Very Rev. Christopher Smith
Father Christopher H. Smith was selected by the Most Rev. Tod D. Brown, Bishop of Orange Emeritus, to serve as Episcopal Vicar to Christ Cathedral, effective July 1, 2012. It was the first formal staff assignment for the cathedral. Father Smith oversees administrative and policy matters for the Cathedral and its adjacent campus. He supervises a variety of internal departments and is responsible for the liturgical and clerical oversight for the new Catholic campus, parish and school. Father Smith is responsible for managing the renovations that are transforming the former Crystal Cathedral site to a Catholic place of worship.
Father Smith has served as a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange for 40 years. He holds a Masters in Divinity from St. John’s Seminary and a Masters in Religious Education from Fordham University.
He has served in a number of capacities in the Diocese of Orange, including Parochial Vicar, Director of the Office for Religious Education, Vicar for Religious Education, Pastor of St. Joseph Church in Santa Ana, Episcopal Vicar for Priests and Director of the Ministry to Priests Office. He is a member of the Board of Directors of St. John’s Seminary, the Advisory Board of the Sisters of St. Joseph Education Network, the Advisory Board of the Vatican II Institute, the Board of Directors of Taller San Jose.He is the coordinator of Mission Education for Concern America and is the Chairperson of the Editorial Council of The Orange County Catholic. He currently serves as Episcopal Vicar and Rector of Christ Cathedral in the Diocese of Orange.
Father Smith is a direct descendant of several early California families. His eight-generation lineage begins with the formal settlement of the region and is directly connected to many historical figures responsible for the cultural, economic and religious development of Los Angeles and Orange counties.