By Staff     6/16/2021


The Christian faith in the Philippines is 500 years old this year and celebrated worldwide by Filipinos, including those in the Diocese of Orange. Ferdinand Magellan of Spain arrived in the Philippines on March 16, 1521. He claimed the archipelago in the name of King Philip II and named the country “Las Islas Filipinas”. He came bringing the good news and God’s love. A week later, the first Mass was celebrated on March 31, 1521 on Limasawa Island, off Leyte. Several days later, Magellan was in Cebu and hosted by Rajah Humabon. With the healing of a long ailing grandson, Rajah Humabon and 800 of his subjects converted and were baptized into the Catholic faith.  

Diocese of Orange Bishop Kevin Vann will celebrate a Thanksgiving Mass on Saturday, June 26, 2021, 10 a.m. at Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, followed by a Barrio Fiesta  reception in nearby St Pius V Church in Buena Park. 

Hosted by the Diocese of Orange San Jose Filipino Ministry, DOSJFM invites you to join O.C. Filipino parishioners in this celebration.  Please send your RSVP via the group’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/DOSJFM  to register & obtain a free ticket. For further information: [email protected].