The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange is the growing Catholic community in Orange County, California on a journey of faith together. We are one of the most diverse Catholic communities in history, but we are united through our salvation in Christ, serving across languages and cultures, politics and lifestyles, to live out the Gospel and share the love of our Lord. Officially established in 1976, the Diocese of Orange’s history dates back to 1776 with the founding of Mission San Juan Capistrano, our diocese’s Historic Mother Church. Today, as it is home to more than 1.2 million faithful believers, the Diocese of Orange is the 10th largest and one of the fastest growing in the nation.
christ cathedral parish
Christ Cathedral Parish, formerly St. Callistus Parish ,is located on the Christ Cathedral Campus. Mass is celebrated in the Arboretum which is located on the south east side of Christ Cathedral campus, off Lewis St. The parish was established in 1961 and has more than 3,000 registered families.
Christ Cathedral Academy
Christ Cathedral Academy, a Catholic Dominican affiliated elementary school of the Diocese of Orange, opened in 2013 after transitioning from its half-century heritage as Saint Callistus Catholic School. The Academy is under the direction of the Diocese of Orange and is staffed by a faculty of lay teachers with religious certification. While most students live within the boundaries of Christ Cathedral Parish, a small number are from outside the parish boundaries. Christ Cathedral Academy serves the educational needs of children from pre-school (beginning at age 2) through grade eight.
Christ Cathedral Memorial Gardens
Cathedral Memorial Gardens is a beautiful, garden-like ecumenical cemetery and mausoleum located on the Christ Cathedral Campus in Central Orange County. The property, with lush landscaping and inspiring statuary, is at the foot of the iconic Christ Cathedral.
Orange Catholic Foundation
The Orange Catholic Foundation (OCF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation and an autonomous pious foundation that exists to serve the Diocese of Orange, including its parishes, schools and overall diocesan mission. The OCF plans and conducts major diocesan fundraising programs including the Proud to be Catholic Pastoral Services Appeal (PSA), the For Christ Forever Capital Campaign, the Conference on Business & Ethics, the annual Wills and Trusts Weeks and other special fundraising events. The Foundation also manages endowments and various charitable funds and grants funds according to the donor’s intent.
New Hope Crisis Center
The New Hope Crisis Center is a faith based, ecumenical program of Catholic Charities of Orange County. We were originally a telephone hotline founded by Dr. Robert H. Schuller of the Crystal Cathedral, on September 15, 1968, following the heartbreaking suicide of a congregation member in what was then called the Garden Grove Community church. Since that time the hotline calls have been continuously answered by well trained volunteers who act as peer counselors to all callers with any kind of issues.
In 1997 New Hope Online was founded by Dr. Bill Gaultiere, director of the program at that time. It was the first online crisis counseling service in the world offering live, free peer counseling in a private chat room. New Hope Online continues to have counselors serving all around the world. In June of 2013 the Crystal Cathedral was acquired by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and renamed Christ Cathedral. As part of this historic acquisition, the Diocese of Orange committed itself to continuing this important ministry of care and service to those facing acute hardships and incorporated the New Hope Crisis Center as a ministry of Catholic Charities of Orange County.
ETERNAL WORD TELEVISION NETWORK (EWTN)
The Tower of Hope on the Christ Cathedral campus will soon be the site of the first West Coast broadcast studio for the largest religious media network in the world, the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN). EWTN, which transmits Catholic programming 24 hours a day available to 230 million-plus homes in 140 countries, has long sought a West Coast presence and formed a partnership with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. The religious broadcaster, now in its 33rd year, has 11 distinct television networks and airs an array of programming: talk shows, cartoons, teaching series, live coverage of church events and documentaries. Headquartered in Alabama, EWTN has three other studios: Washington, D.C.; Rome; and Cologne, Germany. “The ability to broadcast is going to be a huge benefit to the church,” Ryan Lilyengren, diocese spokesman, said. “The tower and the campus will become a center of Catholic thought.” [i]
"As we transform the Christ Cathedral campus into a dynamic and inspirational center of Catholic worship and outreach, we are blessed to partner with EWTN to share our community's energy and faithful witness with the world. EWTN's partnership will profoundly benefit our Church, enabling us to share the love of Christ with millions across the world in multiple languages from the Cathedral campus, here in Orange County."
—Bishop Kevin Vann, Diocese of Orange
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