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  • Seven new principals step into their roles at archdiocesan schools
    Seven archdiocesan Catholic schools will welcome new principals this September. Some, like Jon Myers at All Saints, are already fixtures in their school communities — Myers has worked at All Saints for 24 years — while others, like Lesley Lindell, the new principal at St. Matthew School in Hillsboro — are new to the families and teachers they will lead.
  • Catholic schools plan
    A strategic plan for the future of Catholic schools in western Oregon is moving from ideas to action. But the process will go deliberately.  
  • Teens receive healing of Holy Spirit
    SPOKANE — Teenagers from Resurrection Parish in Tualatin were part of the large community of Northwest adolescents who gathered for the Steubenville Northwest Catholic Youth Conference in July.
  • A new pastor
    Flanked by seven Knights of Columbus honor guard members, Fr. Joseph Hoang stands beside Fr. Ignacio Llorente Aug. 21. Fr. Hoang was officially installed as pastor of St. Anthony Parish in Waldport by Fr. Llorente, who represented Archbishop Sample and the Archdiocese of Portland during the ceremon
  • From tending flowers to earning trophies: Highlights from Valley Catholic School
    BEAVERTON — Located on the campus of the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, Valley Catholic is a close-knit community of students, families and educators. 
  • UP welcomes one of largest classes in school history
    The University of Portland welcomed the class of 2022 as first-year students arrived on campus and moved into residence halls Aug. 23. At approximately 1,000 students, the new freshman class is one of the top three largest classes in university history. 
  • When students at The Madeleine School in Northeast Portland returned from summer vacation, they found two new teachers and many new spaces in the process of being upgraded — thanks to The Madeleine’s ongoing capital campaign. 
  • EUGENE — To increase safety and security, St. Paul School has updated its front office. With help from the Archdiocese of Portland’s Safety First grant program, St. Paul was able to bring not just safety, but also a more welcoming entrance to the school. 
  • Last year was an eventful one for an Oregon native who married, moved to the Hollywood district and became St. Rose School’s vice principal shortly after. But the excitement wasn’t over yet for Christine Penwell. 
  • New staff, saint-focused theme at St. Matthew
    HILLSBORO — As the children return to campus at St. Matthew School here, they will be greeted by new additions to the staff for the 2018-19 academic year.
  • New teachers share love of sports, learning
    St. John Fisher School in Southwest Portland welcomes two new teachers: Inga Mannion in sixth grade and Michael Rittman for physical education and health. 
  • Spick-and-span for school
    MCMINNVILLE — In preparation for the school year, St. James School here collaborated with members of St. James Parish to clean and spruce up church and school grounds. 
  • St. Ignatius students are citizens of the world
    “Being able to collaborate with international partners is going to create better awareness of the world,” says Kristin Jost, third-grade teacher at St. Ignatius in Southeast Portland.
  • Staff changes at St. Clare bring new faces, goodbyes
    St. Clare School in Southwest Portland welcomes three new teachers to the staff this fall and says goodbye to a longtime friend.
  • ‘Everyday blessings’ at St. Cecilia School
    BEAVERTON — “Everyday blessings” is St. Cecilia School’s theme for the 2018-19 school year.  Blessing can be defined as “a beneficial thing for which one is grateful; something that brings well-being.”
  • St. Mary’s Academy opens women’s leadership center
    In September, St. Mary’s Academy in Southwest Portland opens the doors to a Center for Women’s Leadership, which will offer advanced leadership courses and challenge students to explore leadership styles and methods.
  • Doing ‘small things with great love’
    MILWAUKIE — Members of the St. John the Baptist School community here say the school is committed to helping create leaders who are confident, compassionate, connected in faith and who will put their service into action within their communities. That is why, for the 2018-19 school year, the school adopted the theme “Do small things with great love,” a motto of St. Teresa of Kolkata. 
  • O’Hara teacher receives leadership training at Notre Dame
    EUGENE — Angi Meyer, the physical education teacher at O’Hara School here, spent the summer at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, working on her master’s in educational leadership. The Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program of the University of Notre Dame prepares future leaders of Catholic schools “to lead with zeal,” according to the university’s website.
  • New Nativity teacher has previous ties to parish community
    Emily Ruef is the new theology teacher at St. Andrew Nativity School in Northeast Portland, but she is not new to the parish community.
  • Service on everyone’s schedule at La Salle Prep
    MILWAUKIE — No matter how many science, math and religion courses they take, La Salle Prep students’ education isn’t complete unless everybody does a good deed or two.
  • Jesuit celebrates 25 years of coeducation
    Twenty-five years ago, the course of Jesuit’s legacy was changed when the school opened its doors to 260 pioneering young women on the sunny morning of Sept. 1, 1993. After nearly four decades as an all-male institution, the voices of young men and women filled the classrooms and bubbled into the halls a full chorus of sounds hinting at the bright future ahead.
  • For everything there is a season
    As Ecclesiastes prophetically declares, “For every thing there is a season and a time for every purpose under heaven.” For Holy Redeemer School in North Portland, this back-to-school season witnesses a confluence of firsts and lasts, hellos and goodbyes.
  • Camp Howard lodge blessed
    Father Dave Gutmann led a crowd in prayer Aug. 11 during a blessing of the new Mary’s Lodge at Camp Howard. Donors came forward to pay for the building in the Mount Hood foothills, which replaces a dining hall that had structural problems.
  • Family on way to mission life
    STAYTON — A Catholic family of seven from Stayton has just begun missionary life.

    Nick and Millie Hennemann and their five children, ages 1 to 7, left for Louisiana Aug. 25 to train as part of the Family Missions Company.
  • Holy Family celebrates its 70th anniversary
    Holy Family School in Southeast Portland opened its doors Sept. 8, 1948. Enrollment was 27 students. In the ensuing 70 years, enrollment has increased substantially, but the mission of the school remains the same: guiding students to become self-aware and engaged learners, responsible decision makers, and faith-filled learners.
  • At least six students with varying special needs (including Trisomy 21 and communication disorders) will be joining the Holy Cross community.
  •   Ongoing building renovations at Franciscan Montessori school
    The history of Franciscan Montessori Earth School in Southeast Portland begins in 1954, when the school structure was built.
  • De La Salle focuses on equity
    De La Salle North Catholic is the most racially diverse private high school in Oregon, according to Niche, an education analytics researcher. The De La Salle student body comprises a racial and cultural mix of capable yet underserved students. The school is 40 percent Latino, 35 percent African-American, 13 percent Caucasian, 9 percent multiracial and 3 percent Asian/Pacific Islander.
  • Catholics pray for forgiveness
    The small community of Catholics at St. Mary Parish here were invited by Father Dick Rossman during the weekend’s Masses to take part in adoration Sunday, Aug. 19, asking for God’s forgiveness after recent clerical abuse revelations in the country.
  • On the reader board outside Central Catholic High School in Southeast Portland the sign reads: “If you want peace, work for justice.” This famous quote from Pope Paul VI greets students and staff as they head into the 2018-19 school year. This year, the school will focus on the theme of Catholic social teaching.
  • Parish celebrates end of summer
    LAKE OSWEGO — A barbeque, a bike blessing and a cupcake walk are just a few of the activities to take place at Our Lady of the Lake’s 5th Annual Parish Festival Sunday, Sept. 9.
  • Scholarship offered in memory of Newman worker

    EUGENE — On June 15, 2016, Bernie Conklin died and left a hole in the University of Oregon Newman Center community. A UO graduate and football player in the 1970s, he became the Newman Center’s beloved development director. The former lineman was known as the “jolly Irish giant.”

  • Parish invites neighborhood for worship and fun

    St. Stephen Parish in Southeast Portland held a festival for the neighborhood July 29 and enveloped the merrymaking in prayer. Revelers could experience Mass, Lebanese food, bands a giant target for soccer balls and Latin vespers in just a few hours.

  •    New provincial elected for Congregation of Holy Cross
    NOTRE DAME, Indiana — Father Bill Lies, a member of the University of Portland board of regents, this summer was elected by his peers as the new provincial superior of the Congregation of Holy Cross, United States Province of Priests and Brothers.
  • Three finalists for the 2018 Opus Prize, a $1 million award that recognizes individuals or organizations who address critical social issues within their communities, recently were announced by the Opus Prize Foundation and the University of Portland.
  • Catholic school girls continue work for Kenyan peers
    In 2006, five girls met in kindergarten at St. Pius X School in Portland. In 2012, they collaborated as middle schoolers to create the Purple Cow Project, which works to provide a better future for girls in Kenya.
  • An experience of refugee life
    St. Ignatius Parish in Southeast Portland on July 29 gave the public a taste of the hardships faced by the world’s 26.5 million refugees. Volunteers converted a parish meeting room into a virtual camp for asylum seekers.
  • Solving the back-to-school crunch
    For some households, August means financial worry as parents try to fulfill long school supply lists. But many outlets exist for free or low-cost supplies.
  • Young adult barbecue set at St. Mary Cathedral
    Young adult Catholics can change into their shorts and shades to spend some time with their shepherd outside of church during a barbecue set for Saturday, Aug. 25.
  • A knock at the door
    Recently married young adults from Holy Trinity Parish in Beaverton were gathering in late July as usual in a member’s home when a knock was heard at the door. The man behind the knock was none other than Archbishop Alexander Sample.
  • Nigerian bishop visits coast
    BROOKINGS — Catholics on Oregon’s southern coast had a rare spiritual experience with a four-day visit from Bishop Augustine Tochukwu Ukwuoma of the Diocese of Orlu in Nigeria. Bishop Ukwuoma is the leader of the home diocese of Father Justus Alaeto, pastor at Star of Sea Parish here.
  • ‘Tangible examples of holiness’ at O’Hara
    A contingent from the communion of saints annually gathers in a pocket of Eugene. Some have braces, others ponytails. PVC pipes and props are important to these holy souls. But most of all, they want to share their story and fervent love of God.
  • WATCH: Spiritual fruit
    CORNELIUS — Some 40 teens gather around Father Jeff Meeuwsen in the shade of a large tree marking the entrance to a blueberry farm here in late July. The priest leads them in prayer and then he and the other adults disperse umbrellas, sunscreen and buckets for picking.
  • A crucifix fix
    The Portland church named after the cross just had its 68-year-old crucifix restored.

    “There were some blemishes showing up,” said Father Mark Bachmeier, pastor of Holy Cross Parish in North Portland. He points at the church’s simple but elegant wooden crucifix, a little smaller than life size. It hangs in the sanctuary.
  • Parish walks for a cure
    Members of Sacred Heart Parish in Southeast Portland came out and walked the Stepping Out To Cure Scleroderma Walk July 14 in honor and support of parishioner Maria Rivelli, who has the disease.
  • Resurrection Holy Land pilgrimage included youths
    TUALATIN — Youths and adults from Resurrection Parish here made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in late June. The group of 15 — eight youth and young adults and seven adults over age 40 — spent time exploring the Sea of Galilee by boat and walking around the ancient ruins of Capernaum as well as the Mount of Beatitudes.
  • Junior reserve officer training corps teens honored
    Catholic War Veterans – Oregon has announced recipients of its Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Achievement Medals. “It is an honor to recognize these outstanding Catholic youth of our archdiocese,” said Bernard Offley, a retired Army sergeant who leads the local Catholic War Veterans.
  • Artists’ work will be on display at St. Stephen Parish in Southeast Portland for the second year in a row July 29 – Sept. 2. The St. Stephen Festival Art Exhibition honors St. Stephen and his martyrdom.
  • GRANTS PASS — St. Anne Parish here will reach its next milestone this month with the installation of two 10-foot-tall metal crosses on both steeples of its new building. A crane was to install the crosses Aug. 2.
  • When the school at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Southeast Portland closed in 2007, there was not a formal gathering to say goodbye.

    An all-school reunion is in the works to remedy that.
  • 65th annual Crooked Finger pilgrimage set
    CROOKED FINGER — The members of Holy Rosary Mission are preparing for their 65th annual Aug. 15 pilgrimage in honor of the Assumption of Mary into heaven.
  • La Salle student wins art award
    MILWAUKIE — “Autumn Leaves,” a graphite drawing by La Salle Prep senior Caitlynn Young, won a silver medal this spring in the drawing and illustration category of the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition.
  • EUGENE — On June 15, 2016, Bernie Conklin died and left a hole in the University of Oregon Newman Center community. A UO graduate and football player in the 1970s, he became the Newman Center’s beloved development director.
  • Students learn practical care for Earth
    EUGENE — This summer has been time to put learning into practice. This spring, first-graders at O’Hara School here recognized Earth Day with a class discussion focusing on ways everyone can do their part to take care of the planet.
  • Happy Trails
    “Cowboy” Josiah Houck and “homesteader” Yvaine Secor, both now first-graders, take a turn on the St. John the Apostle School covered-wagon float during the 2018 Fred Meyer Junior Rose Parade.
  • Myanmar community welcomes bishops
    A smile swept across Archbishop Alexander Sample’s face as a team of Zomi dads and one teen daughter — all in matching button down shirts and blue ties — took the stage after Mass at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Portland.
  • SPRINGFIELD — A celebration of Ukrainian Day will be held at Nativity Ukrainian Parish here Saturday, Aug. 4. The free event will include Ukrainian and Slavic dishes for purchase, as well as baked goods, coffee and soft drinks.
  • Mayor’s blog notes priest
    BANDON — The mayor of this South Coast town writes a weekly blog reflecting on the city’s history. A recent post by Mary Schamehorn included a photo of the late Father Ervin Vandehey hefting lumber in 1958 as the rectory of Holy Trinity Church was being built. The priest was 39 at the time.
  • Former running back: ‘Be courageous’
    “Be strong and courageous.” That was advice from former NFL running back Curt Warner at a fundraising event for Catholic Youth Organization sports at Holy Family School in Southeast Portland.
  • St. Ignatius School in Southeast Portland was awarded a three-year grant to participate in a global partnership program through the JDO Foundation. It’s an opportunity for students and teachers to use technology to learn and work with partners across the world.