WELLS OF LIFE
On June 7, the Diocese of Orange welcomed The Honorable Charles Peter Mayiga, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Buganda, and the Prince of Buganda, David Kintu Wasajja to the Christ Cathedral Campus.
Both guests, who share the Catholic faith, were in town to personally express their gratitude to the fellow Catholics of Orange County for their unwavering support of the “Wells of Life,” a non-profit Christian organization whose mission is to provide rural Ugandans access to safe, clean water.
During their visit, they were treated to a tour of the campus, leaving the Prime Minister in awe as he remarked, “I am blown away by the cathedral, the organ, the organist and everybody else here. How magnificent this church is, it’s not like something you see every day.”
OC Catholic featured a story on Wells of Life: https://www.occatholic.com/wells-for-life/
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS WHEELCHAIR PROGRAM AT ST. IRENAEUS
As part of the annual Knights of Columbus Council 8599 annual Memorial Day Weekend campaign, St. Irenaeus parishioners, friends and neighbors generously contributed just over $22,000, sufficient to purchase 125 wheelchairs to be donated to military veterans in the area.
“This is an excellent and rewarding example of spirituality,” said Grand Knight Rick Tkach, “helping those in need, and at the same time thanking veterans for their service to our country”.
Tkach also extended thanks to the 20 Knights who led the campaign.
The Knights’ wheelchair program at St. Irenaeus began in 2013, and since then parish donations have purchased more than 1,500 wheelchairs for veterans.
-Submitted by Irv Cuevas
DIOCESE OF ORANGE OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS RECOGNIZED BY CATHOLIC MEDIA ASSOCIATION
The Office of Communications was recently recognized in a national contest for content that promotes the Diocese.
Judges on behalf of the Catholic Media Association honored the team with seven Catholic Press Awards for its social media, videos, podcasts, digital work and Orange County Catholic newspaper. Five of the awards were first-place wins, including Social Media Professional of the Year for Shay Ryan, the Diocese’s digital, brand and marketing manager.
OC Catholic was recognized in the following category: Best Print Special Supplement — One-Time Special Issue — 2nd Place Orange County Catholic, “The Return of an Icon: Hazel is Back” — Patricia Mahoney, Editor; Msgr. Stephen Doktorczyk, Executive Editor; The Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, Bishop of Orange, Publisher.