Father Oscar Diaz, who served most recently as pastor at Resurrection Parish in Santa Rosa was involved in an automobile accident on

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2019-07-22T14:55:02-07:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: |22 Comments

Steps must be taken immediately
Oakland chancery provides detailed instructions to diocese on how to preserve records, warns of "adverse consequences"

The following is an excerpt of a letter from the Office of the Chancellor to the Diocese of Oakland: From: Steve Wilcox, Office of the Chancellor To: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland: pastors, principals, Chancery employees, executive directors

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2019-07-11T08:15:24-07:00July 11th, 2019|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: |1 Comment

Last burial section opens at Oakland’s St. Mary’s Cemetery
Land for about 200 burial plots blessed on June 24, should last 5-7 more years

Oakland’s St. Mary’s Cemetery marked a milestone June 24 when the newest, and most likely the last, burial section was blessed. Staff members of the Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services, which operates cemeteries, mausoleums and funeral centers in the

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2019-07-11T12:39:23-07:00July 11th, 2019|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: |2 Comments

Bishop calls for prayers after pair of quakes rattle Californians
Bishop Barnes: "Let us take this moment of fear to draw ourselves closer to God"

Bishop Gerald R. Barnes of San Bernardino asked for prayers for those who were put in harm’s way by a pair of earthquakes that struck California on consecutive days in early July. “We ask God to comfort and console

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2019-07-10T09:17:56-07:00July 10th, 2019|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: |1 Comment

Christ Cathedral to be formally dedicated in ten days
Project of converting cathedral from a Protestant space to Catholic one will be Bishop Vann's legacy

Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange, California, likes to tell the story of once visiting Orange County while he was still serving in Fort Worth, Texas, with no idea of what the future might hold. Bishop Todd Brown of Orange,

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2019-07-07T21:16:10-07:00July 8th, 2019|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: |8 Comments

“St. Junípero has long been misunderstood”
L.A. Archbishop José Gomez defends Junípero Serra, missionaries: "History is never simple"

The following was written by Archbishop Jose Gomez and published in the Los Angeles diocesan newspaper Angelus News on July 2: St. Junípero Serra was a 56-year-old Franciscan friar when he came to California; when he first set eyes

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2019-07-05T13:01:48-07:00July 5th, 2019|Categories: California Diocese News|Tags: |8 Comments

$6.8 million settlement reached in Hanna Boys Center abuse lawsuit

Lawyers for two brothers who were sexually abused by a former Hanna Boys Center clinical director announced Tuesday a $6.8 million settlement with the Sonoma Valley boys home and the affiliated Santa Rosa Diocese of the Catholic church. It

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2019-06-26T21:04:00-07:00June 27th, 2019|Categories: California Diocese News|0 Comments