Msgr. Stephen Doktorczyk

Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia

Msgr. Stephen Doktorczyk, JCD, MBA, ordained a priest in 2005, is a canon lawyer and the Vicar General for the Diocese of Orange. In this role, he serves as a top deputy for Most Reverend Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, overseeing administrative affairs for the Diocese.

Msgr. Doktorczyk earned a bachelor’s degree in 2004 from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome and, in 2007, a Licenciate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

His past assignments for the Diocese include parochial vicar at St. Joachim Parish in Costa Mesa, adjutant judicial vicar in the Diocesan Tribunal and Judicial Vicar. In 2011, he served in Rome as an official in the Discipline Section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. That same year, he began as an adjunct spiritual director at the North American College in Rome. He also undertook doctoral studies in canon law at the Gregorian University, where in October 2015 he successfully defended his dissertation entitled: “Persistent Disobedience to Church Authority: History, Analysis and Application of Canon 1371, 2º.” After the dissertation was published in 2016, Doktorczyk returned home to the Diocese, where he was appointed Judicial Vicar.

On April 1, 2018, he was assigned as Vicar General and is in residence at St. Polycarp Catholic Church in Stanton, Calif. Prior to entering the seminary, Msgr. Doktorczyk worked in the grocery business and human resources. He earned a master’s of business administration in 1998 from California State University Long Beach.