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Our Lady of LaVang Shrine Announcement

December 7, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Orange County is home to nearly 100,000 Catholics of Vietnamese ancestry. This vibrant community has pledged to build a national shrine honoring Our Lady of LaVang and the contributions of the Vietnamese people to the American Church on the Christ Cathedral campus. Join the Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, the Very Reverend Christopher Smith, Rector and Episcopal Vicar of Christ Cathedral, members of the Our Lady of LaVang committee, the group leading this philanthropic effort, and the architectural team designing the shrine for a detailed briefing on this important project.

When: December 7, 2016 at 11 a.m.

Where: Cultural Center Lobby

Christ Cathedral Campus

13280 Chapman Ave.

Garden Grove, CA 92840


About Our Lady of LaVang

Fearing the spread of the Catholicism, the Cảnh Thịnh Emperor restricted the practice of Catholicism in Vietnam in 1798. Soon after, the emperor issued an anti-Catholic edict and a brutal persecution began. Many people sought refuge in the rainforest of La Vang in Quảng Trị Province, Vietnam, and many became very ill. While hiding in the jungle, the community gathered every night at the foot of a tree to pray the rosary.

One night, an apparition of the Blessed Mother dressed in the traditional Vietnamese áo dài, holding the infant Jesus in her arms, and flanked by two Angels of the Lord appeared to them in the branches of the tree. Our Lady comforted them and told them to boil leaves from the trees for medicine to cure their illnesses.

In 1802 the Christians returned to their villages, passing on the story of the apparition in La Vang and its message. As the story of the apparition spreads, many came to pray at this site and to offer incense. In 1820, a chapel was built.


Pastoral Center

Communications Department

13280 Chapman Avenue

Garden Grove, CA 92840

office: 714-282-3075         fax: 714-282-302


December 7, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Cathedral Cultural Center Lobby
13280 Chapman Ave
Garden Grove, CA United States
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