Communications & Media Relations

The Office of Communications tells the story of the Catholic Church in Orange County, one of the largest and most diverse faith communities in the U.S.

With a mission to preserve and enhance the integrity of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, the Office of Communications is composed of an experienced team who work collaboratively to produce comprehensive and dynamic strategic communications. This includes multi-faceted, well-crafted tactical programs and the distribution of timely messaging to the public, parishioners, clergy, diocesan staff members and the news media.

The office uses analytics, traditional communications platforms and new technologies to engage, educate and inform secular and religious audiences across Southern California and beyond.

Comprised of experts with experience in communications, marketing, advertising and journalism, the communications team is dedicated to develop and deliver messaging that is authentic, effective and inspiring.

The Office of Communications is located at the Pastoral Center on the Christ Cathedral Campus.

13280 Chapman Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92840-4414
714-282-3000

Media Relations

The Office of Communications distributes press releases to the daily and weekly secular newspapers and broadcast outlets throughout Southern California and across the globe. The office also responds to inquiries and requests from media outlets.

Social Media

The Office of Communications manages multiple social media platforms to share news and information in an engaging and accessible format. The office utilizes blogs, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and a smart phone application.

Internal Communications

The Office of Communications is responsible for the management and coordination of all internal communications between the Pastoral Offices and the diocese’s 62 parishes and Catholic centers, 41 schools and the many ministries and outreach programs. The Internal Communications program includes a variety of newsletter, e-mail and other digital media campaigns.

Orange County Catholic

Orange County Catholic is the official newspaper and digital news platform of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. OC Catholic is produced in collaboration with Southern California News group, publisher of the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News and 9 additional newspapers across the Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange County regions.

OC Catholic Radio

Orange County Catholic Radio produces original content from studios at the Tower of Hope on the Christ Cathedral Campus that airs on Relevant Radio – AM 930, AM 1000, EWTN and SiriusXM radio channel 130. Live streaming and podcasts are available at www.occatholic.com.

Programs include: Catholic Sports View, Music From the Tower with John Romeri, OC Catholic Radio, Empowered by the Spirit, Trending with Christ & Timmerie and Call Me Catholic.

 

Meet The Team


Hank Evers

Interim Strategic Communications Director

hankevers@rcbo.org
714-282-3075

From 2011 through 2018, Hank served as Director of Development and Communications for the Orange Catholic Foundation where he planned, managed, and executed a well-crafted strategic marketing communications plan that supported all development activities of the Foundation, including the For Christ Forever Capital Campaign and the annual Conference on Business & Ethics.

Before joining the Orange Catholic Foundation, he managed the multinational sales and marketing efforts at Pioneer Electronics, Sony, Thales Avionics, and M.C. Gill Corporation. Locally, he created entrepreneurial success while managing the operations of Doan Law Firm based in San Clemente. Hank has also served as the volunteer director of public relations for the California State Council of the Knights of Columbus and served on the board of St. Edward the Confessor Parish School.

Hank is youngest of 12 children. He and his wife, Lori, enjoy their 4 children and 7 grandkids.

Douglas Morino

Strategic Communications Manager

dmorino@rcbo.org
714-282-6052

Doug oversees content strategy, including internal communications and social media, for the Diocese of Orange. He also is a contributing writer to OC Catholic. He believes words are best used when they transform, inspire and drive people to positive action.

Prior to joining the Diocese, Doug worked as a communications specialist for the University of Southern California and as a staff writer for the Orange County Register, Daily Breeze and Palos Verdes Peninsula News.

Doug earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Francisco State University and master’s degree in communication management from USC.

Outside of the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, being outdoors and traveling.

 

Christina Montes

Assistant

cmontes@rcbo.org
714-282-6035

Christina is the assistant to the Director of Communications and supports the Office of Communications team’s activities in numerous ways, as well as handling administrative duties. Prior to joining the Diocese of Orange in 2013, she worked for Freeman McCue Public Relations.

Christina earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University, Fullerton.

Gabriella Karina

Schools Enrollment and Marketing Manager

gkarina@rcbo.org
714-282-6053

Gabriella joined the Diocese of Orange from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Her primary focus is to drive external marketing programs in support of OC Catholic schools. This includes print and broadcast advertising, digital advertising, and managing an owned media/brand journalism program.

Her background includes Catholic schools admission and marketing, event management, and staff professional development trainings. Gabriella attended Catholic schools in Jakarta, Cincinnati, and Boston. She is deeply grateful for the opportunity to tell the world about Catholic education. It is a place where people inspire one another to dream big, think deeply, and live with a joyful heart.

Gabriella holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Boston College.