Orange County, California and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange are home to the largest population of Vietnamese people outside of Vietnam. Those who fled the war and persecution of Vietnam brought with them a deep connection to the Blessed Mother.
Our Lady of La Vang has held not only the Catholic people of Vietnamese within her protective embrace, but all those suffering persecution, alienation and violence. Many have witnessed miraculous interventions by the Blessed Mother as they fled Vietnam – often in fear and under great physical and emotional strain. Our own Vietnamese-American auxiliary Bishop, the Most Rev. Thanh Thai Nguyen’s personal path from persecution and eventually to the priesthood was laid out before me by the Blessed Mother.
In remembrance of the many sacrifices made by the Vietnamese-American community for God and in honor of the special care, protection, and guidance that Our Lady has given to our family of faith – the Diocese of Orange has pledged to develop a great shrine dedicated to Our Lady of La Vang on the ground of America’s next great Cathedral – Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, California.
The Shrine will rise in a place of honor from the Marian Court to the northwest of the glittering 10,000 panes of glass that comprise the edifice of the cathedral itself. The 34 acre campus is fast becoming a pilgrimage site for Catholics across the United States, but will become a center of faith and pilgrimage for Vietnamese Catholics from around the globe.
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