Woman makes history as Diocese of Stockton chancellor

Dyan Hollenhorst appointed first lay, non-religious woman to hold the post

When lifelong Catholic Dyan Hollenhorst started attending daily mass at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in her hometown of Hughson at her mother’s suggestion during Lent more than a decade ago, she never expected she would become the first lay, non-religious woman to be named as chancellor for the Diocese of Stockton earlier this month. “It started, perhaps, as a way to find … [Read more...]

Stockton bishop calls for prayers of consecration to Immaculate Heart of Our Lady

In letter to the faithful, Bishop Myron Cotta writes, "On Monday, May 21, I invite you: the clergy, religious and laity of the Diocese of Stockton, to offer a prayer of consecration of our Diocese of Stockton to the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady, Mary, Mother of the Church”

The following is a message from Bishop Myron Cotta of Stockton: My Dear People of God, As we welcome the month of May, we are reminded of the annual celebration of Mother’s Day. It is a time to give thanks to God for our moms, and for the gift of “motherhood.” It is a time to reflect on all that motherhood entails: selflessness, sacrifice, commitment and the nourishing love … [Read more...]

Catholic dignitaries attend installation of Stockton diocese’s new bishop

More than 1,200 people fill St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Modesto to watch Myron Cotta become the sixth Bishop of Stockton

Catholic ritual, pageantry and prayer ushered in a new era for the Diocese of Stockton on Thursday as Central Valley native Myron Cotta was installed as its new bishop during a ceremony in Modesto. More than 1,200 people filled St. Stanislaus Catholic Church to watch Cotta, who turns 65 on Wednesday, become the sixth bishop of the six-county Roman Catholic diocese. Church … [Read more...]

Bishop Blaire prepares Stockton diocese for bankruptcy

  The following comes from a September 4 letter issued by the diocese of Stockton. An update on our financial situation  from Bishop Stephen Blaire  Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, In my letter to you in June, I shared with you some difficult news about the financial situation of the Diocese -- the funds we have used to settle sexual abuse lawsuits … [Read more...]

A – Bishop Blaire calls for more discussion

The following comes from a May 22 story on the America magazine website. It is one of four items posted today on CalCatholic, labeled A, B, C and D. When read in order, the items show how the story developed, ending in part D -- Bishop Blaire's "clarification" two days after his original remarks were published. The Archdiocese of Washington today joined a rush of Catholic … [Read more...]

D – “Clarification”

The following statement by Bishop Blaire was posted on the Diocese of Stockton’s website on May 24. I wish to clarify some misunderstandings related to my comments about the HHS Mandate. First of all, I stand solidly with my brother bishops in our common resolve to overturn the unacceptable intrusion of government into the life of the Church by the HHS Mandate. In March, … [Read more...]