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Welcome to another episode of Cathedral Square featuring your host, Fr. Christopher Smith.

On this week’s program, we visit with a married couple who have a wealth of fun an interesting stories to share. Their names are Tom and Joanne Peters, and they have been married for more than 50 years. To top it off, they just happen to be the owners of the Christ Cathedral Gift Shop, which is housed right here on the campus of Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove.

Listen as Tom & Joanne share their amazing and inspiring journey of faith together.






Original broadcast date 7/10/21


Host Rick Howick interviews guests on a variety of topics. On this week’s program, Rick welcomes James Day as our in-studio guest.

James is literally our “next door neighbor” at OC Catholic Radio, as he is the Operations Director for EWTN’s west coast studios.

He is also quite a prolific writer, having recently penned a book about the transformation of Christ Cathedral and what this means for the Diocese of Orange.

Today, James shares about a fascinating series of articles that he has written about the Sistine Chapel Exhibit at Christ Cathedral. It is a must see!



Originally broadcast on 1/11/20


The Christ Cathedral Drama Series, through a partnership with the Diocese of Orange and St. Luke Productions, will debut in the Christ Cathedral Cultural Center’s Freed Theater beginning in August.

The vision of the partnership is to answer Pope Francis’ call to evangelize to all by bringing the Gospel to life through live theater. The 2015-2016 drama series kicks off August 21 with “Faustina” and continues through March 2016 with “Therese,” “Tolton” and “The Passion.”

“Last year Bishop Vann was instrumental in bringing the productions of “Faustina” and “Vianney” to the Christ Cathedral campus,” said Ryan Lilyengren, director of communications for the Diocese of Orange. “The response to these productions was incredible. They showed us how on the Cathedral campus we can join entertainment, art and culture with our mission to build understanding and engagement with the history and teachings of the Catholic Church.”

The unique collaboration between the diocese and Saint Luke Productions (SLP) came about when Leonardo Defilippis, president of SLP reconnected with Bishop Vann at last year’s Napa Institute, at which a production of “Faustina” was presented.

“I had known him [Bishop Vann] from his earlier days in the 90s as a pastor in the Springfield diocese,” Defilippis said. “He was very engaged and interested in what we were doing and invited me to explore the idea of coming to the Christ Cathedral campus.”

Bishop Kevin Vann said of the partnership: “The Christ Cathedral Drama Series is a creative and dynamic means of engaging and inspiring the faithful, and another important avenue for welcoming people into a life with faith in God at its center. This series represents an important way that we are using creative programing on the Christ Cathedral campus to support the journey of faith of Catholics in our diocese and beyond.”

The drama series supports the vision of the diocese to share the cathedral with all faiths.

“The history and location of the Christ Cathedral campus allow the Diocese of Orange to create a true center of art and culture for all, said Lilyengren. “This inspiring 34 acre campus is situated at the center point of most of our major freeways and just 10 minutes from Disneyland. It is our hope that families make the Christ Cathedral a must-visit spot on their itinerary when visiting Southern California. We also hope that they will take the time to experience these wonderful productions.”

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GARDEN GROVE — Pastors and Pastoral Services Appeal (PSA) leaders from all 62 parishes and centers in the Diocese of Orange gathered at the Cultural Center on the Christ Cathedral campus Dec. 5 for the annual PSA Kickoff Luncheon, in advance of the appeal’s start in January.

Bishop Kevin Vann addressed the group and thanked the representatives for their efforts and, following lunch, Marc Pitman, a nationally recognized author and speaker, presented a motivational talk on the many places in Scripture in which Jesus discusses money and the verses address financial stewardship.

The 2015 PSA—an annual campaign of the Orange Catholic Foundation that raises and grants funds to support ministries and services of the Diocese of Orange—will officially begin in all parishes and centers in the diocese beginning in January and will continue through Dec. 31, 2015. The fundraising goal for the year is $6,222,000.

Each parish is assigned a fundraising goal for the year, and every dollar that is raised over the parish goal is returned to the parish in the form of a rebate each month. The Orange Catholic Foundation has projected that parishes will receive rebates totaling $4,500,000 in 2015.