The Most Reverend Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, celebrated the solemn dedication of Holy Trinity Church in Ladera Ranch (1600 Corporate Dr., Ladera Ranch) on Nov. 11. Bishop Vann joined with Rev. Reynold Furrell, parish pastor, and an energetic congregation of more than 2,000 families for this momentous event in the life of the Catholic Church in Orange County. This dedication marks a major milestone for this parish community that was founded in 2005 and celebrated its first Sunday liturgies in an area park.
“I am blessed to join with the families of Holy Trinity to consecrate their beautiful new church. I have been heartened by the passion and energy of this parish as they have humbly toiled alongside their pastor to make this dream a reality. They have never strayed from the path and have achieved the impressive goal of building their new spiritual home in twelve short years through the Grace of God,” said Bishop Vann.
Ground was broken for the new 18,352-square-foot Spanish mission style church in March of 2016. The project was designed by Lundstrom and Associates and Illig Construction has served as the general contractor. The total budget for this facility is $13.8 million and the capacity of the church is 1,243. The church includes some interesting interior elements, including a 40-foot-tall altarpiece painted by Joseph Adolphe, depicting the crucifixion. Two commissioned paintings of the Risen Christ and The Pieta, as well as four commissioned icons adorn the interior spaces of the church. Additionally, the 18th century tabernacle and stained glass from the Marywood Chapel at the site of the former Diocesan Chancellery facility in Orange have been re-purposed in the church.
“It has been a true light in my life to bring together this amazing community of faith. The building of our true Church, the families that celebrate together, has been a blessing and is at the heart of my calling as a priest. We now have the opportunity to celebrate together in a space that is our own and fitting of the inspirational beauty of our community, their faithful witness, and our God,” said Fr. Furrell.