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Church’s Faithful Look to the Future

The resignation of the longtime spiritual leader of Laguna Beach’s most unusual church represents a historic break, which now shifts responsibility for rebuilding the shriveled St. Francis by the Sea congregation to a tiny flock of the faithful and a trio of priests. Bishop Simon...

Acrimony Adds to Church’s Turmoil

Parishioners of Laguna Beach’s St. Francis by the Sea Cathedral bundled up Christmas Eve for a  candlelight vigil outside the historic chapel, barred from entering to worship in recent weeks due to an ownership dispute over what is considered one of the world’s smallest...

Historical Society Opens the Chapel Doors

Former Historical Society President Anne Frank and Bishop Percy Wise Clarkson’s granddaughter Jessica De Stefano will host the the Laguna Beach Historical Society’s program Thursday, April 7, on St. Francis-by-the-Sea Cathedral Chapel.   The free 7:30 p.m. program will...

Maverick Church and Iconic Leader Face Uncertain Future

For four decades, Bishop Simon Talarczyk has presided over Laguna Beach’s most unusual church, an unaffiliated American Catholic congregation that worships in a historic chapel considered one of the world’s smallest cathedrals. Annie Ratta, of Trabuco Canyon, accompanied by her...