Orange County Catholic Prayer Breakfast
The Orange County Catholic Prayer Breakfast (OCCPB) first emerged through the inspiration of three couples who attended the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC and recognized it's potential spiritual impact for Southern California: Bill and Helen Close, Allen and Kathie Lund, and Tom and Margie Romano. The Magis Institute, in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, hosted the first Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast in 2005. It was so successful that the Orange County Catholic Prayer breakfast was launched immediately thereafter in 2006. Both breakfasts have become annual staples in the Southern California Catholic calendar recently attracting upwards of 1,500 guests per event.
The Orange County Catholic Prayer Breakfast continues as a lay apostolate, planned and organized by an all-volunteer effort. This inspiring opportunity for prayer, reflection and formation is recognized and supported by the Diocese of Orange. In 2013, the OCCPB became part of the Napa Institute with the hope of expanding the model to other regions and developing more Catholic prayer breakfasts in the coming years. The goal is to share our model of organization and facilitation with churches and business leaders who are committed to this effort as a spiritual benefit to their diocese.
The mission of Napa Institute is to equip Catholic leaders to defend and advance the Catholic Faith in "the Next America" - today's emerging secular society.
In the article, "Catholics and the Next America," Archbishop Chaput delivers a prescient warning to American Catholics regarding a growing trend toward secularization in American culture, with Catholics facing dwindling relevance, threatening their ability to be heard. In response, the Napa Institute was formed to help Catholic leaders face the challenges posed in the "next America" - to continue the work of the Apostles and their successors, the Bishops, heeding Christ's call for ongoing evangelization.
The goals of the Napa Insitute include:
- To deepen Catholic leaders in the teachings of the Church, so they can evangelize others and defend their faith in secular society.
- To encourage religious freedom throughout our hemisphere.
- To inspire Catholic leaders to better stewardship of their time, treasure, and talents, especially in aiding Catholic organizations in their mission.
- To better form Catholics in a life shaped by liturgy, prayer, fasting, sacred art and music, and habits of holiness.
- To provide fellowship and recreation to relax the mind, body, and soul.