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

Today’s guest plays a very key role in all of the day to day activities that take place on the campus of Christ Cathedral. Her name is Kymmberly Binnquist, and she has some fascinating stories and insights to share with us on this program.

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Originally broadcast on 5/23/20


The stigma associated with attending church remains, yet a growing number of young women are seeking truth, spirituality, a deep connection with God, and ways to serve the community. 

In fact, growing numbers of young people are gravitating toward consecration – including ordination as priests, taking vows as religious, or living consecrated live in community or individually. 

“Come and See Day,” held at the Heart of Jesus Retreat Center in Santa Ana, is a recent example of meetings, retreats, and workshops offered by religious communities responding to questioning young people discerning vocations. 

“It’s important for all young people to be open to what God is calling them to,” explains Sister Gabrielle Vogl, director of the center and a member of the Sisters of the Society Devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  

“The possibility of religious life helps women to fully give themselves to what God has planned,” Sister Vogl explains. “God’s plans are infinitely greater than what we can come up with ourselves.” 

About 20 young women attended the Nov. 3 “Come and See Day,” she notes. “Not only were the numbers good, but these women in particular showed a remarkable maturity. There was a depth to them showing they are ready to respond to God.” 

Events like “Come and See Day” allow young people to easily witness the charism of a particular institute or religious community, says Joan Patten AO, Diocese of Orange Delegate for Consecrated Life. “It is always very helpful for young people discerning to hear vocation or discernment stories. Experiences such as these usually provide structured opportunities to pray, which is ultimately where one hears the call from the Lord.” 

When the disciples noticed the extraordinary life of Jesus, they were attracted and asked Him, ‘where are you staying?’ Patten notes. “Jesus invited his disciples ‘to come and see.’ The invitation strikes their hearts and they respond by following Him.”  

While young people have a lot of opportunities both in the world and in the Church, “a vocation to consecrated life is always in the context of a relationship of love and it is important to remember that our identity and particular vocation flow from this relationship.” 

Discerning young people want to know how to identify God’s call. “It’s a pretty big question,” agrees Sister Vogl. “The second-biggest question is how to deal with the perceived things that one gives up as a religious.  

“What is it like to take a vow of obedience? Do you miss not having a husband and children? We help them try to understand what is considered a loss by the world’s standards and show the gains that come from giving all to our Lord.” 

There is a deep fulfillment that comes from God, she declares. “An intimate relationship with Him can be just as or even more fulfilling than marriage or children. It is the consolation that Our Lord gives that sustains us.” 

A vocational retreat December 28-30 at the center will attract women 17 to 25 years old and a number of adult education programs are upcoming, Sister Vogl notes. For more information, visit or call the Heart of Jesus Retreat Center at 714-557-4538. The center is located at 2927 S. Greenville Street, Santa Ana. 


Episode No. 63 Saturday June 22, 2019 Your hosts John A. Romeri, Christ Cathedral Director of Music and David L. Ball, Cathedral Assistant Director of Music and Organist


Hear John and David describe the amazing artists and  music coming to Christ Cathedral in our 4th season of concerts.


Christ Cathedral Concerts 2019 – 2020

Sunday, July 21, 2019  3 PM  Christ Cathedral

Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School

Charles Cole, Conductor

            MUSIC:   Haec Dies, John Shappard

            MUSIC:   Salvator Mundi, Thomas Tallis


Thursday, August 1, 2019  7:30 PM Christ Cathedral

Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale performs Beethoven 9th Symphony

Carl St. Clair, Conductor

            MUSIC:  Symphony No 9  4th Movement  Ludwig van Beethoven

            MUSIC:  Symphony No 9  4th Movement finale  Ludwig van Beethoven


Tuesday, August 6, 2019  7:30 PM Christ Cathedral Arboretum

Libera Boy Choir of London

Robert Prizeman, Conductor

            MUSIC:  Libera   Robert Prizeman
MUSIC:  Sanctus   Johann Pachebel/Robert Prizeman


Saturday, October 24, 2019  2 PM  Christ Cathedral

Mark Thallander Foundation Festival of Faith

Dr. Mack Wilberg, Conductor


Wednesday, November 20, 2019  7:30 PM   Christ Cathedral

Tenebrae Choir of London

Nigel Short, Conductor

            MUSIC: Ubi Caritas   Paul Mealor

            MUSIC:  Path of Miracles  “Leon”  Joby Talbot


Friday, December 13, 2019   Christ Cathedral

Christmas at the Cathedral

Christ Cathedral Choirs

            MUSIC:  The Snow Lay on the Ground  arr. Julian Wachner


Saturday, January 18, 2020  8:00 PM   Christ Cathedral

Westminster Choir from Westminster Choir College

Dr. Joe Miller, Conductor

            MUSIC:  Haec Dies   William Byrd

            MUSIC:  The Lord Bless You and Keep You   Peter Lutkin


Friday, April 24, 2020  7:30 PM  Christ Cathedral

Cathedral Choir from Notre Dame, Paris

Henri Chalet, Conductor   Yves Castagnet, Organist

            MUSIC:  Messe Salve Regina  Yves Castagnet


Friday, May 15, 2020  8:00 PM  Christ Cathedral

Hazel Wright Organ Rededication

            MUSIC:  Cantata No. 29  Johann S. Bach   Paul Jacobs, Organist