“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.
Domino’s Pizza mogul, Tom Monaghan was welcomed by a loud applause and cheers by the JSerra community, as he shared how he was orphaned at six, found faith and fortune, then gave it all away.
A charismatic Monaghan lives to share his faith with as many people as he comes in contact with. Having built his career from his home town of Ann Arbor, Michigan after leaving the Marine’s, Monaghan purchased what is now Domino’s Pizza and found great success.
“While pizza was my start, my finish will be of far greater value then the monetary things of the world,” said Monaghan. “Bringing Catholicism to communities through media, business and education are my passion.”
After selling Domino’s in 1998, Monaghan opened the doors to Ave Maria University, in Florida.
“He is the most impactful Catholic businessman in the nation,” said JSerra Founder and close friend Tim Busch. “Tom has been inspirational in my life for the last 20 years. Legatus has change my life and lead me to found St. Anne and then JSerra as well as other ministries.”
Receiving many thanks from students and parents for his time and inspiration, Monaghan concluded his visit giving thanks to the JSerra community for the faith filled and unified education being provided to the future of our nation.
Watch the full video on JSerra’s YouTube channel.
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