Ministry to Priests

The Ministry to Priests Office serves the priests of the diocese by supporting them in their lifelong process of ongoing formation. This process calls the priest to attend to his spiritual, human, intellectual and pastoral development for his own well-being with the ultimate goal of giving the best possible service to the people of the Church. The office is directed by the Episcopal Vicar for Priests appointed full time by the Bishop to serve the Church in Orange. The mandated focus is pastoral service to all incardinated priests of the diocese (active disabled, retired); in addition and as they request it, the service extends to externs and religious priests en- gaged in ministry in the Diocese.

We Offer:

  • Spiritual formation including retreats and days of prayer
  • Human formation including intergenerational and age group convocations, support groups, priest mentors, workshops
  • Intellectual formation including graduate studies, language studies, study days, seminars, sabbaticals
  • Pastoral formation including new priest program, new pastor program, skills workshops and seminars
  • Services for retired priests
  • Pastoral support and assistance in times of illness or other times of need


Rev. Bruce Patterson, Episcopal Vicar for Priests



Margaret Cain, Administrative Assistant


FAX  714-282-3013


Rev. Eamon O’Gorman, Associate Vicar for Retired Priests