Christ Cathedral gets altar and crucifix

Orange diocese priests donated $900K for stone altar

The following comes from a Jan. 4 story on the website of Orange County Catholic. Construction crews recently put in place two centerpieces of Christ Cathedral – the Crux Gemmata and stone altar.  Crafted in Omaha, Nebraska from blackened steel and transported to Orange County in four separate pieces, the Crux Gemmata weighs 1,000 pounds, rises 18 feet above the … [Read more...]

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...]

Bronze sculptures, mosaics, a spectacular tapestry and much more

Stunning artwork will adorn Christ Cathedral when it is dedicated next year

The Old Testament begins with the creation of the world. The New Testament begins with the coming of Jesus, the first seeds of Christianity. Faith is rooted in creation. As such, humankind has honored the Creator, while at the same time acting as His creative conduit through all manner of expression. This includes visual art. Some stunning new examples of contemporary sacred … [Read more...]

Ground broken on campus of Christ Cathedral for Our Lady of La Vang shrine

The shrine and plaza commemorating an ancient apparition of the Blessed Virgin in Vietnam are expected to be in place in time for the dedication of Christ Cathedral in July 2019

For 18 days in a tiny 28-foot by 6-foot boat, 26 Vietnamese refugees cling to life. It is 1979 and they are part of the vast tide of humanity fleeing repression in their homeland. They have already weathered a fierce storm in their tiny craft. They are starving, surviving only on meager rations of rainwater. And faith.  As much as the boat, faith is what keeps them … [Read more...]

Another $5 million sought for renovation of Christ Cathedral

Since 2013, more than $127 million has been raised from 28,000 families in Orange diocese to convert former Crystal Cathedral into Catholic worship space

The clouds parted after the rains and the sun broke through, setting the stage for a spectacular dusk for the more than 500 guests assembled outside Christ Cathedral on Saturday, Oct. 13.  As if on cue, a rainbow appeared just as the Most Rev. Kevin W. Vann, Bishop of Orange, joined the pianist to play three tunes: “Getting to Know You,” “California, Here I Come” and, of … [Read more...]

Christ Cathedral Memorial Gardens will be overhauled, expanded

Cemetery on cathedral grounds will increase capacity by about 450 percent, add a Sanctuary of Eternal Life, mausoleum, sarcophagi, or stone coffins, and thousands of glass and marble niches

Since it opened in 1991, the Memorial Gardens cemetery at the former Crystal Cathedral, now Christ Cathedral, has been a restful enclave where relatives of the dead could pray, reflect or grieve. Set below grade, in the shadow of the iconic glass cathedral and prayer tower, the 3-acre plot of green with a mausoleum and niches, flanked by fountains, has been a popular feature on … [Read more...]

Christ Cathedral will look the same — except inside

“The historic shell of the original Crystal Cathedral will be maintained and restored”

Outside, in defiance of its serene backdrop, a jackhammer thunders away. Sparks flare from a power saw as it ear-piercingly grinds through steel. Inside, sounds of construction echo through a cavernous space that is at once familiar and disorienting – with flooring uprooted, seats gone and tall scaffolding everywhere. The famous glass structure in Garden Grove, built four … [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...]

Property sales reduce outstanding Christ Cathedral acquisition debt

Sale of former pastoral center, St. Callistus parish properties leave long-term debt on the property of about $20 million

In 2012, the Diocese of Orange purchased the internationally acclaimed Crystal Cathedral, which was in bankruptcy, for $57.5 million. The purchase represented a providential opportunity for the Diocese to establish a center for its diverse and expansive Catholic community of 1.5 million and to build a center of Catholic evangelization that will enliven the faith for generations … [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...]