• Oregon’s Newman Centers have always fought pessimism

    During an all-employee meeting at Oregon Agricultural College in 1927, school president William J. Kerr denounced doubting doomsayers. “We want none of the cynical, pessimistic, irreligious type on our staff,” Kerr declared. “I have said before and I repeat that there is no reason on earth why a state institution should not exert as truly a religious influence as that of the privately endowed sectarian colleges. Be critical, yes, but I never yet knew a cynic who accomplished anything worthwhile.”

  • Search is on for long-wed couples
    Worldwide Marriage Encounter is again looking for the longest married couple in Oregon — and the nation. Nominations are due by Jan. 10.

  • Lighting up a family’s traditions
    What are your family’s traditions? The Kelley siblings, now ages 13 to 25 and members of Resurrection Parish in Tualatin, have a quick answer to that question: volunteering at the Grotto.
  • CYO volleyball ends with good rallies, big participation

    Fall sports came to a conclusion for the Catholic Youth Organization with the end of the volleyball tournament Nov. 14. The tourney was played all over the city with 1,389 participants, the second highest number for CYO volleyball.

  • Stress 101: Prayer plays a part in coping
     College admissions goals in a material world can look like this: get into an Ivy League school, meet the right people there, start an innovative business worthy of the front cover of Entrepreneur magazine and make your first million before you’re 30. Feel the stress yet? Feel your stomach clench?
  • WATCH: ‘St. Anthony treats people with respect’
    Newly homeless, Graham Pezold would get a break from his damp hell as St. Anthony Parish opened its severe weather shelter. Located in a cozy basement meeting room, it welcomes guests every Saturday during the winter and on other nights if the temperature or wind chill drop or rain gets torrential.
  • Session on decrees of nullity an outreach to divorced Catholics

    Msgr. Patrick Brennan, pastor of Cathedral Parish and judicial vicar for the Archdiocese of Portland, will discuss decrees of nullity during a divorce support ministry meeting set for Tuesday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m. in the community center at St. Pius X Church in Portland.

  • Repairs at monastery

    MOUNT ANGEL — Thanks to a $117,000 grant from the Larry and Jeanette Epping Family Foundation, Queen of Angels Monastery in Mount Angel has carried out improvements to the physical plant.

  • Fr. Edward Altstock dies
    Father Edward Altstock died Dec. 2. He was ordained May 23, 1959, for the Archdiocese of Portland. He began his ministry teaching at Central Catholic High School and served in many parishes throughout the archdiocese. After retirement he was removed from public ministry according to the norms of the Dallas Charter.
  • Priests hear about immigration

    WOODBURN — The Pope Francis Center for Justice and Charity — an initiative of Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of Portland Department of Pastoral Ministries — offered priests a workshop on immigration and refugees Nov. 16.

  • Seminary Tea Committee and friends retreat at abbey
    ST. BENEDICT — Seminary Tea Committee members — 22 in all — met Oct. 10-11 at Mount Angel Abbey Retreat House. In what has become a cherished fall tradition, Benedictine Brother Cyril Drnjevic led what the group called an “inspiring retreat.” 
  •   WATCH: Archdiocese, Evangelical-led youth ministry will cooperate

    Continuing a trend of cooperation between Catholics and Evangelicals in Oregon, the Archdiocese of Portland and a prominent youth ministry will team up to reach young people who are alienated from their church.

  • Family attends Vatican conference on disability

    When Joey met the Holy Father at a reception, the boy gave the pope a medallion of — Pope Francis. That confused the pope a bit, but it all ended in a spirit of joy as it became clear that Joey had given away what he considered most precious.

  • The orchid doctor

    MARYLHURST — Orchids are finicky plants, needing water at times and dryness at times. It takes a diligent and patient soul to keep them blooming. Enter Holy Cross Father Richard Berg, the orchid doctor.

  • Revised program gives comprehensive care to families
    Catholic Charities of Oregon has revamped one of its departments. The ideas are to help low-income families through more of their lifespan and address foundational poverty-causing issues.
  • Problems of faith to be discussed in pub theology session
    Big sandwiches, beer and Catholic theology form a trio Monday, Dec. 11, at the Old Market Pub and Brewery, 6959 SW Multnomah Blvd., Portland.
  • Ministry to mothers and children of streets marks a decade
    Our Mother’s House, which supports mothers who were trafficked or in prostitution and their children, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The Portland ministry is unique in that it addresses the needs of mothers in these situations and their children from a family perspective, recognizing the extreme vulnerabilities.
  • Alzheimer’s: Progress amid mystery
    One of the things Holly Denman and her siblings miss most is their mother’s voice and laugh.
  • ‘Covenants in Scripture’ at the abbey
    The Mount Angel Abbey’s 2017 Christians in the World fall lecture series concludes Saturday, Dec. 9. The talk is titled Prophets, Chosen Instruments of God: Jesus Christ, the New and Everlasting Covenant.
  • Lecture series opens with look at Reformation
    The Protestant Reformation still matters, whether we like it or not.
  • WATCH: Timbers raised for Benedictine brewery and taproom
    MOUNT ANGEL — The Benedictine Brewery and Taproom took a giant step closer to becoming a reality here on Nov. 10, as more than 50 Benedictine monks, seminarians and community volunteers joined a construction crew in an old-fashioned timber-raising party.
  • WATCH: Medieval board game rooted in real life, real history

    It’s a board game in which players can conquer others, but might feel more fulfilled if they stand by an ally in need.

  • Petition to ban public abortion funding gains steam after new abortion funding law
    Petition 1, being circulated by Oregon Life United, would ban public financing of abortions in all cases except those medically necessary or if required to be funded by federal law.
  • Scouts at abbey

    The scouts, boys and girls, prayed, heard talks and toured the holy grounds during the retreat day.

  •   Pod village to house veterans

    CLACKAMAS — Catholic Charities is part of a team establishing a village of tiny houses in Clackamas County that will be home to 20 male veterans.

  • CCS hires new development chief
    SPRINGFIELD — Catholic Community Services of Lane County has named Wendy Ames-Dionisio as director of development. Ames-Dionisio began Sept. 1, focusing on raising funds and engaging donors. She supervises a small team that aims to create greater awareness of the agency’s role.
  • Crowdfunding launched for new camp lodge

    CYO/Camp Howard has turned to crowdfunding to earn the last dollars needed to build a new lodge and dining hall at the camp in the Mount Hood foothills.

  • Reformation changed the world
    Both men think it’s possible that a Europe weary of religious war in the 16th and 17th centuries became fertile ground for a culture unlinked from churches.
  • Conscience: Not what you think it is

    If a Catholic cites conscience in dissenting from the laws of nature, from ancient communal wisdom, or from clear church teaching, that usually involves a faulty understanding of conscience. That was the main idea Nov. 4 during more than five hours of talks and questions at Holy Rosary Parish in Northeast Portland.

  • When life slows down, generosity can be a pick-me-up
    After caring for his wife through her long bout with cancer, Frank Nagel found himself alone in his house with not much to do. Seven years later, the 89-year-old has volunteered thousands of hours to Providence Portland Medical Center and become a generous donor as well to Catholic causes.
  • Centennial to be marked in Clatskanie
    CLATSKANIE — St. John the Baptist Mission here is marking its centennial with a Mass set for Sunday, Dec. 3, at 11:15 a.m. Archbishop Alexander Sample will preside at the Eucharist in the amiable small-town church, with a reception after.
  • WATCH: Seminary tells its story; donors respond

    A dark wall isn’t usually encouraging. But when 140 black-clad students from Mount Angel Seminary stood shoulder-to-shoulder to sing on Nov. 5, the crowd at the Oregon Convention Center was thrilled.

  • WATCH: The new face of environmentalism

    One is a Republican, a retired Army colonel. The other is a political independent who has worked as a broadcast journalist and development director. Both are staunchly Catholic and both represent a new look for the environmental movement.

  • Catholic man who died defending others honored
    Rick Best, the Milwaukie Catholic who was stabbed to death last May when he defended girls from an Islamophobic attacker, has been named a Spirit of Portland Award winner.
  • Thankful for home: a formerly homeless family's story
    Saraia Crespin, age “almost 8,” is helping her mother cook their Thanksgiving meal this year in their own home. The holiday at home means a lot to Saraia because she’s experienced homelessness.
  • In 1920s, KKK focused on political influence
    ST. PAUL — The version of the Ku Klux Klan that rose in the 1920s across the United States was less about night raids and more about controlling civic authority, a historian told a gathering of the Oregon Catholic Historical Society. 
  • New Grotto chief: Come find God
    The new executive director of the Grotto is a retired Marine Corps colonel who wants people of all faiths to come to the Northeast Portland Catholic sanctuary to find God.
  • WATCH: Still a house of compassion
    “At 16, being locked up was not my choice by any means, but it certainly turned out to the best thing in the world for me,” said Kathy Caselton, who lived at Villa St. Rose from 1963 to 1965. She is now a successful artist in Albany.
  • St. Vincent’s children’s ER: gone to the dog?
    There’s a furry addition to the expanded Providence St. Vincent Medical Center’s Children’s Emergency Room.
  • Annual pressure applied to Planned Parenthood
    Hundreds of pro-life advocates, most of them Catholic, lined a major Portland street Oct. 29 to stand peacefully for the unborn. The annual Life Chain protest, which includes mostly prayer, took place outside Planned Parenthood on Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
  • Joe Weston: Ensure the future of Catholic schools
    Joe Weston refuses to let his hard-earned money just sit around. Portland’s plain-talking property management guru works overtime to make sure lots and lots of his cash goes to causes he believes in — Catholic schools prominent among them.
  • Schools, seminarians, senior priests: The needs are great

    At a certain point in life, people begin to consider what provisions they will make for after they are gone. The church must also be cared for, and according to several individuals at the Archdiocese of Portland Pastoral Center, one way to care for the church even after death is planned giving.

  • Called to be stewards of the life and mission of their church
    For Hispanics immigrants, the Catholic Church is a home away from home. All that they receive from the church is vital for their life in the United States. And so, it makes sense that each Hispanic Catholic is called to give back to the church, assisting its mission and helping others.
  • Veterans flourish at Marylhurst University
    Lisa Payan, a former gunner with the Army military police, sought spiritual groundedness. Cody Mills had worked on Black Hawk helicopters but hoped to heal others through music. And Ian Beaty, who serves in the Army National Guard, wanted a master’s degree program that could accommodate a potential deployment.

    Each of the military veterans discovered, with a touch of surprise, a place to fulfill their goals at a small Catholic school located 10 miles south of Portland.

     

  • A pilgrimage across the archdiocese

    MONROE — Tom Goracke had attended the same small town parish his entire life — more than 50 years. He and his wife Brenda were married there. Their children were baptized there and confirmed there. But time came when he started to question what it meant to be Catholic. And that was the catalyst for what eventually became a pilgrimage for the couple to visit every parish in the archdiocese.

  • Myriad ministries
    The archdiocese is a lead sponsor for massive ministries like Catholic Charities and CYO/Camp Howard. Add prison ministry, catechist training and campus ministry to the list.
  • Hearing God’s call in public school

    ALOHA — While enrolled in a bustling public high school with 2,000 students, Carlos Garcia heard the call of God. Not that it was easy.

  • Permanent deacon ordained

    MEDFORD — Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith ordained Dennis Macey a permanent deacon Oct. 21 in Sacred Heart Church here. Macey, a Medford firefighter, began pondering his call when recovering from surgery. He obtained a master’s degree while continuing firefighting duties.

  • Vatican’s top astronomer speaks at seminary

    ST. BENEDICT — Science can be an act of worship. That was a key message from the director of the Vatican Observatory, who spoke to monks, seminarians and faculty Oct. 12 at Mount Angel Seminary.

  • New ACCW spiritual advisor, a woman religious, leads retreat
    Archbishop Alexander Sample recently approved the appointment of Sister Michael Francine Duncan of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon as spiritual advisor to the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. On Oct. 10, she led the women’s group in a retreat at Our Lady of Peace Retreat House in Beaverton.
  • Struggle of black nuns examined
    The life of African-American women religious in the United States is the topic of a talk set for Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7:15 p.m. in Franz Hall 120 at the University of Portland.
  • WATCH: Parish promotes vocations to priesthood, religious life
    BEAVERTON — Archbishop Alexander Sample lauded one western Oregon parish for “getting it” when it comes to fostering vocations to priesthood and religious life.
  • WATCH: Making better people
    At Mass, famed Oregon prep basketball coach Nick Robertson never prayed for wins. Instead, he asked God to help his players work hard. “I learned that if you play up to a certain level, you’ll be happy,” Robertson told a crowd of 750 during the annual Champions of Faith Benefit dinner for Catholic Youth Organization and Camp Howard.
  • Deacon ordination in Rome
    Deacon Peter Julia and Deacon Richard LeFaivre of the Archdiocese of Portland were among more than 40 men from the Pontifical North American College to enter the diaconate Sept. 28.
  • CC grad wins Chicago Marathon
    Central Catholic graduate Galen Rupp made history Oct. 5 when he became the first American to win the Chicago Marathon since 2002 — and the first American-born runner to win that race since 1982. His time was 2:09:20.
  • Seminarians benefit from staying physically active
    Nearly every afternoon, theology student Bonaventure Okoro tries to take a short nap after his classes are over for the day. Then he heads for the soccer field or the weight room, or he laces up his running shoes to get his daily dose of exercise.
  • Seminarian-Knights get support and give service
    When Anthony Shumway was growing up, he realized that all the men who were important to him — men like his father — were members of the Knights of Columbus. So, one week after he turned 18, he became a first degree knight himself. Now, not only is he a Fourth Degree knight, he’s also a student at Mount Angel Seminary and on the path to priesthood.
  • Not all seminary students are seminarians
    Brian Morin spent more than a decade sailing around the globe with the U.S. Navy. Now he’s intent on stability. And he’s learning from the masters — the Benedictine monks of Mount Angel.
  • Topic: Conscience

    Holy Rosary Church and the Dominican Priory in Northeast Portland has invited four philosophers for a discussion on the nature, role and scope of conscience.

  • Parish finding ways to encounter, accompany migrants

    Among Pope Francis’ favorite themes are accompaniment and encounter. One Portland parish is embracing the call.

  • Cowboy turns shepherd
    ST. BENEDICT — From a cattle ranch in the Rockies, Jason Pettigrew’s ride took an unusual turn – to the seminary. The seminarian from the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, answered some questions about his call and his life.
  • Providence honors early advocate of immunotherapy
    More than 150 people gathered for the ceremony that honored the late Robert W. Franz, his decades-long support for the work at Providence Cancer Institute and lifetime gifts totaling $40 million.
  • Learning the language of science

    BENEDICT — Science is not a topic often associated with seminary studies. Yet, it’s taken as Gospel-truth in the secular world. And some say it’s a topic essential for pastors to understand in order to minister in modern times.

  • Last chance for farmers markets
    The days of harvest are here. Farmers markets across Portland are ending the year in a flourish to feed the spirit and the body.
  • WATCH: New life for ‘everyone’s church’
    Thousands upon thousands of Oregon Catholics have gone through it: After a big Mass at Portland’s St. Mary Cathedral, everyone slogs several blocks to the reception, held beneath hoops in the school gym. On rainy days, discouraged or frail worshippers simply go to their cars and drive. An $8 million capital campaign could change the picture.
  • CRS helping seminarians encounter the world
    Josué Jimenez, a student at Mount Angel Seminary, once thought of Catholic Relief Services only as the Rice Bowl people. Now he sees CRS as a way of life.
  • Archbishop Sample has received notification from the Congregation for Clergy in Rome that Ysrael Bien has been dismissed from the clerical state.

  • Rosary Bowl about salvation
    SALEM — October is the month of the rosary. On the first Saturday of October, year in and year out, western Oregon is host to a massive event to promote the praying of the rosary, Marian devotion, and through this, the strengthening of the family.
  • Progress against Parkinson’s

    Since St. John Paul II's death in 2005, researchers and clinicians have made advances in understanding and treatment of Parkinson's.