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  • Time of confirmation now seventh grade
    Parishes in western Oregon will begin preparing children for confirmation in seventh grade. The presbyteral council, an advisory body of priests, voted unanimously in favor of the change.
  • Archbishop takes on questions about abortion stance
    In a 10-minute video released July 8, Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample confronted some of the typical challenges to Catholic teaching and action on abortion.
    The archbishop told teens that humanity was created by the Father, captured by Satan and rescued by Jesus. He asked the young people what their response will be.
  • 'Being kind comes naturally to him'
    At the beginning of the Rite of Ordination, after the director of vocations assures the archbishop that the candidate has been found worthy and the archbishop chooses the candidate for the order of the priesthood, it’s the people’s turn to speak.
  • Archbishop urges compassionate ministry
    Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample called today’s reversal of Roe v. Wade an answer to prayer and the result of heroic effort. He also urged pro-lifers to act with compassion, not a sense of triumph.
  • NEW CATHOLIC CHARITIES LEADER: ‘A mission given to us by God’
    The new executive director of Catholic Charities of Oregon makes it clear that she puts God first.

  • Public procession expresses awe at Eucharist
    Scores of worshippers processed behind Archbishop Alexander Sample June 19 as he carried the Eucharist from St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception to Couch Park.
  • Archbishop urges truth and love on controversial issues
    Archbishop Alexander Sample on June 13 described abortion, disregard for family life and transgender ideology as instances of a satanic attack on the image and likeness of God. At the same time, the 61-year-old churchman called for deep love and concern for those who have been drawn into the cultural shifts.
  • Corpus Christi procession set
    On Sunday, June 19, following the 11 a.m. Mass at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Archbishop Alexander Sample will process with the Blessed Sacrament to the downtown Park Blocks.
  • Archbishop Sample supports decision on Pelosi
    Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample is supporting San Francisco’s archbishop for declaring that U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is not to be admitted to Communion in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.
  • Religious leaders express solidarity with Ukrainians
    In a Northwest Portland synagogue May 17, dozens of faith leaders expressed solidarity with Ukraine’s people and urged believers to contribute to humanitarian support.
  • New deacons wedded to the church
    The promises of obedience and celibacy three transitional deacons made May 21 are as significant as the vows couples make in marriage. That was a message from Archbishop Alexander Sample during the deacon ordinations of Anthony Hoangphan, Matthew Knight, and Efrain Razo.
  • What’s your response?
    “What will be your response to the Resurrection?” Archbishop Alexander Sample asked on a video released on Facebook early Easter morning.
  • Unity evident at Chrism Mass
    Resplendent liturgical music, 150 priests in matching vestments and a cathedral full of the lay faithful made the April 11 Chrism Mass one of the most consequential Catholic moments in western Oregon in the past two years.
  • Seminary Tea set for June 1
    A longstanding benefit to aid Archdiocese of Portland seminarians will take place in person in June after two years online.
  • Bishops sign letter warning that Germany's synodal path could lead to schism
    More than 70 bishops from around the world have released a fraternal open letter to Germany's bishops warning that sweeping changes to Church teaching advocated by the ongoing process known as the Synodal Path may lead to schism.
  • Created, captured, rescued: How to respond?
    Archbishop Alexander Sample last month released a series of four brief videos that tackle the biggest questions of human existence with logic, kindness and clarity.
  • Archbishop Sample responds to expanded assisted suicide
    Due to a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of its assisted suicide residency requirement, Oregon will no longer limit assisted suicide to residents of the state.
  • Monks and archbishop pray for Russia and Ukraine
    Before the final blessing, Archbishop Sample led the monastic community, seminarians, other attendees, and those viewing on livestream in an act of consecration of the world, the church and all humanity, especially Russia and Ukraine, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
  • Archbishop Sample's statement on Ukraine
    And especially to you my brothers and sisters I want to assure you of my solidarity with you, my prayers for you. I have been carefully following the events in Ukraine.
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