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...]

Norbertines launch digital library from St. Michael’s Abbey

The Abbot’s Circle website includes video, podcasts and written reflections, as well as chant recordings and audio lectures and a documentary on the fathers called “City of Saints”

On any typical weekend, the white cassock-clad priests of the Norbertine order from St. Michael’s Abbey in southern California preach in about 35 parishes, sharing the fruits of their contemplative and communal life with the Church. As canons regular, they are religious priests who live in community and share a charism and common life of prayer. During the week, they are … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Orange diocese chancellor speaks out on McCarrick scandal

Pia de Solenni: "The Church has been uncomfortably silent on matters of sexuality, family, and marriage because some in her leadership do not live these teachings themselves"

The following is by Pia de Solenni, SThD, the Chancellor of the Diocese of Orange and Theological Advisor to the Bishop. Back in October, when Harvey Weinstein’s exploits [crimes] became public, those of us who have been supportive of the Catholic Church’s teachings on human sexuality were quick to think of the prophetic nature of Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae when he foretold … [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...]

“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...]

Christ Cathedral transformation about 40 percent complete

The project is tracking to the budget and construction schedule, with the cathedral’s dedication set for July 17, 2019

Christ Cathedral’s transformation is about 40 percent complete, said Construction Manager Eric Flynn. “It’s been in incredible project,” Flynn said. The Diocese of Orange purchased the 78,000-square-foot cathedral in 2011 and the initial design concept was unveiled in late 2015. The project is tracking to the budget and construction schedule, with the cathedral’s dedication … [Read more...]

If you like Mexican food, go to Mass at St. Martin de Porres in Yorba Linda

Greg Hardesty and Kathleen Luppi attend Mass at every Catholic parish in Orange County; started at St. Edward the Confessor in Dana Point in 2012 and ended at Serra Chapel at Mission San Juan Capistrano in 2018

The nice lady walked up to us after Mass and asked if this was our first visit to her parish.  Yes, we told her. We’re making our rounds, with plans to attend Mass at every Catholic parish in Orange County –– a total of 60 (not including four Catholic “centers” for the Korean, Vietnamese and Polish communities).  We had just experienced, for the first time, Mass at St. John … [Read more...]