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 Quan D. Tran, Parochial Vicar
Father Quan Tran started at OLMC in July of 2012, as his first parish assignment as a priest. He had been a seminarian and a student priest at the Pontifical North American College in Rome for the previous four years. Father Tran was ordained a priest in June of 2011, and then returned to Rome to complete his studies for a Licentiate of Sacred Theology in Ecumenism and Interreligious Dialogue at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Prior to entering the seminary, Father Tran was an attorney for twelve years, ten of those as a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County. He earned his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law School in Malibu, and Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College in New York, and graduated from Ocean View High School in Huntington Beach. Father Tran grew up in Denver where his family settled after leaving Viet Nam in 1975. Fr. Tran is the oldest of four – two girls and two boys – and his family lives in Mission Viejo and in Denver.
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.