Turning faith into good works

Christ Cathedral campus is home to Orange diocese's far-flung ministries

The Tower of Hope at Christ Cathedral (image: Challenge Roddie/OC Catholic)

Need proof that actions speak louder than words? Look no further than Catholic ministries. Faith alone cannot feed the poor or counsel those at risk. 

“Ministries extend the actions of God out into our world,” says Sr. Katherine “Kit” Gray, director of Mission Integration and Ongoing Formation. “Jesus paid attention to the human realities of life, death, suffering, hunger and the need for community.” 

The good works that come from the Diocese of Orange are centered in the Christ Cathedral campus. 

“The campus is home to offices that oversee our ministries,” says the Very Rev. Christopher Smith, episcopal vicar and rector of Christ Cathedral. “For example, the Office of Faith Formation supports religious education for everyone, from little children through adulthood.” 

“The Office for Worship is responsible for all liturgical matters,” Fr. Christopher adds. “Pastoral Care for Families in All Stages helps in marriage preparation and enrichment, matters of bereavement and families in crisis. And Life, Justice and Peace helps in a variety of issues – immigration services, the right to education and health care, and more – by connecting with the different outreach ministries, all of which flow from the campus.” 

The Diocese works with a number of local organizations. For instance, volunteers from the Diocese, Jennison notes, work with the Second Harvest Food Bank, a nonprofit that helps feed those less fortunate in O.C. The Diocese itself also feeds the homeless on a weekly basis, through the Helping Hands House, located on the campus and coordinated by Christ Cathedral Parish. 

Thanks to the campus’s many resources, the Diocese hosts several ministries that send the Catholic message throughout the country. Located in the aptly named Tower of Hope, they blend time-honored Catholic teachings with today’s digital technology to reach millions of the faithful. 

“Some of the various apostolates that call our campus home include EWTN, Relevant Radio and Dynamic Catholic,” Jennison says.

“We [in the Diocese] must constantly re-evaluate ourselves,” says Sr. Kit, “and one of the key questions we must ask is, ‘What’s the best way to serve Jesus with the resources we have?’” 

Full story at OC Catholic.

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  1. William Robert says

    The Catholics used to do a much better job than the Protestant in feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, educating the ignorant and advocating for the poor. All of this has taken a back seat now that we are busy dealing with and paying for the abuse and financial scandals in the Church! God save us!

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