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It’s time for another episode of Cathedral Square featuring host Fr. Christopher Smith.

This week, Fr. Christopher welcomes Katie Dawson to the studio. Katie is the Director of Parish Evangelization and Faith Formation for the Diocese of Orange. She’ll talk about the important role we all play in sharing our Catholic faith with others. They will also discuss an event called the Diocesan Ministries Celebration that recently took place on the campus of Christ Cathedral.

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Originally broadcast on 10/9/21



Jesus has given the world a way to real peace here and in His kingdom to come. The world desperately needs to hear this good news! Yet how do we get a hearing from our friends and family members who no longer go to church – maybe no longer believe? What can we say that will plant a seed; move their hearts?

The upcoming Diocesan Ministries Cel­ebration at Christ Cathedral Campus will help us to do that!

You may not know that Diocesan Minis­tries Celebration or DMC has been around a long time in our diocese. DMC is the largest diocesan gathering of Catholics in Orange County focused on evangelization. For many years, DMC was directed mainly towards training teachers and catechists for classroom religious education. In 2019, in response to the Diocesan Strategic Plan and the priority of evangelization, DMC was re-directed to all Catholics of the diocese. The day still involves catechists and teach­ers, but also and especially every Catholic who wants to deepen their love and witness for Jesus and the Church.

Moved from Mater Dei High School to Christ Cathedral Campus in 2019, DMC is a key event in equipping the faithful to live out the mission of evangelization in their daily lives. Keynote presentations in three language tracks will feature important voices in American Cathol­icism: renowned Catholic evangelist Chris Stefanick in English, Leyden Rovelo-Krull, director for Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in Spanish and Sister Theresa Marie Chau Viet Nguyen, OP, up and coming national presenter in Vietnamese.

The emphasis is on evangelization. In the United States, most religions are seeing a dramatic drop in mem­bership. While the Catholic Church continues to grow numerically, we know that there is a significant drop off of Catholics born into the faith. In speaking to a local Evangelical pastor, he shared that he had a number of ex-Catholics in his congregation. He told me they did not leave angry or because of a bad experience, they just got lost.

Each of us knows someone who “used to be Catholic”. We also know many others who need the Good News. This is the challenge that DMC addresses. Faith is certainly about learning the message of the Gospel, but it is also knowing and loving the person that gave us that Gospel in the first place. At DMC 2021, we will learn how to share the Gospel with others, how to bring that good news to family and friends.

Get the word out! Oct. 16 at Christ Cathedral! DMC is coming! Together let us worship the Lord and through our faith in Christ and His Church let’s get ourselves energized and invite back into the fold those who have left and those who are searching.

Register now:


If you weren’t among the more than 500 Catholics who enjoyed the Oct. 17 virtual Diocesan Ministries Celebration, you can still enjoy the outstanding content that was presented at the daylong event by viewing the DMC2020 archives.  

The inspiring theme of this year’s online event is “Learning the Great Story.” The “Who do you say that I am” segment is a great resource for personal or group reflection and prayer, and will provide an overview of the GREAT STORY OF JESUS, which is the foundation of our faith. The keynotes provide a clear-headed analysis of the challenges to faith in the 21st century and how each of us can share the gospel with others. 

All resources are available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese, until Feb. 1, 2021. Take advantage of this great resource that will inspire you to “go deeper “as a missionary disciple at 


This years Diocesan Ministries Celebration was held for the first time on the campus of Christ Cathedral, with a special Mass celebrated in the cathedral. Our bishops led presentations on the direction of the Diocese and our increased focus on evangelization and faith formation. 

There were keynote and short sessions for each of the followingthree language communities: English, Spanish and Vietnamese.The focus of this event was the call to discipleship with the reminder that every baptized person has to be an evangelizer. 

Audio of the presentations is available at 



Host Rick Howick interviews guests on a variety of topics. This week, Rick welcomes two very special people to our studio, Katie Dawson and Fr. Al Baca. Together our guests will be talking about a very special Diocesan Ministries Celebration that is happening on the campus of Christ Cathedral on Saturday, October 12th, and YOU are invited to attend!

Listen in, and hear all about it. Please share this podcast with a friend!





Originally broadcast on 9/21/19