Archbishop Alexander Sample will ordain two men as priests of the Archdiocese of Portland Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. (Kristen Hannum/Catholic Sentinel)
Archbishop Alexander Sample will ordain two men as priests of the Archdiocese of Portland Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland. (Kristen Hannum/Catholic Sentinel)

Archbishop Alexander Sample will ordain two men as priests of the Archdiocese of Portland Saturday, June 15, 11 a.m. at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

Deacon Peter Julia was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1979 and was raised Catholic. The family moved to New Jersey and then Texas. He attended Baylor University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health and fitness studies. He moved to Colorado Springs and then in 2008 to Portland.

Before entering seminary, he worked as a rock climbing instructor, coach, guide and bicycle mechanic and salesman.

A member of Cathedral Parish in Portland, he studied philosophy for two years at Mount Angel Seminary before going to Rome for studies.

Deacon Julia completed pastoral ministry assignments at Central Catholic High School in Portland, Providence Benedictine Nursing Center in Mount Angel, Marymount International School in Rome and the Naples Navy Base in Italy.

While enrolled at the North American College in Rome, he used his expertise to service the bicycles of his peers. The Eternal City’s ancient cobblestone streets are tough on two-wheelers, he told the Sentinel.

On rides, Deacon Julia prays the rosary or praises God spontaneously. He compares truing a bicycle wheel, adjustments to spokes to get rid of wobbles, to the occasional re-centering humans need via sacraments, formation and liturgy.

As a deacon, he served at St. James Parish in McMinnville before returning for final studies in Rome.

Deacon Stephen Kenyon, born in 1990 in Taichung, Taiwan, grew up in Taiwan and China where his parents were serving as Pentecostal Missionaries. When he was a teen, he and his family returned to the United States and moved to Portland where he graduated from Lincoln High School in 2009.

Deacon Kenyon went to college at George Fox University in Newberg, preparing to become a math teacher. During his freshman year, he discerned God’s call to become a Catholic priest. As a result, he joined the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults at St. Matthew Parish in Hillsboro and became Catholic at the Easter Vigil in 2011. He completed his degree at George Fox in mathematics and philosophy while being involved at St. Peter Parish in Newberg.

In 2013, he entered Mount Angel Seminary. Since then he has served in pastoral assignments at St. Alice Parish in Springfield, Holy Family in Southeast Portland, St. Anthony in Tigard, San Lorenzo Tezonco in México City, Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington, St. Patrick in Canby, and a pastoral year internship at St. Joseph in Salem. He was ordained to the diaconate in May 2018. As a deacon, he has served at St. Anne Parish in Grants Pass and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Aloha.