A number of Little Sisters of the Poor, Residents and AJJ members were among the more than 2,800 gathered Saturday, November 3rd for the Magnificat Day of Faith. This event was the first Catholic event held at the Crystal Cathedral which is the future Christ Cathedral for the Diocese of Orange.
“I have been here before for Christmas and Easter productions,” said Anne Coyne, a Resident and AJJ member. “It is unbelievably thrilling that this is soon to become the center of the Catholic Church in Orange County.”
The gathering was inspired by Pope Benedict XVI’s “Year of Faith”. It was an opportunity for those attending to follow his proclamation to celebrate the “joy of believing.” The day brought together faithful Catholics to be inspired by liturgical prayer and song, outstanding presentations by leading Catholic thinkers, magnificent renderings of sacred art and much more.
“The keynote speaker was Clara Gaymard whose father discovered the chromosome for Down Syndrome,” explains Sister Paul. “She gave great testimony for respect for life at all phases. The spontaneous and lengthy applause from the audience brought tears to my eyes.”
“The whole day was incredible,” says Rita Swartz, development director. “Fr. Peter Cameron, OP, was totally amazing. I sat there wishing that I could rewind him and catch a key point over again. On Sunday, I found an internet video of a presentation he recently gave to open the Year of Faith in the Diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina. I was thrilled that much of the material was the same – so I got my wish.”
(Fr. Cameron: Magnificat Day of Faith)