“We have risen from the ashes”

New Hacienda Heights church replaces one destroyed in 2011 arson fire; site for 90th parish in Fresno diocese blessed June 22 in Clovis

Hacienda Heights, California - More than seven years after St. John Vianney Catholic Church burned down at the hands of an arsonist, it has arisen like Lazarus. The new parish, 1345 Turnbull Canyon Road, Hacienda Heights, was dedicated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jun 23. Archbishop José H. Gomez presided over the service to dedicate the new parish with Monsignor Timothy Nichols, … [Read more...]

Arrest made in Southern California church fires, vandalism

Most recent arson fires occurred at Resurrection Catholic Church in Los Angeles on Jan. 25 and the Church of the Angels in Pasadena on Jan. 13

A 25-year-old man accused of setting fires at churches around Southern California was charged this week with multiple felony counts. Christian Michael Garcia faces 20 felony counts: 13 counts of vandalism of religious property, three counts of arson of a structure, two counts of second-degree commercial burglary and one count each of attempted second-degree robbery and arson … [Read more...]

Arson at downtown Santa Rosa church

Four small fires deliberately set around altar St. Rose Catholic Church, no structural damage reported

The following comes from an August 13 CBS SF Bay Area article: Police in Santa Rosa on Friday arrested a suspect in connection with an arson incident that occurred at a church on Thursday. Yovan David Ayon, 34, of Santa Rosa, was arrested on suspicion of felony arson and violation of probation, according to police. Firefighters with the Santa Rosa Fire Department … [Read more...]

Reward for finding arsonist

Burning of Hacienda Heights church was vengeance for clergy sex abuse

The following comes from a Dec. 16 story in the Los Angeles Times. Four people who helped authorities track down and prosecute a man who set a Hacienda Heights church on fire in 2011 will share a $10,000 reward, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors said Tuesday. The reward was offered by the board three days after the April 16, 2011, fire ravaged St. John Vianney … [Read more...]