A longstanding benefit to aid Archdiocese of Portland seminarians will take place in person in June after two years online.

The 87th annual Archbishop’s Seminary Tea is set for Wednesday, June 1, 3–6 p.m. at the Portland Golf Club. Archbishop Alexander Sample, Archbishop John Vlazny and Bishop Peter Smith are expected to attend.

The annual tea party has been held since 1935 to support the formation of future priests in western Oregon. Bishops come in formal attire and greet attendees, many of whom don hats. All sip from china cups, chat and enjoy hors d‘oeuvres and sweets.

The goal is to support seminarians and build unity among Catholics.

Last year, despite the pandemic, the Seminary Tea women raised and presented $44,000 to Archbishop Sample for the education of seminarians who will serve in the archdiocese.

“We have so much to celebrate as we give thanks that we can resume the long-standing tradition of the tea,” said Cherie Maesaka, marketing chairwoman and a Seminary Tea Committee member from Holy Trinity Parish in Beaverton. “We are looking forward to renewing our bond of friendship and fellowship throughout the Archdiocese of Portland.”

This year’s tea will recognize Archbishop Sample in the 32nd year of his priesthood.

“Somehow, you have continued your great tradition and show your love and support for the seminarians,” Archbishop Sample told the women at a special Mass last year. “That means just as much as the dollar amount. You are supporting the future of our church. You have become true models of Christian service.”

Anne Marie Wise and Kim Jacobson are co-chairs for the current Seminary Tea Committee.

The Archbishop’s Seminary Tea Committee welcomes new members. Those interested can contact Carol McMenamin, cam5435@gmail.com or Toni Fisher, Bitfisher68@gmail.com.