Archdiocese of Portland seminarians appear in a set of videos thanking and encouraging the Catholics of western Oregon. From Mount Angel, St. Patrick Seminary in California, Bishop White Seminary in Spokane and from their homes and parishes, they recorded messages.

“We are praying for you,” said Brent Durschmidt, who was studying in Rome but was called back to Oregon amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“You keep us going on this journey,” Marco Alvarado said, standing in front of the church at Mount Angel Abbey.

Some of the bilingual men offered messages in Spanish.

Shawn Daniel express gratitude for cards and care packages.

Coulter McIntyre urged supporters to not be afraid: “Christ has won the victory. God is in control,” he said.

Ben Cowan told the people: “I am proud of you, the way you are persevering in this time.”

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