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Vocations in Diocese of Orange

Men Interested in Diocesan Priesthood

“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” (Mt 9:37-38)

The Diocese of Orange Vocations Office periodically hosts vocation events through the year designed to provide young men more information about priesthood. For more upcoming events, simply click on their website at 

Fr. Brandon Dang

Director of Priestly Vocations

Fr. Brandon is a director of Priestly Vocations. He was born is Torrance, CA and some of his hobbies including playing basketball, binge-watching TV show and movies, playing guitar, and photography. His favorite aspect as a priest has been celebrating the Sacraments and giving spiritual direction. His favorite saints are St. lgnatius of Loyola and St. Therese of Lisieux. Once, Fr. Brandon made 16 consecutive free-throws in a basketball game.  

Joan Patten, AO

Delegate for Consecrated Life

Joan is the Delegate for Consecrated Life. She is a consecrated laywoman in the Secular Institute of the Apostolic Oblates. Originally from Omaha, NE, Joan was sent by her community to California in 2013 and has called it home ever since. She lives with a few other consecrated members from the Apostolic Oblates in Fullerton, CA where they manage the Pro Sanctity Retreat Center. As the Delegate for Consecrated Life, she supports and promotes the consecrated men and women and religious communities in the Diocese of Orange. She also collaborates with Fr. Brandon, the Vocation Director, with vocational promotion and discernment opportunities for youth and young adults. Joan loves to help people learn how to pray and deepen their relationship with Jesus. She also enjoys coffee and going to the beach.  

To contact them personally, simply call the Office of Vocations at (714) 282-3000.


Priesthood Ordination – 2023


Bishop Kevin Vann most recently ordinated the following young men as Transitional Deacons to the Priesthood.  Ian Gaston, David Moreno and Benjamin Nguyen were formally ordained into the Diocesan Diaconate during a service at Christ Cathedral. They will be ordinated as priests in June of  2023 at Christ Cathedral.
Please constantly support, promote and pray for Vocations to the Priesthood, the Diaconate, and the Consecrated Life.