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EPISODE#208
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: FACEBOOK LIVE WITH BISHOP TIMOTHY FREYER AND FR AL BACA

In the world of “Facebook Live,” Bishop Timothy Freyer and Fr. Al Baca answer your questions. Please go to our Diocese of Orange Facebook page, click on the notifications, and you will be alerted each time we go LIVE.

Tune in and enjoy this dynamic and spiritually enriching conversation!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 8/8/20

EPISODE#198
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: GUEST IS BISHOP THANH THAI NGUYEN

Get ready for another healthy dose of inspiration on today’s podcast. Host Rick Howick was honored and fascinated by the testimony of our own Bishop Thanh Thai Nguyen on the show today, and you will be too! The newest Auxiliary Bishop appointed to the Diocese of Orange, here today to share the harrowing story of his escape from Vietnam and his eventual road to the priesthood.

In this Easter season, he gave us an “alleluia” story from which we can all draw inspiration and strength on our faith walk. Thank you, Bishop Nguyen, for giving us hope in this time of pandemic.

 

 

Originally broadcast on 5/16/20

EPISODE#197
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: GUEST IS BISHOP KEVIN VANN

When we began producing the OC Catholic Radio Show in early 2015, many referred to this program as ‘The Bishop’s Hour.’ In other words, this broadcast would always be the vehicle where he could get the word out to the faithful, via the radio (and now podcast) airwaves.

On today’s show, host Rick Howick has the opportunity to catch up with our very own Bishop Kevin Vann. What is on his mind and heart during these days of the COVID-19 pandemic? Tune in and find out!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 5/2/20

EPISODE #239
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: WHAT IS THE REAL MEANING OF EASTER?

Even amidst the COVID-19 crisis we are all dealing with right now, we must remember that we are an EASTER people!

Deacon Steve Greco is delighted to welcome our very own Bishop Kevin Vann of the Diocese of Orange for our Easter program.

Be sure to share this podcast with a friend.

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 4/12/2020

EPISODE#195
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: GUEST IS BISHOP TIMOTHY FREYER – KEEPING YOUR FAITH STRONG IN THIS TIME OF CRISIS

Host Rick Howick welcomes our own Auxiliary Bishop Timothy Freyer back to the studios of OC Catholic Radio.

In this lively conversation, we’ll be talking about having hope in this time of great crisis all over the world. You will no doubt feel better after listening to this podcast.

Be sure to SHARE with a friend!

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 4/4/20

EPISODE#7
CATHEDRAL SQUARE: GUEST IS LESA TRUXAW, THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE FOR WORSHIP IN THE DIOCESE OF ORANGE

On today’s podcast episode, Fr. Christopher is thrilled to welcome Lesa Truxaw to the program. Lesa has served the Diocese of Orange for more than 17 years; and, she brings a wealth of ministry experience to the table.

One of her key roles involves being responsible to the bishop for what she calls ‘the liturgical life of the diocese.’

What exactly does that entail? Tune in and find out!

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 6/15/19

 

EPISODE #188
EMPOWERED BY THE SPIRIT: THE CALL TO EVANGELIZE WITH GUEST BISHOP TIMOTHY FREYER

On this week’s show, Deacon Steve Greco is delighted to welcome Bishop Timothy Freyer back to the studios. It’s been a while since we’ve had him on with us, so it’s great to be able to catch up.

He has been an auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Orange for just over 2 years now. A native of Huntington Beach, Bishop Freyer has roots that run deep here in the OC. Listen in as he shares about his fascinating story; and, his heart for the people of our growing diocese!

 

Originally broadcast on 3/31/19

 

EPISODE#157
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: GUEST IS DR. PIA DESOLENNI

On this week’s edition of the program, Rick welcomes Dr. Pia DeSolenni back to the studio. Pia is the Chancellor for the Diocese of Orange, in addition to being the Theological Advisor to Bishop Vann. She just returned from a 5-week visit to Rome, where she assisted with a variety of events that were related to the Bishop’s Synod.

Some important topics of discussion here, so be sure to tune in!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 11/17/18

EPISODE#151
OC CATHOLIC RADIO: GUEST IS BISHOP TIMOTHY FREYER

Host Rick Howick interviews guests on a variety of topics. On this week’s show, Rick welcomes Bishop Timothy Freyer back to the OC Catholic studios. It’s been a while since we’ve had him on with us, so it’s great to be able to catch up.

He has been an auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Orange for 1.5 years now. A native of Huntington Beach, Bishop Freyer has roots that run deep here in the OC. Listen in as he shares about his fascinating story; and, his heart for the people of our growing diocese!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally broadcast on 9/8/18

 

AMERICA’S ONLY VIETNAMESE-AMERICAN BISHOP RETIRES

Bishop Dominic Dinh Mai Luong – the first and only Vietnamese-American Bishop in the U.S. and an outspoken advocate for Catholics in Vietnam – retired December 20 on his 75th birthday, after serving the Diocese of Orange for 12 years.

“Our diocese has the largest Catholic Vietnamese population outside Vietnam, with about 70,000,” Bishop Luong notes, adding that he was uniquely suited to pastoral service here. “Many of our parishes – Holy Spirit, Saint Barbara’s, St. Columban’s and Our Lady of La Vang – are predominantly Vietnamese-American.”

Bishop Luong is known for his self-effacement, work ethic and compassion, as well as his intimate knowledge of the needs and concerns of Vietnamese-American Catholics.

When he was named auxiliary bishop by Pope John Paul II in 2003, recalls then-Bishop Tod Brown, “Bishop Luong flew into John Wayne Airport the day before the public announcement of his appointment was made. He was overwhelmed by the fact that I met him at the airport. That points to his humility. In his own easygoing way, he has brought his own leadership and his own spirituality and pastoral skills, all gifts that have contributed to his service here.”

Dominic M. Luong was born in Minh Cuong, Vietnam in 1940, the second youngest of 11 children. His seminary and formation were at Holy Family Diocesan Seminary high school in Vietnam and in 1958 he came to the United States at 18 years old to continue his studies at St. Bernard Seminary in Rochester, New York. He pursued postgraduate studies at Canisius College, earning two master’s degrees in biology and psychology.

Ordained a priest on May 21, 1966, for the Diocese of Danang, Vietnam, then-Father Luong was prevented from returning to his homeland because the Vietnam War was raging. As circumstances would have it, he was never able to return in pastoral service to his native land. Still, he had many careers, including teaching biology at the Diocesan Preparatory Seminary, working as a hospital chaplain and serving as associate pastor at Saint Louis Parish in Buffalo.

When South Vietnam fell, Father Luong was the individual best suited to help resettle the many refugees who streamed into the U.S. A large portion of them came to New Orleans, so he served there as director of the Archdiocesan Vietnamese Apostolate from 1976 to 1983. He became an American citizen in 1977 and was named founding pastor of Mary Queen of Vietnam Church in New Orleans in 1983.

“Vietnamese Catholics are different,” Bishop Luong explains. “They have a deep devotion that enriches the Church, and a unique dedication to the Blessed Virgin that has helped revitalize their congregations. There is a great devotion to family and to religious vocations.”

In addition to his pastoral duties, Father Luong has served as rector of the Vietnamese Martyrs Chapel in New Orleans and director of the National Pastoral Center for the Vietnamese Apostolate in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As the U.S. Conference of Bishops’ director of pastoral care for migrants and refugees, he traveled throughout the country assessing various Vietnamese immigrant groups.

“Bishop Dominic’s choice of motto, ‘You are strangers and aliens no longer,’ (Ephesians 2:19) lovingly represents the reality of our Vietnamese community in Orange who had come here after the fall of Saigon,” says Shirl Giacomi, chancellor of the Diocese of Orange. “From fleeing for their lives and leaving all possessions behind, they became an integral part of our society. Bishop Dominic’s loving care of the community was a powerful sign of their inclusion.”

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Bishop Luong received numerous phone calls as the flood waters were rising. “The local cell phone towers were not working but long distance towers were in operation, and he took frantic calls from his former parishioners who were hovering on rooftops,” Giacomi remembers. “He was actually coordinating rescues from his office in Orange. I knew that we had been fortunate to receive a very special priest as our auxiliary, but that cemented my deep respect and admiration for him.”

Besides enhancing the Asian presence among Orange County Catholics, Bishop Luong has an easygoing way that makes him a joy to work with, Bishop Brown says.

“He has served not only the people of the Diocese of Orange, which has the largest Vietnamese population outside of Vietnam, but as the only Vietnamese-American bishop in the U.S.A., he represents Vietnamese Catholics all over the world,” notes Father Kerry Beaulieu, pastor of Our Lady Queen of Angels parish in Newport Beach. “Bishop Dominic was a great support to me during the building of our church. He lived here for seven years and was a joy to have in the rectory.”