On Saturday, July 22, the 7th Annual Camino de Santiago will once again take place at Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church in Lake Forest. This Camino is a re-creation of the pilgrimage celebrated throughout the year by thousands from around the world to the Shrine of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

In addition to the usual three routes —  7 miles, 4 miles, and mini-Camino — this year a Camino for families with young children has been added. It is a shorter version of the 7- and 4-mile routes with activities
and reflections for the youngest in the community.

This year’s theme is “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (Jn 10:10) and the walk will focus on the pilgrims’ reflections, prayers and activities in the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

The walk will be followed by a Holy Mass, food, music, games, movies and fellowship.

Catholic Charities Auxiliary, the original founders of Catholic Charities of Orange County, recently raised a record $129,000. The group of Catholic women raise money annually from a variety of ways, including the annual Inspirational Catholic Women event.

Most of the funds will support Catholic Charities’ New Hope Counseling team to provide assistance with mental health services in the Diocese’s Catholic schools.

The Cantlay Food Distribution Center in Santa Ana and its Garden of Hope will also benefit.


The OLLV Foundation and Christ Cathedral hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on July 5 for the St. Callistus Chapel and Crypts project.

Bishop Kevin Vann presided over the blessing for the chapel, which is scheduled to be completed in summer 2024.

The space, located in the cathedral undercroft, is named after the St. Callistus parish in Garden Grove that closed in 2013 as part of the cathedral property sale to the Diocese of Orange the year prior. The blessing was livestreamed and can be watched on YouTube.

“Welcome to everybody here in this momentous step, and last step, in the construction of Christ Cathedral,” Bishop Vann said. “The work we are beginning today should enliven our faith and make us grateful.”

Bishop added, “Let us pray for His help through this celebration, my brothers and sisters and friends all, that God will bring the construction of the St. Callistus Chapel and Crypts to successful completion and His protection will keep those who work on it safe from injury.”

The $14.5-million modern Byzantine style chapel will contain about 12,500 square feet. It is being designed to accommodate approximately 250 people, making it smaller and more intimate than the cathedral above.

The crypts will have 40 burial spaces for the Bishops of Orange and another 700 niches for all the faithful. The general contractor is Driver SPG. The architectural firm is Johnson Fain of Los Angeles, with sacred art consultancy from Granda of Madrid, Spain.

Construction and fundraising for the St. Callistus Chapel and Crypts is by the OLLV Foundation, which has already raised more than $8 million toward the effort. For more information, visit www.stcallistuschapel.org or call (714) 282-4290.