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

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

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Norbertines launch digital library from St. Michael’s Abbey

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

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2018-11-02T11:42:16-07:00November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture|Tags: , , |5 Comments

Bishop Vann blesses chapel at Catholic school in Rancho Santa Margarita

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

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2018-10-12T13:44:30-07:00October 12th, 2018|Categories: Church life, Education|Tags: , |1 Comment

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

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

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Orange diocese chancellor speaks out on McCarrick scandal

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

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2018-08-07T12:44:42-07:00August 7th, 2018|Categories: Marriage and Family|Tags: , |15 Comments

Christ Cathedral Memorial Gardens will be overhauled, expanded

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

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2018-07-12T13:08:26-07:00July 12th, 2018|Categories: Arts and Culture, Church life|Tags: , |5 Comments

Christ Cathedral will look the same — except inside

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 –

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“What you are doing is sacred work”

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

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Christ Cathedral transformation about 40 percent complete

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.

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