“We are delighted that the Bishop of Orange, Kevin Vann, has visited our Catholic School to address the students, faculty and administration. During his stay he celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and blessed our new altar and retablo to be used for our weekly, all school Masses,” said JSerra Chairman, Tim Busch.
As part of the coursework in Ribera’s religion class the students were required to research Bishop Vann, who was appointed in 2012, and write him a letter inquiring about various facets of his journey to become a Bishop.
“I told the students we would send Bishop Vann their letters, thinking I would perhaps get a kind note back,” said Ribera. “To my surprise I received a phone call saying that he would like to come visit, I was blown away.”
A few weeks later Bishop Vann arrived on-campus and shared his life’s journey to eventually being appointed a Bishop. Reading from the letters the students sent him, he answered some questions they had submitted from their project.
Student (SQ): What has changed in your everyday life since becoming a Bishop?
Bishop Vann (BV): I think the biggest change has actually been learning to live in different areas. You have to be able to adapt to your surroundings, which can be challenging at times.
SQ: How did you design your coat of arms?
BV: Well each coat of arms is to be specific to each Bishop to express who you are. For mine I choose a blue crest to symbolize Mary, a French cross to symbolize reform, and two keys to symbolize the kingdom of heaven.
SQ: As a Bishop you are at the third level of the holy order, what’s the responsibility like?
BV: There are 1.3 million Catholics in California, a much bigger number then I have had in the past, however I try to not think about it and take it all one day at a time.
SQ: How did you get into your vocation?
BV: I came from a big family that had to sacrifice many things in order for us to attend Catholic schools growing up, which taught me how important it is to have a faith-filled educational background. This to me, translated into the importance of having a real relationship with Christ in my everyday life. I earned a degree in science and worked for a period of time before seeing more and more that Christ is in everything and that is when I joined the church.
SQ: What is one piece of advice you could give to help strengthen your relationship with God?
BV: You have to talk to God, and spend time together investing in your relationship. It is the same as if it were with a friend or spouse.
Join the Choral Department for an evening of dinner, raffle baskets, and a beautiful evening of classical choral and vocal music performed by JSerra students. The night will open with a beautiful setting of Amazing Grace – written for the children who lost parents on September 11.
With seven languages explored as well are repertoire spanning 400 years you will not want to miss our chamber singers, advanced women’s ensemble and soloists. These are the same ensembles that performed last year in a solo concert in Carnegie Hall and performed for Pope Benedict in 2011. The students are not only talented, but hardworking and dedicated to bringing the beauty of choral music to our community.
The concert is Friday, November 9 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in San Clemente. Dinner begins at 6:30, concert at 7:30, to purchase tickets please visit the cashier’s office.
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Parents you are invited to a study of John Paul II teachings on God and the meaning of life. This is an introduction to the material studied in senior year religion class about the Theology of the Body. Adults only please.
For more information please contact Carmen Ribera at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Lady Lions in the JSerra Center Room, for a chance to meet fellow Lion mothers to connect over appetizers. Enjoy a time of fellowship and a word from special guest Juliette Marsh-Williams.
Marsh-Williams is a Canon Lawyer of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, as well as a retreat director and preacher at Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center. For eight years, she was Pastoral Associate at St. Elizabeth’s parish, and was a 2008 recipient of the Lily Foundation grant for Pastoral Leadership. She holds a licentiate in Canon Law from the Catholic University of America.
JSerra Center Room | West End
5:30 – 6:30 Meet & Great other JSerra Mothers | 6:30 – 7:30 | Juliette Marsh-Williams
*Drinks and appetizers provided
Hosted by the Lady Lions Mom’s Group | Part of the JSerra Parents Association