Saturday, April 02, 2005

Did Pope John Paul II Ever Visit Orange County?

I did some researching online to see if Pope John Paul II ever visited Orange County. Thus far, I haven't seen any documentation suggesting he did. In September 15 and 16, 1987, he visited Southern California. But his visit appeared to be limited to Los Angeles County. I imagine Bishop Norman McFarland, who was the Bishop of Orange County at the time, probably went up to see him.

If anyone has any information to share about a connection between Pope John Paul II and Orange County, please post a comment. Maybe the Pope landed his plane at El Toro MCAS? Maybe he spoke of something having to do with Orange County?


  1. I don't believe that JPII did visit OC.

    I do however recall reading in the Diocesan paper that when one of OC's Bishops (I believe Todd Brown) visited the Vatican, JPII asked him whether they still grew any oranges in OC!

  2. Its probably not well known but he did visit OC during this visit Pope John PaulII stopped at a private house in Santa Ana Hills to thank a Man for a very large donation to the church (a monastary in Spain)I saw his picture in the house

  3. In the 80's I was a member of a parish in Huntington Beach, and was given two tickets (chosen through a lottery) to see Pope John Paul II at the Coloseum in LA. We met attendees from other OC parishes at a Cypress church and were bussed to the mass.


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