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  • 'Shaken to the core'

    Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample today issued a letter to western Oregon Catholics in which he expresses shock, anger and discouragement over revelations of clergy sex abuse in other parts of the country. “I have been shaken to the core of my soul over them,” Archbishop Sample wrote in the five-page letter, which includes a call for renewed care of victims, reinvigorated prayer life among priests and an outside lay-run investigative body. Archbishop Sample also said that bishops should be held to the same standards as priests.

  • Faith communities called on to help in homeless crisis
    Catholic Charities of Oregon hopes several Catholic parishes will step forward early to take part in a new Portland-area program that allows churches to host homeless car campers in their parking lots.
  • She gives us all a chance for Olympic-like glory
    A member of Cathedral Parish in Portland who also sits on the Seminary Tea Committee runs Oregon’s most massive and diverse sporting event each year.
  • Soccer star open about his faith
    One of the most admired players in Major League Soccer is a dedicated Catholic who quietly speaks with God each morning. Known as the “Maestro” for his skillful and intelligent play, Diego Valeri has become an Oregon icon as midfielder and captain for the Portland Timbers. Fans wave flags bearing his bearded image and inscribed simply, “El Rey.”
  • ‘Freedom is for something’

    An estimated 5,000 refugee Catholics convened on the Sunday before Independence Day to commemorate what they see as God’s liberating action in their lives.

  • WATCH: The migrant’s companion
    “People say they don’t like immigrants but I always ask, ‘Who cleans your house? Who washes your dishes in restaurants? Who takes care of your elders?’” says Dagoberto Morales. “People allow immigrants into the most intimate parts of their lives. Then they say they don’t want them?”
  • Catholic entrepreneur honored
    Werner Nistler Jr., founder of Touchmark retirement communities, has been awarded the EY Lifetime Entrepreneur Award for the Pacific Northwest. The prize comes just as Nistler is opening a new complex in Portland, Touchmark in the West Hills.
  • WATCH: Grants from church help get at poverty’s roots
    A group of Portland Catholic refugees from Myanmar will use a $5,000 grant to train men as truck drivers, from learning English to abiding by the rules of the road. Those jobs will boost family income and allow the families to fulfill a fervent wish — sending their children to Catholic schools.
  • A $1 million gift boosts care facility renovation
    BEAVERTON — A $1 million gift has sparked a renovation project for the main building at Maryville, a skilled rehabilitative and intermediate care facility.
  • St. Monica Apartments open doors to young mothers in need
    SALEM — Catholic Community Services celebrated the opening of the St. Monica Apartments complex May 16.

    Community members gathered to tour the facility, which provides stable homes for vulnerable young mothers so they can nurture their children.
  • WATCH: Winery operates via faith, intellect, natural order, family history

    ST. PAUL — It’s a place to talk soil pH, medieval architecture, pasture health, Renaissance polyphony, grape cluster tightness and papal encyclicals — even before sipping an entire glass of pinot noir.

  • 'Taste and believe': Benedictine Brewery taproom opening soon

    Tyrant Cascadian Dark Ale and the less-forebodingly dubbed St. Benedict Farmhouse Ale will be among the beers crafted not at the trendiest Portland brewery but on the peaceful, prayer-suffused land of Mount Angel Abbey.

     
  • Mass set for before big Timbers game

    The soccer rivalry between the Portland Timbers and the Seattle Sounders is the most robust in United States soccer. Fans go bonkers.

    St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, just a few minutes’ walk from Providence Park, is inviting fans of the Aug. 26 grudge match between the teams to a pre-game Mass at 2 p.m.

  •  Catholic Charities' one-of-a-kind financial wellness program expanding
    Catholic Charities offices across the nation are looking to Oregon because of an expanding financial self-sufficiency program. The University of Notre Dame even wanted to do a study on the unique project.
  • Pints for pups: Tigard tap house helps find homes for dogs
    The dog days of summer have taken on new meaning inside the walls of a Tigard business that opened earlier this year. Fido’s — the world’s first dog tap house, according to owner Scott Porter — could be the dream destination for the hop and pup lover.
  • Faith-inspired gun measure will need to wait

    Backers of a proposed Oregon ballot measure to outlaw sales of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines have been forced to wait for a later election or move to persuading lawmakers.

    The Oregon Supreme Court last month rejected the ballot language as too vague and sent it back to Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum. That left advocates with too little time to collect the needed 88,000 valid signatures by July 6. 

     

     

  • Cancer survivor set for relay race

    Cancer changed Becky Roth but didn’t claim her.

    Despite losing two leg bones used for her jaw reconstruction, she will run in the 2018 Providence Hood to Coast relay race this month to raise money for cancer research at Providence Health and Services.

     

  • 'A huge and powerful love': How Catholic schools respond following crises

    On a Monday last fall, Marian Cansdale learned her 53-year-old husband, Douglas, had been killed in a car accident. He had just dropped off their oldest son at Santa Clara University in California and was driving back to Portland to make that evening’s back-to-school night at Jesuit High School, where his two daughters were enrolled.

  • Oregon state titles go to Catholic schools
    Fleet-footed women and accurate golfers brought home the most hardware for Oregon Catholic schools during the prep spring sports season.
  • CYO/Camp Howard offers thanks

    Almost 200 Catholic Youth Organization/Camp Howard volunteers gathered at the University of Portland this spring for an evening of recognition.

    The 2018 Hall of Fame inductee, Joseph Weston, has been a friend and major supporter of CYO/Camp Howard for many years.

     

     

  • Oregon-raised man leads Virginia’s Knights of Columbus
    RICHMOND, Virginia — Virginia’s Knights of Columbus on May 5 unanimously elected Edward Polich as state deputy. Polich, who graduated from Jesuit High School in Portland and then Oregon State University, began his term July 1. 
  • UPDATED: Abortion measure makes ballot
    This fall Oregonians will vote on a measure that bans public spending on abortion. The debate could be charged in a state with the nation’s most permissive abortion laws.
  • A refugee supporting refugees

    As a 6-year-old girl, Trang Do would rise at 5 a.m. daily with her grandfather to walk a mile to Mass in their small town south of Saigon.

    Just four years later, she faced a faith crisis.

     “My uncle warned us this boat could just hold 39 people,” the 10-year-old Trang Do thought to herself as she crammed onto the wooden boat deck. “But now — we have 110 people on it?” 

     

     

  • Oregon’s sanctuary status up for a vote
    This November Oregonians will vote on whether the nation’s oldest statewide sanctuary law will remain in place. State election officials announced July 17 that Initiative Petition 22, the “Stop Oregon Sanctuaries” campaign, has enough valid signatures to make the fall ballot.
  • Former O’Hara School employee charged with embezzling more than $50,000

    EUGENE — The former advancement director for O’Hara School here was indicted by a Lane County grand jury July 16 on charges of embezzlement. He has pleaded not guilty. 

  • Women’s group makes large donation for seminarian education
    The Young Ladies Institute, a West Coast Catholic service and social organization, held an annual Mass and meeting at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Southeast Portland in March and donated more than $20,000 for seminarian education.
  • PeaceHealth chief executive named

    SPRINGFIELD — Catholic health provider PeaceHealth has named a veteran nurse as chief executive in Oregon.

    Mary Kingston begins July 30 as leader of the network, which includes hospitals and clinics in Springfield, Eugene, other parts of Lane County and the coast. 

     

     

  • WATCH: Seniors liberated by downsizing
    A decade ago, Bob and Marge Finch moved from a 2,400-square-foot family home to an 1,800-square-foot one-level house. Recently they relocated into a 1,500-square-foot senior apartment.
  • Hidden ministry: Crew quietly makes sure parish kitchen is well stocked, creating space for hospitality

    ASHLAND — The church hall at Our Lady of the Mountain Parish here gets steady use: Sunday coffee and rolls, Knights of Columbus breakfasts, RCIA, adult faith formation, committee meetings, first Communion receptions, dinners, luncheons.

  • 'Complete dependence on God’: Hazelnut grower says his work teaches him humility, patience

    Vytas Babusis reaches up to examine a young hazelnut cluster — the sweet, buttery orbs maturing under pale-green, papery husks.

    “We are in a hurry to have the answers all at once,” said Babusis, gently releasing the nut bundle. “But sometimes we need to step back and watch and listen to nature.”

  • ‘We had a job to do’: Marine Corps veteran reflects on World War II duty

    GRANTS PASS — A 95-year-old Marine Corps veteran from St. Anne Parish here is one of the poster boys for a Knights of Columbus series on the World War II generation.

     

     

  • Northwest Christian University honors Catholic couple

    EUGENE — Cathleen and Joe Karcher, members of St. Paul Parish here, have been recognized by Northwest Christian University for ethical leadership and commitment to the community.

    The Karchers in May received the 2018 Exemplary Ethical Leadership Award from the school’s Center for Leadership and Ethics

  •  Holy Name Sisters say our faith demands welcome and caring
    Scores of Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary took to Portland’s streets Saturday, July 7, in support of immigrants and refugees legally seeking asylum in the United States.
  • Schools endowment fund sets out to increase access

    The Archdiocese of Portland’s Catholic Schools Department has released a major plan that aims to sustain schools and extend a Catholic education to more families. Part of the strategy is a reinvigorated fund for tuition aid.

    The retooled Catholic Schools Endowment Foundation of Oregon will seek gifts from individuals, estates, organizations and businesses who believe more children should have access to the values and success Catholic schools offer.

  • The woods drew him back: Mark Turner left successful engineering career to be a logger

    Early Saturday mornings when Mark Turner was a young boy, his father and two brothers would pile into a Chevy pickup and head for the Oregon woods. While his dad cut down trees to support the family, the boys ran through pine-needle-padded hills, scrambled up rocks, dipped their toes into cool creeks and constructed forts from nature’s bounty.

  •  New chief executive for Providence Portland Medical Center

    Krista Farnham has been named chief executive for Providence Portland Medical Center. Previously, she served as the hospital’s chief operating officer.

    The medical center, near All Saints Parish, has 483 beds, more than 3,100 employees and 1,200 medical staff members. In addition to leading Providence Portland, Farnham will oversee Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital, Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center and Providence Milwaukie Hospital.

     

     

  •  Priest, newly naturalized, drawn to share the fate and dreams of those he serves

    An England-born priest who helps the Archdiocese of Portland live up to canon law has completed an iconic American legal process. Father John Boyle, adjutant judicial vicar for the archdiocese, became a United States citizen June 12. “I see my future as being here,” says Father Boyle, whose family has Irish roots. “There is a sense of wanting to be one of the people whom I am called to serve and share their values."

  • New leaders named for PeaceHealth

    SPRINGFIELD — Joe Mark, a healthcare executive with 35 years of leadership experience, has been hired as interim chief executive for PeaceHealth Oregon Network.

    Mark has held a variety of hospital leadership roles, including chief executive officer, chief operating officer and vice president. He most recently served as interim senior vice president and area manager for two Kaiser Foundation hospitals in California. He is a director with WolfCreek Partners Group, a firm specializing in leadership development and organizational change.

     

     

  • Kenton pod village, a success, will remain for a while

    A Catholic Charities-sponsored village of tiny houses in North Portland likely will remain for another six months or so.

    Kenton Village, a grouping of 14 pods for homeless women, opened a year ago on city-owned property near North Columbia Boulevard. It began as a pilot project slated to expire this month. But plans by Transition Projects to build low-cost housing on the site are delayed, leaving the village more time — if neighbors vote to keep it.

  • Portland parish offers ‘support and accompaniment’ to asylum-seeker

    One night in a small town in Mexico, armed men arrived at Maria’s house. Pregnant and with her young daughter asleep in the next room, she wasn’t sure if she should rush to get her 2-year-old or run for her life.

    An “armed man started yelling at me,” she says in an asylum application. “Another man of the group yelled to the first man not to kill me because I was pregnant.”

  • Sacred Liturgy Conference to include procession to Capitol
    SALEM — The Sacred Liturgy Conference June 27-30, sponsored by Schola Cantus Angelorum, will conclude with a procession to the Oregon State Capitol with the faithful carrying a statue of Mary, saying the rosary and chanting Marian hymns. It will be the second major Catholic procession in public following up on the June 3 Corpus Christi celebration, which took an estimated 1,000 worshippers from St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland through the Pearl District to the North Park Blocks.
  • V Encuentro regional meeting: ‘Inspired to share our love’
    In an unremarkable-looking conference room at a hotel in downtown Portland — a city known for its dearth of traditional religious practice — a gathering of Catholics from five states did the remarkable: Through discussion and prayer, and even a conga line, they united hard work and joy-infused faith to produce concrete ideas that will serve the spiritual life of Hispanics in the United States for years to come.
  • New summer faith formation focuses on discipleship
    The Archdiocese of Portland has begun a pilot project for a new kind of summer faith formation. Totus Tuus, an alternative to vacation Bible schools, snares the witness power of young adult Catholics. College students and seminarians will share the Gospel and other Catholic teaching with children and teens.
  • Catholic Charities dedicates housing complex in Molalla
    MOLALLA — Catholic Charities of Oregon and Caritas Housing Initiatives recently dedicated new affordable housing. Originally known as Rondel Court, Molalla Gardens Apartments here went through a major renovation, with 17 new apartments, a new community room, a children’s play structure and gardens for residents.
  • Catholic Youth Organization chaperones, DJ make annual dance great

    A Friday last month marked the start of a great migration. Centered on the banks of the Willamette River at historic Oaks Park, hundreds could be seen moving in formation to musical rhythm.

    Many Portland area residents, like MaryAnn and Bryan Stewart, have been gathering in this same spot for more than a decade to witness the event.

    Salmon? Canadian geese?

    Nope. Catholic Youth Organization dancers.

     

     

  • Catholics rally at the Washington County Court House
    More than 40 people gathered at the Washington County Court House Monday morning to express their concern about children being separated from their families by immigration agents at the U.S. border. The court house was chosen as a site because ICE agents have been active there targeting Latino-appearing people. The vigil coincided with a weekly Monday 9 a.m. vigil that originated because of that ICE activity.
  • St. Vincent de Paul of Salem fueled by self-giving
    SALEM — On a damp winter morning, a white-haired homeless man stumbled into the offices of St. Vincent de Paul Society. He was soaked to his skinny core. Staff and volunteers quickly handed the shivering elder hot coffee and a plate of food. Everyone hustled to replace his dank garments with clean, dry clothes. Soon, he was outfitted, except for dry shoes. They did not have his size.
  • UPDATED: Sentinel, El Centinela take home 22 awards
    GREEN BAY, Wisconsin — For the second year in a row, the Catholic Sentinel has been named the best newspaper in its category by the Catholic Press Association. The general excellence honor was one of the 22 awards won by the Sentinel and its sister paper El Centinela Friday night during the annual Catholic Media Conference.
  • Portland Archdiocese’s anti-porn efforts continue