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  • Longtime Jesuit pastor who came of age in Portland dies at 89
    Jesuit Father Tom McCarthy, a longtime pastor in western Oregon, died Aug. 1 at a hospital near the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California. He was 89.
Blanchet House board has new president
    The Blanchet House board of directors has elected Jerry Quinn as new board president. Quinn succeeds Emily Harrington, who served as president starting in 2018 and will remain on the board.
  • Racism and resilience: An overview of Catholic African American history
    As demonstrations and conversations remain impassioned in the wake of George Floyd’s death in May, it’s all the more urgent “to have an honest look at history and the Catholic Church’s past,” said Gloria Purvis, a Washington, D.C.-based pro-life advocate, vocal proponent of the Black Lives Matter movement and fellow radio show host with Deacon Burke-Sivers. “In many ways,” Purvis said, it’s a miracle that there are Black Catholics.”
  • Archbishop calls for end to violence, return to effort for justice
    As the national spotlight landed on his city and its ongoing protests, Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample on July 24 made a plea for citizens to leave violence behind and return to a campaign for racial justice.
  • A Catholic mother explains why she protests
    “Hands up! Don't shoot!” Sabrina Sheehy and scores of other mothers sent the chant toward federal officers in downtown Portland July 23.
  • When illness, loss of employment, civil unrest and other adversities arise, we look for solutions for our unsettled feelings. This interactive virtual Zoom session, presented by the Northwest Catholic Counseling Center, provides tools for identifying sources of anxiety.
  • Providence opens weight center
    Providence has opened the Center for Weight Management, with a multidisciplinary approach offering patients non-surgical and surgical weight loss programs.
  • At-home camping
    The first moment I mentioned to my children that I would let them camp in the living room, they were overjoyed. I collected their sleeping bags and a small lantern. Meanwhile, they quickly gathered stuffed animals, water bottles, toothbrushes, three-days’ worth of clothing, and snacks. I helped them make a blanket fort in the living room, which they told me they intended to sleep in for three nights.
  • Fr. Richard Thompson: With joy and laughter

    Since he was a young priest at St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton, Father Richard Thompson has walked into classrooms and told the parish children to greet him if they see him outside of church. “And if you don’t know what to say, ask what color my socks are,” the jovial priest would say. To further encourage the children, Father Thompson offered five dollars to anyone who caught him not wearing burgundy socks.

  • The surge of COVID-19 cases and the temporary closure of Huber’s dining rooms make the event imprudent and so it has been canceled. 
  • Fr. Paschal Ezurike: A calling found in childhood
    For some priests, the desire to take up the cloth comes late in life. For Father Paschal Ezurike, the call came early.
  • Retiring priest grateful for the people
    BEAVERTON — As Msgr. Richard Paperini unpacked at St. John Vianney retirement community here, he felt grateful for those he met, served and collaborated with during 43 years of priesthood.
  • Shopping can help needy
    Through July, Catholic Community Services of Lane County is joining forces with the Springfield Grocery Outlet for the annual Independence from Hunger campaign.
  • Providence St. Vincent Medical Center was designated a top hospital in the country for both patient safety and patient experience. The recognition comes from Healthgrades, an online resource for information about physicians and hospitals.
New leader at Providence Newberg
    NEWBERG — Joe Yoder has been named chief executive at Providence Newberg Medical Center, beginning Aug. 3.
  • No tea? No problem: Seminary Tea couldn’t happen, but the committee raised the funds anyway
    A global pandemic could not thwart the goal of the Seminary Tea Committee.
  • Program helps collegians stay connected to Catholicism
    A program begun out of the Serra Club of Portland, a vocations promotion group, helps link college students to Catholic campus ministry at schools across the nation. Newman Connection also helps Catholic students find friends who are Catholic.
  • Unhealthy relationships in our lives often have traumatic effects. We are exposed to inconsistent behavior, dramatic changes in interactions, and destructive life cycles. This virtual Zoom workshop presented by the Northwest Catholic Counseling Center explores the role of trauma bonding in relationships.
  • Business and parishes keep teaming up to feed thousands
    TIGARD — Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on July 13 saw how a local business and Catholic parishes join efforts to serve hundreds of needy people with efficiency and kindness.
  • Bill allows disabled patients to have an advocate
    SALEM — Just before Independence Day, the Oregon Legislature quickly passed a load of legislation, including a bill that allows Oregonians with disabilities to have an advocate along when being admitted to the hospital.
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