Reverend Monsignor Lawrence J. Baird, P.A.
Pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and Administrator of St. John Vianney Chapel.
A native of Ontario, Canada, Monsignor Baird attended elementary and high schools before he immigrated to the California with his parents, Mary and Wilfred, and his three siblings in 1961. He studied for the priesthood at St. John’s College and St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy in 1965. Ordained to the priesthood in 1969, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Theology at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley University in 1981.
He served as an Associate Pastor at St. John Vianney parish, Hacienda Heights, and St. Anthony Claret parish, Anaheim. He was Pastor of St. Callistus, Garden Grove, and St. Polycarp parish in Stanton. Monsignor Baird has served in many administrative capacities in the Diocese of Orange including Ecumenical Officer, Director of Youth Ministries, Director of Marywood Center, Director of Office of Development, Director of Communications, Editor of Diocese of Orange Bulletin, Chaplain of the Catholic Alumni Club and Catholic Spirit. He is currently a member of the Diocesan Finance Council and the Board of Directors of the Orange Catholic Foundation.
He has been involved in the Orange County community in many volunteer roles since 1977 including National Conference of Christians and Jews, Concern of Orange, Board of Directors of United Way, Board of Directors of St. Michael’s Abbey Foundation, Board of Directors of Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, and Chaplain of Legatus.
He was named a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre in 1989, Prelate of Honor of His Holiness (Monsignor) in 1990, Recipient of the Defender of the Faith Award of St. Michael’s Preparatory School in 2003, Religious Leadership Award from Boy Scouts in 2007, Protonotary Apostolic in 2008, and Recipient of Bronze Palm of Jerusalem in 2010.
Reverend John LeVecke, Parochial Vicar
I am a BBCH (Beach Boy Come Home)! Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and St. John Vianney Chapel were my family beach and vacation parishes during summer months from Anaheim. OLMC became the parishes of my Grandparents and Aunt & Uncle while St. John Vianney became the parish for my Mother upon my Father’s passing.
On Balboa Island, one of my first jobs, at 5 years of age, was actually “selling sea shells on the walkway” … it’s where I caught my first fish and learned to paddle-boarded (the old way). I was born at St. Joseph Hospital, Orange in 1952 and reared in Anaheim through St. Boniface parish and parochial school. Actually, I am 2nd generation Anaheimer as my father was born in Anaheim in 1920, and my mother is a naturalized citizen migrating from Derry, No. Ireland as a young girl. I am one of seven children.
I attended Mater Dei High School but graduated from Servite High School in 1971. After spending a semester of college at the National University of Mexico, Mexico, D.F., I graduated from San Diego State University in 1975, in Telecommunications and Film.
After working professionally in television and film production, I attended St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA, and was ordained for the Diocese of Orange in 1984. I served the parish communities of St. Barbara, Santa Ana, and St. Irenaeus, Cypress, as deacon. I served St. Hedwig, Los Alamitos, and St. Joachim, Costa Mesa, before entering the California Province of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1989.
As a Jesuit I ministered in the major works of the Society, serving in High School, University, Parish, and Television Production and Spiritual Life in San Jose, Santa Clara, St. Louis, New York, Los Angeles, and Taipei, Taiwan. My last work as a Jesuit was as the National Ecclesial Assistant of Christian Life Community (CLC), promoting small faith-based groups inspired by the Ignatian Spirituality in their commitment to common prayer, fellowship, and service. I traveled the nation, visiting and ministering at many of the Jesuit institutions and works throughout the country, and reporting to the Jesuit Conference Office and the U.S. Bishops Conference Office in Washington, D.C., promoting the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, especially within CLC.
I returned to the Diocese of Orange in 2008, serving the parish communities of St. Pius V, Buena Park; San Francisco Solano, Rancho Santa Margarita; San Antonio de Padua, Anaheim; and La Purisima, Orange.
I have arrived to OLMC after a wonderful sabbatical and a 6-month assignment as Chaplain at St. Jude Hospital, Fullerton.
In 2013, I was installed as a Chaplain of Magesteral Grace in the Order of Malta. The Order of Malta is one of the oldest religious orders in the Catholic Church. I am the happy owner of two (2) Rhodesian ridgeback dogs with my dear friend, Fr. John Weling. “Antonio” (5) and “Jose” (2.5) constantly bring the joy of God’s goodness and profound simplicity to me. I am both delighted and honored to now serve “The O.C.” beach community of Newport in this well established and renowned parish of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. The confident and consistent “Yes” of Our Lady, stirs my heart in this graced assignment as a proud “BBCH” and happy native son!
Reverend Sean Condon
Born in 1933 in Ireland, Father Sean was ordained a priest in 1957 for the diocese of Limerick. He was on loan to Florida for 8 years and served in the dioceses of St. Augustine, Lakeland, St. Petersburg, Deltona, DeBary and Titusville. Father Sean was also Chaplain to Irish Army, and served in the Republic of the Congo and Cyprus with United Nations Peace Keeping Battalions.
Father served in many parishes in Limerick diocese, and volunteered to help St. Patrick’s Missionary Society in northern Nigeria for five years. Father came to California in 1997 and served at Our Lady Queen of Angels Parish in Newport Beach, and at Holy Spirit Parish in Fountain Valley. Father Sean is now very happy to be semi-retired and serving at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish.
Deacon Steve Mutz
Deacon Mutz can answer questions regarding Infant Baptism Preparation, Marriage Preparation and Eucharistic Ministers.
Phone: (949) 645-6966
Deacon Steve Mutz has been a parishioner of Our Lady of Mount Carmel since 1974. He was ordained a Deacon for the Diocese of Orange in 2003 and has been assigned to OLMC since then. Deacon Steve was raised in West Los Angeles and moved to Orange County in 1972. He and Gloria-Jean were married in 1976 at OLMC. They have two grown children, Stephanie and Jason who were baptized and confirmed at OLMC. Deacon Steve has his own construction business since 1988. Presently, he and Gloria-Jean are responsible for facilitating the marriage preparation workshop; teach Baptismal preparation; training and coordinating Ministers of Holy Communion, as well as a variety of other ministries. Deacon Steve also presides at Baptisms, Vigils, Funerals and Marriage blessings.