First of its kind for Diocese of Orange

Strategic Plan two years in the making published by diocese

The  Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, led by the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, has published the first-ever Diocesan Strategic Plan in support of the mission, vision and priorities of the Diocese of Orange.   The Diocesan Strategic Plan, developed in collaboration with stakeholders across the Diocese, focuses on 6 key areas: Evangelization and faith formation, … [Read more...]

Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem meeting in Orange diocese

2018 annual meeting of order's Western Lieutenancy under way in Garden Grove; 600 members expected to participate

Bishop Kevin Vann will serve as Honorary Chair of the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Western Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem taking place Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. More than 600 Knights, Ladies and Clergy from the Diocese of Orange will attend the event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Garden Grove. The theme of the annual meeting, “Pilgrims Together,” … [Read more...]

California bishops respond to recent scandals

Bishop Vann and Archbishop Gomez call for purification of Church

Editor’s Note: The following reflection from Bishop Kevin Vann was written and submitted to OC Catholic newspaper on Wednesday, August 15, the feast day of the Assumption of Our Lady.  My dear sisters and brothers in the Lord, It is with the utmost sorrow that I write to you in this time of great scandal and tribulation in our Church. Many people in leadership, particularly … [Read more...]

Project Fidelium

Strategic plan for Diocese of Orange under development, aims to fix lack of a unified vision, unplanned decision-making and limited interdepartmental cooperation

A comprehensive strategy is being crafted to strengthen Catholic culture in Orange County and propel the growth of the Diocese of Orange far into the future. The Diocese’s strategic plan, called Project Fidelium, comes as the dedication of Christ Cathedral approaches and Catholic parishes in Orange County continue to welcome new parishioners. Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of … [Read more...]

Assisted suicide is not healthcare

Bishop Kevin Vann reflects on court ruling overturning California's euthanasia law

Recently, a Superior Court judge in Riverside County issued a ruling overturning California’s assisted-suicide law. As expected, the ruling has been challenged. Still, I am grateful because it offers us an opportunity to revisit important questions about what constitutes healthcare – especially at the end of life – and about good governance. Acknowledging the strong emotions … [Read more...]

Pilgrimage statue of Our Lady of Fatima at Christ Cathedral

Bishop Kevin Vann will join the faithful of Christ Cathedral Parish on May 13 to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Fatima; prayer before statue offers plenary indulgence

Bishop Kevin Vann and Fr. Christopher Smith will pray the rosary with the faithful of Christ Cathedral Parish on Saturday, May 13, as they celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Fatima and the 100th Anniversary of the apparitions of our Blessed Virgin in Fatima. The special celebration in the Arboretum will include: Crowning of Mary, Procession, Rosary, consecration, Mass and … [Read more...]

Lent is not an endurance test

Bishop Kevin Vann offers three ways to make the most of the Lenten season

For many Catholics, Lent has become something of an endurance test, not unlike children competing to hold their breath under water. People seek to deprive themselves in the same way, hoping that they can last all the way to Easter when they can breathe deeply and relax. The problem with this lies in the fact that while we may white knuckle our way to Easter, chances are that … [Read more...]