Originally developed under the guidance of pioneering evangelist Reverend Robert H. Schuller for his Garden Grove Community Church congregation, the campus was home to one of the first megachurches, the Crystal Cathedral. Schuller’s televised “Hour of Power” shows from inside the Arboretum and Crystal Cathedral, his ministries, and his insistence on using top architects and designers such as Richard Neutra, Philip Johnson, Richard Meier, and Gin D. Wong, created the basis for an international Christian center, which continues today.
In 2012, with the blessing and support of Schuller, the 34-acre campus and its buildings were sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. The Cathedral itself is believed to be the first Protestant Church to be converted to a Catholic place of worship. The campus has now become the new spiritual center of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, the Christ Cathedral Campus.
The Diocese has begun a multi-year renovation that will transform the campus into a place appropriate for Catholic worship. Extensive renovation and restoration of this campus and its buildings are well under way. The campus will serve as a spiritual home to Orange County’s more than 1.3 million Catholics and also serve the local community at-large through services and programs available to everyone. Currently the Arboretum sanctuary is the temporary home to the over 10,000 members of the Christ Cathedral Parish with Masses taking place in English, Vietnamese, and Spanish. Many other events take place within the Arboretum; weddings, conferences, concerts, and family friendly events. The Christ Cathedral Parish will eventually move from the Arboretum into the Christ Cathedral, upon its completion.
All visitors, wherever they may be on their own personal journeys of faith, are welcome to visit the Christ Cathedral Campus.