Catholics Invade the Bar

Catholics Invade the Bar

Still sold out, but we are excited that we can now add 15 more seats per night!

We have limited capacity for this event, if registration is full for one of the dates you wanted to attend, you are welcome to come early and join the stand-by list. 10 minutes before the event begins we will offer any spaces available on a first come first served basis.

We are excited to announce a new theological speaker series, titled “Catholics Invade the Bar: The Pearl of Great Price”. Our Lady of Guadalupe Church is partnering with La Perla Azul Restaurant in La Habra, and with the Knights of Columbus of La Habra, Joseph Scott Council #7142, to bring you a 9-week series of dynamic lectures by exciting speakers from across the country beginning October 11th and continuing until December 6th, 2023.

Each Wednesday from 6:00-7:30 PM, we will meet at La Perla Azul Restaurant to learn more about the “faith delivered once and for all to the saints” (Jude 3).

Space is limited, and we’d love to see you there, so register now! The suggested donation for each evening is $15 ($135 for the whole series). Food and drink will be available for purchase at La Perla Azul Restaurant (food and drink are not included in the registration donation, which helps offset the cost of putting on this series). We hope you come hungry and thirsty both for a tasty meal and for the truth.

This will be the 3rd Annual Edition of CIB. Fr. William Goldin started CIB during his assignment as Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Fatima Church in San Clemente in 2021, and the first CIB took place at HH Cotton’s American Bar and Grill in San Clemente from December 2021 through February 2022. The second CIB took place earlier this year at Casa Jimenez Restaurant in Huntington Beach with St. Vincent de Paul Church. 

Both previous CIB series were sell-out successes, and great fun for all. The first edition of CIB in San Clemente was also video recorded by Guadalupe Radio, and is still available for streaming on their App at:

These are "all adult" events (both for younger and older adults of all ages), and we are happy to announce that we will also be able to offer free childcare at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in La Habra so that young families will be able to attend. Click the button below to register. 

Childcare registration

Want to preorder some CIB Merch? Click the button below to place an order! All merchandise will be available for pick-up, in the case of pre-orders, and/or for purchase, each night of CIB.

Purchase CIB Merch

We hope to see you there!


October 18 - Still Sold Out, but Now We Have 15 More Spots Available! Get Them While They Last!

Very Rev. Scott Borgman, JCD

Episcopal Vicar for Philanthropy (Diocese of Orange), and Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church San Clemente, CA

"The Dark Side of Good News: How Canon Law Saved the Christian Faith"

Born in Fort Collins, Colorado, Father Borgman grew up in Ivory Coast (West Africa) along with his two siblings in a Protestant missionary family. At 22 years old, he obtained a Liberal Arts degree in communications at Vanguard University (then Southern California College). Father was later confirmed in the Catholic Church along with his parents. 
After working in the film industry for 10 years, he moved to Rome to attend Sedes Sapientiae seminary. Bishop Dominique Rey ordained him to the priesthood on June 27, 2010 for the Diocese of Toulon, France. He would subsequently complete a Doctoral degree in Canon Law at Rome’s Pontifical University of the Holy Cross. 
While in Rome, Father Borgman worked for the Holy See as Coordinating Secretary at the Pontifical Academy for Life and also served in the Vatican’s Office of Liturgical Celebrations as an Assistant Master of Ceremonies to the Holy Father. In his free time, he enjoyed preaching retreats and serving as chaplain to the Missionaries Of Charity sisters as well as for American students on their Rome campus. 
Father Borgman has been working in the diocese of Orange since 2016 and having served Bishop Vann as Judicial Vicar of the Ecclesiastical Tribunal of Orange, he has recently been appointed Episcopal Vicar for Philanthropy while assigned as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Fatima in San Clemente, CA. 


October 25 - Still Sold Out, but Now We Have 15 More Spots Available! Get Them While They Last!

Rev. Luke Dysinger, OSB, MD, DPhil (OXON)

Professor of Church History and Moral Theology, and Chair of the Department of Moral Theology St. John’s Seminary Camarillo, CA

Divinization - Growing in Union with Christ

Fr. Luke Dysinger has been a Benedictine monk of Saint Andrew’s Abbey for thirty-three years and a Catholic priest for twenty-seven years. Before joining the monastery he studied medicine at U.S.C. and U.C.L.A., completing his family practice residency in 1981. He was board certified in family practice and is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice. He has taught bioethics and served on bioethics committees in Southern California since the nineteen-eighties and is currently a consultant bioethicist at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynnwood and St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is chair of the bioethics committee at the Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center in Lancaster where he is a member of the medical staff. He studied theology at U.S.C., the University of Vienna, and Oxford university; and he completed his doctorate in theology at Oxford in the area of patristics, the study of the early church fathers. He is professor of church history and moral theology, and chair of the department of moral theology at St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo. He has published numerous articles on spiritual theology and moral theology and a book on one of the desert fathers.


November 1 - Still Sold Out, but Now We Have 15 More Spots Available! Get Them While They Last!

Fr. William Goldin

Rev. William B. Goldin, SThD

Parochial Administrator, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, La Habra, CA

Going Medieval with the Saints of God: Why We Venerate Our Lady and the Saints, and Why Isn't it Idolatry?

Fr. William B. Goldin was born on 20 April 1983, in San Diego, California. Fr. William converted to Catholicism shortly before his sixteenth birthday and was fully initiated into the Church through the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist on the Easter Vigil, 3 April 1999, at Immaculate Conception Church in Old Town, San Diego. After his high school graduation in 2001, he obtained a Diploma of Higher Education from The Royal College of Music in London, England, in 2004, and a B.Mus. degree in Vocal Performance from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, in 2005. He then continued his education in operatic singing and earned a M.Mus. from UCLA in 2007. Following this, he decided to switch careers and studied Catholic Theology at the graduate level from 2007 to 2011. He entered St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo in 2011 to begin formation for the Catholic priesthood and earned a M.Div. degree prior to his ordination. Fr. William’s academic background also includes the following: S.Th.B. (Bachelor of Sacred Theology), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium; M.A. in Theology, the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC; Master of Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; and finally, S.Th.D. (Doctor of Sacred Theology), Pontificia Università S. Tommaso d’Aquino (Angelicum) in Rome, Italy.

Bishop Kevin W. Vann ordained Fr. William to the diaconate on 7 February 2014, at the Mission Basilica in San Juan Capistrano, and to the priesthood on 7 June 2014, at St. Columban Church in Garden Grove. Fr. William gained valuable priestly experience while serving at Holy Trinity Church in Ladera Ranch, and at Holy Family Cathedral in Orange, over the two summers during which he was home from his doctoral studies in Rome, and then most recently spent four years as Parochial Vicar at St. Irenaeus Church in Cypress (July 2017-June 2021); eight months as Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Fatima Church in San Clemente (November 2021-June 2022); and one year as Parochial Vicar at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Huntington Beach (July 2022-June 2023). Currently, in addition to his parish work, Fr. William serves as one of the two Diocesan Coordinators for the Synod on Synodality, as well as teaches for the Diocesan Diaconate Formation Program and the Emmaus Institute.

Fr. William enjoys travel, very spicy food, deep-sea fishing, classical music, and flying small single-engine airplanes. He is also a dog lover, and the owner of two Portuguese Water Dogs, Ralph (pronounced in the British style as “Rayf”) and Louie.


November 8 - Still Sold Out, but Now We Have 15 More Spots Available! Get Them While They Last!

Fr. Timothy Donovan

Rev. Timothy Donovan, MDiv/MA

President and Founder of Faith and Family Life Catholic Ministries, Priest of the Diocese of Orange

Selling the Pearl of Great Price: How the Church has Formed Disciples Through the Centuries

Fr. Tim Donovan was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Orange in the summer of 2017. Before entering the seminary he was a youth minister and continues to have a heart for young people and their families. He loves the Church, spending time with his family, cooking, playing music, and his two French bulldogs. He currently serves as the chaplain of Santa Margarita Catholic High School and is the Founder and President of Faith and Family Life Catholic Ministries.


November 15 - Still Sold Out, but Now We Have 15 More Spots Available! Get Them While They Last!

Rev. Jonah Teller, OP, SThL

Parochial Vicar, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Greenwich Village, New York, NY

Contemplating the Mother of God

Fr. Jonah Teller is a friar of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). He currently serves as parochial vicar at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in New York City's Greenwich Village. Before that, he was the Coordinator for Campus Outreach at the Thomistic Institute in Washington, D.C. Along with Fr. Andrew Hofer, he is the co-composer of the Magnificat devotionals Nine Days with St. Joseph and Nine Days with St. Michael. He also records and performs with the Americana band The Hillbilly Thomists.


November 22 - Still Sold Out, but Now We Have 15 More Spots Available! Get Them While They Last!

Rev. Quan D. Tran, JD, SThL

Pastor, St. Hedwig Catholic Church Los Alamitos, CA

The Role of the Holy Spirit in Forming Our Relationship, Identity, and Mission

Fr. Quan Tran was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Orange in June 2011, and then went back to Rome to complete his post-graduate studies in theology. In 2012 he was assigned to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Newport Beach for 3 years, then Christ Cathedral for four years, and St. Bonaventure in Huntington Beach for two years, prior to becoming the Administrator and then Pastor of St. Hedwig Church in Los Alamitos.
Prior to entering the seminary, Fr. Tran worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the County of Orange for ten years. He received his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law, and Bachelor in Business Administration from Bernard M. Baruch College in New York. For seminary training, Fr. Tran attended the Pontifical North American College (NAC) in Rome, while earning a Bachelor in Sacred Theology and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, also known as the “Angelicum.”
In 2017, Father started his Fullness of Grace apostolate to help Christians grow in their faith by forming a deep spiritual life in which they live out their vocations to holiness, intimacy with God, and bearing witness to Christ: In November of 2020, Father published his first book, The Imitation of Mary: Keys to Growth in Virtue and Grace. Besides giving talks, retreats and spiritual direction, Father enjoys going for walks and contemplating the beauty of nature. Father is currently working on a book about the Holy Spirit.


November 29 - Still Sold Out, but Now We Have 15 More Spots Available! Get Them While They Last!

Dr. Tikhon A. Pino

Dr. Tikhon A. Pino, PhD

Assistant Director of the Pappas Patristic Institute at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston, MA

In Peace Let Us Pray to the Lord: Finding God in the Modern World

Tikhon Alexander Pino is Assistant Director of the Pappas Patristic Institute at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Boston, Massachusetts. He studies the Church Fathers and Byzantine theology, and he is the author of Essence and Energies: Being and Naming God in St Gregory Palamas published by Routledge. A Cuban-American and a native Spanish speaker, Dr Pino is a husband and the father of six children.


December 6 - Still Sold Out, but Now We Have 15 More Spots Available! Get Them While They Last!

Dr. James W. Van Dyke

Dr. James W. Van Dyke, DPhil (OXON)

Post-Award Visitor of the Faculty

University of Oxford, Faculty of Theology and Religion

Artificial and Human Intelligence: What's the Difference?

Jim Van Dyke completed his DPhil in Theology at the University of Oxford in 2023.  Before his graduate studies, Jim studied computer engineering at the University of Virginia and worked in tech in the Washington, D.C. area for about 10 years.  Jim’s research focuses on the works of St. Thomas Aquinas, natural knowledge of the human good, and AI ethics.  He and his wife Samantha live in Charlottesville, Virginia, with their five children.