Kevin Vann

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Kevin William Vann

Bishop of Orange,
Ecclesiastical Delegate for the Pastoral Provision
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Vann in 2017
ArchdioceseLos Angeles
AppointedSeptember 21, 2012
InstalledDecember 10, 2012
PredecessorTod Brown
OrdinationMay 30, 1981
by Joseph Alphonse McNicholas
ConsecrationJuly 13, 2005
by José Horacio Gómez, Raymond Leo Burke, George Joseph Lucas
Personal details
Birth nameKevin William Vann
Born (1951-05-10) May 10, 1951 (age 69)
Springfield, Illinois
ParentsWilliam Vann
Theresa Jones
Previous postBishop of Fort Worth (2005-2012)
Alma mater
MottoIn fide et dileccione in Christo Iesu
Latin: In the faith and love in Christ Jesus
Styles of
Kevin William Vann
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

Kevin William Vann (born May 10, 1951) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He was named bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange by Pope Benedict XVI, succeeding the retiring bishop, Tod David Brown, on September 21, 2012. Vann is the ecclesiastical delegate for the Pastoral Provision for Former Anglicans.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

The eldest of six children, Kevin Vann was born in Springfield, Illinois, to William and Theresa (née Jones) Vann.[2][dead link] His father was a postal worker, and his mother was a nurse and clinical instructor at St. John's Hospital.

After attending Griffin High School, Vann studied at Springfield College and Millikin University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology in 1974. He then worked as a medical technologist at St. John's Hospital before entering Immaculate Conception Seminary in 1976. From 1977 to 1981, he studied at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.


Vann was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Joseph McNicholas on May 30, 1981.[3] He then furthered his studies in canon law at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, residing at the Pontifical North American College. It was at the Angelicum that in May 1985 that he earned his Doctor of Canon Law (JCD) degree.

Upon his return to the United States in 1985, Vann served as parochial vicar at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Springfield until 1990. He served as judge, defender of the bond, and procurator on the diocesan tribunal from 1985 to 1994, also serving on the metropolitan court of appeals for the Province of Chicago. Between 1989 and 1990, he was also parochial administrator of St. Mary Parish in Pittsfield, Holy Redeemer Parish in Barry, and Holy Family Parish in Griggsville.

Vann was pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Auburn (1990–1992) and later of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Decatur (1992–2001). While serving at Our Lady of Lourdes, he was concurrently a judicial vicar for the Interdiocesan Tribunal of Second Instance for the Province of Chicago (1994–2005) and parochial administrator of St. Isidore Parish in Bethany, Sacred Heart Parish in Dalton City (1995–1997), and Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Parish in Mount Zion (1995). He was also dean of the Decatur deanery from 1996 to 2001, and became the bishop's contact for the Hispanic ministry in 1999. He also taught canon law at his alma mater of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in St. Louis.

Vann became pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish in 2001. In addition to his pastoral duties, he was also named vicar for clergy in the diocesan chancery. He was raised to the rank of Honorary Chaplain to His Holiness on February 19, 2002. During his tenure at Blessed Sacrament, he oversaw a $2.2 million capital campaign for refurbishing the church, as part of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of its completion in 1930.

In April 2004, Vann said that he would be "reticent" in giving Communion to Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), a former parishioner at Blessed Sacrament whose "pro-choice position puts him really outside of communion or unity with the Church's teachings on life."[4][5]

Episcopal career[edit]

Bishop of Fort Worth[edit]

On May 17, 2005, Vann was appointed coadjutor bishop of Fort Worth, Texas (part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex), by Pope Benedict XVI.[3] This was to have been his first assignment as a bishop, but the bishop of the diocese, Joseph Patrick Delaney, died on July 12, 2005. Vann received his episcopal consecration, as previously planned, the next day, July 13 (immediately becoming the 3rd Bishop of Fort Worth), from Archbishop José Gómez, with Archbishop Raymond Burke (future cardinal) and Bishop George Lucas serving as co-consecrators, at the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.[3] He selected as his episcopal motto In Fide Et Dileccione In Christo Iesu, In the faith and love in Christ Jesus.

During the 2008 presidential election, Vann and Bishop Kevin Farrell issued a joint statement in which they declared that "We cannot make more clear the seriousness of the overriding issue of abortion—while not the only issue—it is the defining moral issue, not only today, but of the last 35 years ... As Catholics we are morally obligated to pray, to act, and to vote to abolish the evil of abortion in America."[6]

Within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Vann is a member of the committees on marriage, family life, laity and youth, and the subcommittee on marriage and family life.

Bishop of Orange[edit]

On September 21, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI announced the transfer of Vann from Fort Worth to the Diocese of Orange, in Orange, California, to succeed retiring Bishop Tod David Brown, 76. (Canon 401.1 of the Latin Church's 1983 Code of Canon Law states that bishops, at age 75, must offer a letter of resignation to the Pope for possible acceptance.) Vann was formally installed as the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Orange on December 10, 2012.[7]

Vann speaks Spanish and Vietnamese in addition to English.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Vann, Kevin W. "A Message from Most Rev. Bishop Kevin Vann". Pastoral Provision. Retrieved August 26, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Vita for Bishop Kevin William Vann". Catholic Association of Latino Leaders.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c "Bishop Kevin William Vann". Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  4. ^ Palmo, Rocco (December 15, 2005). "The Bishop-elect: A Primer". Whispers in the Loggia. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  5. ^ Branch-Brioso, Karen (June 2, 2004). "Self described "Catholic" US Sen Dick Durbin (D-IL) boasts of piety: Says Catholic senators generally obey church". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Archived from the original on January 19, 2005. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  6. ^ Farrell, Kevin J.; Vann, Kevin W. (October 8, 2008). "Joint Statement from Bishop Kevin Farrell and Bishop Kevin Vann to the Faithful of the Dioceses of Dallas and Fort Worth". Catholic Pro-Life Committee. Archived from the original on October 14, 2008. Retrieved May 7, 2009.
  7. ^ Ryan, Harriet (August 26, 2020). "O.C.'s bishop, a $12-million problem and a secret fight stretching to the Vatican". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  8. ^ "Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "Departing Catholic Bishop Vann was an asset to the broader North Texas community"". Star Telegram. September 24, 2012. Archived from the original on October 25, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2019.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Tod David Brown
Bishop of Orange
Preceded by
Joseph Patrick Delaney
Bishop of Fort Worth
Michael Fors Olson