photo by Dan Predoehl On August 29, 2018, Rev. Dawn Vukich was appointed Vicar of Faith Episcopal Church. The Laguna Niguel church was filled to capacity for the special afternoon service officiated by Rt. Rev. Diane Jardine Bruce, Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles.




photo by Dan Predoehl


Among the gifts offered to Vukich by the congregation were a Bible for proclaiming the Word, a vessel of water for baptizing, a stole or symbol of the new minister’s order, a book of prayers, olive oil for healing and reconciliation, the keys of the church, the Constitution and Canons of the Church, and bread and wine for the Eucharist.


Vukich is the sixth Vicar named to lead the community church. She had been serving as interim clergy throughout 2017 as the church searched for a permanent leader. She has been active in ministry since her ordination in 2005, following a career as a pro golfer. In addition to providing pastoral care and ministering to Faith’s members and visitors, Vukich is engaged in interfaith and homeless services throughout South Orange County as well as Diocesan ministries.

October 14, 2018

Photo by Dan Predoehl

The Hayden Stables at Nellie Gail Ranch was the site of Faith Episcopal Church’s annual Blessing of the Horses. More than 100 horses received Rev. Dawn Vukich’s ministrations as their loving owners and riders looked on. Here, one of the more compact animals shows her appreciation to Rev. Vukich.

Thanks to equestrians Ellen Coxe-Price and Bryan Price for arranging this new beloved annual tradition for South County horse lovers.