Bishop Vann blesses chapel at Catholic school in Rancho Santa Margarita

Outside the chapel at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School is a rosary garden, canopied by olive trees, which includes an inlaid stone rosary and cross

More than 600 faculty and staff, families and city leaders celebrated the completion of the final phase of construction at St. Junipero Serra Catholic School in Rancho Santa Margarita on Saturday, Oct. 6. Among those attending were founding families: Ralph and Oonagh Linzmeier, Bill and Pat Kaszton and Steve and Kathy Brandlin. Bishop Vann was also present and blessed the … [Read more...]

Bishop Kevin Vann proclaims Holy Year of Preparation for Christ Cathedral

In June 29 decree, Bishop Vann encourages Catholics to continue to pray for work on the cathedral to progress on schedule and on budget

With the dedication of Christ Cathedral approaching, Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, has launched a year-long celebration calling for spiritual reflection and formation across the Diocese of Orange. Vann proclaimed the next 12 months to be a special “Holy Year of Preparation of Christ Cathedral” during a Mass on June 29 at the Arboretum on the Christ Cathedral Campus … [Read more...]

“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...]

Pray for the Chair of St. Peter

Bishop Kevin Vann reflects on the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter: "Anyone who knows some Church history knows that we Christians, from the very beginning... have disagreed on many things"

On Feb. 22, we celebrated the feast of the Chair of St. Peter. When I was living in Rome, this was one of my favorite occasions to visit the Vatican. I always made it a point to visit St. Peter’s Basilica every year on this beautiful day when, the chair sculptured by Bernini (said to contain a chair that belonged to St. Peter himself) would be lit up with candles–only on this … [Read more...]

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...]

God is not watching us from a distance

Orange diocese Bishop Vann's Christmas Eve homily

The following comes from a Dec. 25 posting on the website of the Diocese of Orange. These days for me – as for most of us – bring a flood of memories from the realms of our lives and Christmases past. I was thinking of my maternal grandparents a lot these days, and how we would always go there on Christmas Eve – usually in bad weather – and would proudly receive a new set of … [Read more...]

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...]

Bishop of Orange blesses future Lady of La Vang shrine site

Hundreds attend Oct. 21 Mass and blessing of site on campus of Christ Cathedral that will be home to a $25-million shrine for Our Lady of La Vang, venerated by Vietnamese as a symbol of strength and resilience

Hundreds of Vietnamese Catholics visited the campus of Christ Cathedral Saturday, Oct. 21, to participate in a Mass and witness the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, bless the site that will house a shrine for the Lady of La Vang. A Marian apparition that graced and blessed persecuted Catholics in 1798 in Central Vietnam, the Lady of La Vang is viewed as a symbol … [Read more...]

Orange Catholic Foundation conference on business and ethics a huge success

Record-breaking attendance nets more than $500,000 in financial assistance for students attending Catholic schools in Diocese of Orange

The Orange Catholic Foundation’s 15th Annual Conference on Business & Ethics opened Friday morning, May 12, to a capacity audience of 1,100 people at the Anaheim Hilton. More than 500 were logged on to view the live webcast. The keynote speaker, Emmy Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton, spoke candidly about the ups and downs of her personal, professional, and spiritual … [Read more...]

$9 million for Chapel and other building for Junipero Serra school in Orange diocese

Bishop Vann moves dirt in Rancho Santa Margarita

The following comes from an April 6 story in the Orange County Catholic, the website for the diocese of  Orange. Bishop Kevin Vann blessed the ground at St. Serra Catholic School in Rancho Santa Margarita on Monday, April 3, as students, faculty, donors and city leaders celebrated the groundbreaking of the fourth and final phase of the school. More than 100 gathered on … [Read more...]