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  • Visiting priest asked to leave

    When Catholic bishops, priests and religious travel to give retreats or minister outside their home dioceses, they must send ahead a letter of recommendation showing good standing and then wait for a welcome from the host diocese.

  • Nursery cared for vulnerable Portland children
    By 1939, Britain was ordering U.S.-made vessels for the war against the Nazis. Portland’s shipbuilding surged, and the city needed more workers in a hurry.
  • Summer goings on at Grotto
    There are all kinds of summer events coming up at The Grotto, Portland’s Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful mother. Opportunities range from intriguing moments with pets to magnificent ethnic faith observances.
  • National Singles for Christ Conference aimed at forming and nourishing love-filled evangelizers
    Next month, rooms of Hilton’s Embassy Suites in Northeast Portland alternately will pulse with praise and worship, contain hushed prayers of the faithful, and ring with cheers for lively improv and dance — all to invigorate the faith of young people in love with the Lord. The 25th annual National Singles for Christ Conference, slated for Aug. 2-4, is expected to draw more than 400 young adult Catholics from around the country. The registration deadline is July 13.
  • Camp Howard staff training: A behind the scenes peek
    CORBETT — “The most important part of the Camp Howard experience is the relationship between the counselor and the camper,” executive director Sister Krista von Borstel said during staff training June 25.
  • Official
    Fr. Nazario Atukunda, an instructing judge for the Archdiocese of Portland Tribunal, will be in residence at St. John the Baptist Parish in Milwaukie.
  • Vigils oppose immigration officers at courthouses
    HILLSBORO — About 40 people gathered June 17 to protest what they call the harassment of immigrant families by federal immigration agents at the Washington County Courthouse here. It was part of a demonstration at courthouses statewide.

  • Married for 75 years, full of memories and wisdom
    Worldwide Marriage Encounter asked Americans to nominate the longest-married couples they know. The hope is to recognize these veterans of matrimony and hold up the sacrament of marriage as vital to society’s success.
  • WATCH: Jesus hits the streets of Portland
    On an overcast Sunday afternoon, Jesus Christ and 800 of his followers descended from St. Mary Cathedral into the streets of downtown Portland. Participants called it powerful public witness to the Catholic belief of Jesus’ real presence in the Eucharist.
  • Truck to help charity’s reach
    EUGENE — Staffs from the Eugene and Springfield Catholic Community Services centers gathered with supporters and benefactors June 13 to celebrate the commissioning of a new box truck that will increase the agency’s ability to provide food and other essentials to neighbors in need.
  • Oregon couple hopes for unity at border

    BROWNSVILLE, Ore. — Along the border between Mexico and Arizona, there are both more hope and more despair in the last two years. That’s the assessment of an Oregon Catholic couple who this spring traveled south of Tucson for the fourth time.

  • Peacehealth names vice president of operations
    Elva Sipin will provide operational oversight at RiverBend to ensure the hospital continues to meet the needs of caregivers and patients. This is a new role at RiverBend, one that is designed to provide campus oversight.
Truck to help charity’s reach
    EUGENE — Staffs from the Eugene and Springfield Catholic Community Services centers gathered with supporters and benefactors June 13 to celebrate the commissioning of a new box truck that will increase the agency’s ability to provide food and other essentials to neighbors in need.
  • Catholic Community Services of Lane County is collecting personal and household hygiene items throughout June.
  • Taped confession stays on priest’s mind
    More than two decades ago, the Archdiocese of Portland was embroiled in a debate to preserve the sanctity of the sacrament of reconciliation.
  • Catholic nursing schools prepping students for elder care
    The United States is in the middle of a nursing shortage at a time when nurses and health care are needed more than ever.
  • Sentinel again top of its class

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — For the third year in a row, the Catholic Sentinel has been named one of the best Catholic newspapers in the nation.

List of accused Holy Cross priests includes several with past ties to University of Portland
    Three Holy Cross priests who previously served at the University of Portland were credibly accused of sexually abusing minors, according to a list released June 12 by the U.S province of the Congregation of Holy Cross. One of the three, Father Archibald McDowell, appears to have abused a minor in Oregon while based at U.P., though specifics of the abuse are unclear.

  • Silverton resident receives leadership scholarship
    STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Silverton resident Elisha Valladares-Cormier, a junior communication arts major at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, has been selected to receive the Higginbotham Leadership Scholarship from Franciscan University’s Center for Leadership.
  • ACCW meeting convenes in sadness and joy
    The May 13 meeting of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women began with prayers and expressions of gratitude for Father Robert Krueger, who died April 28.
  • Couple has a ministry of listening

    CENTRAL POINT — As a bus driver and hairdresser, Scott and Joyce Eason have had plenty of chances to listen as others unburden themselves of life’s struggles.

  • JVC Northwest director presided over a surge of good works
    MILWAUKIE — Jeanne Haster had a flair for receiving the ardor of young Catholics and aiming it toward Gospel values.
  • Filmmaker aims to bring reality of sex trafficking to light
    George Elliot knows the power of a story to touch souls. He’s spent years as an actor, director and playwright. Now he’s on a mission to save lives.
  • Official announcement from the Archdiocese of Portland

    Archbishop Alexander Sample announces the following:

    Fr. Francisco Bringuela is now designated pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Independence. Fr. Martin Tavares-Hernandez is now designated pastor of St. Peter Parish, Newberg.

  • Priest reassignments 2019

    UPDATED JUNE 14, 10 A.M.

    The Archdiocese of Portland has announced clergy reassignments to take effect July 1, unless noted otherwise. In all, 22 priests are making a move. 

  • Annual conference aims to inspire, give educators tools to serve more students with special needs
    There were nationally known speakers at a conference last month on inclusive Catholic education. But Central Catholic junior River Sampson got to the heart of the gathering when he stepped up to the mic.
Local link to Irish history
    The Ancient Order of Hibernians honored Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain at a May meeting. Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, O'Scannlain is a first-generation Irish-American son of immigrant parents from Sligo and Derry. He told Hibernians how his father and grandfather fought for a united, independent Ireland.
  • Mount Angel confers degrees on 55
    ST. BENEDICT — Mount Angel Seminary’s graduating class of 2019 celebrated a baccalaureate Mass May 10 and commencement the following morning. Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange, California, gave the commencement address, speaking to more than 300 family and friends assembled in the abbey church.
  • ‘No one can do this alone’
    Father Dave Zegar, pastor of St. Andrew Parish in Northeast Portland, and other community leaders held a press conference this morning to urge people to contact their legislators about Oregon House Bill 2508, also known as the Refugees Welcome Act.
  • St. Mary’s Academy student is 2019 Rose Festival queen
    St. Mary’s Academy senior Mya Brazile was crowned queen of the 2019 Portland Rose Festival Saturday, June 8, amid lively, loud cheers in Portland’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
  • Community leaders honored by ecumenical group
    Oregon’s ecumenical organization this spring honored a group of community leaders for moral leadership, including several Catholics.
  • Eugene Catholic bookstore now shuttered

    EUGENE — A Catholic bookstore here has closed, leaving the Carmelite Sisters west of town as the sole purveyor of church goods in the area.

  • A man for others
    Jesuit High School’s head football coach, Ken Potter, wasn’t surprised to hear the news about former Jesuit star football player Keanon Lowe, now football and track coach and head of security at Parkrose High School. Lowe tackled a gunman in a Parkrose classroom May 17, probably saving lives. Lowe, who graduated from Jesuit in 2010, had responded to a routine call from the school office and ended up wrestling a shotgun away from the distraught 18-year-old.
  • Blazer, Archbishop Sample alums of same school
    Zach Collins, a 7-foot-tall Portland Trail Blazers center, is a product of Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, the same diocesan-run school the future Archbishop Alexander Sample attended in the 1970s.
  • Knights cook up steaks, and relaxation, for seminarians
    MOUNT ANGEL — The Oregon Knights of Columbus state officers and past state deputies and their spouses have served pie and ice cream at Mount Angel Seminary for many years, usually during mid-terms in early December.
  • Rupp inducted into CYO Hall of Fame
    Catholic Youth Organization of the Archdiocese of Portland last month inducted one of the nation’s great distance runners into the CYO Hall of Fame. Galen Rupp, an Olympic medalist, got a start in track and field with his CYO team at All Saints School in Northeast Portland, where his mother was the coach. When he was in eighth grade, he helped the All Saints team to a Meet of Champions title.
  • New home for Mater Dei Radio
    Oregon’s Catholic radio station is planning to expand its communications ministry from a new building atop Sylvan Hill in Southwest Portland.
  • Knights elect new leaders
    LEBANON — Ron Boyce of the Knights of Columbus council in Tigard was elected state deputy during the 111th annual Oregon Knights of Columbus convention held April 26-28 at the Boulder Falls Events Center here.
  • Veteran pastor and educator dies at age 89

    Father Ted Weber, longtime pastor and teacher in the Archdiocese of Portland, died May 31 at age 89. A funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, June 8, at Christ the King Parish Milwaukie. Interment will take place at Mount Calvary Cemetery on Monday, June 10. Recalled by many in their youths as a Central Catholic High School disciplinarian, Father Weber usually revealed himself later as a kind and funny raconteur.

  • Victims hidden in our midst: An inside look at sex trafficking in Oregon
    She was the kind of kid who in daycare went around and tucked everybody in before she climbed into her own little bed.

    “Our daughter was a girl with a big heart,” said Brian Owens, a Catholic and father of three (names have been changed at the family’s request).
  • Follow-up: Memories of E.H. Deery
    In March, the Sentinel wrote about Portland’s Ancient Order of Hibernians (“An ancient order: Portland’s great Irish past,” March 15, page 12). Included was a journalistic ditty about Edward Hugh Deery, a Hibernian pioneer who guided the organization in its heyday. We concluded the piece by saying we were puzzled that we could not find records of the great man’s death.
  • He remembers the Vanport flood
    On May 29, 1948, a teenage Dick Safranski and his pals from Assumption Parish rushed to the dikes along the swollen Columbia River. They hefted sandbags into a wall, protecting their North Portland neighborhood from floodwaters.
  • Church leaders fear damage wrought by porn
    Archbishop Alexander Sample soon will issue a pastoral letter on pornography. The archbishop is expected to call the use of pornography an epidemic that is hurting young people and families in western Oregon. But the letter will offer a hopeful view, offering a path to freedom from the addiction.
  • Couple leaves Oregon to avert deportation threat
    A well-known Northeast Portland Catholic married couple has moved to Canada because attorneys could not find a clear path to resolve the pair’s immigration status.

  • Tech helps loved ones find gravesites
    HAPPY VALLEY — Geo-mapping software can’t find heaven, but the technology is helping people zero in on the graves of loved ones who’ve probably gone there.
  • Parish, schools devastated at loss of sisters

    Members of Holy Cross Parish in North Portland prayed a special decade of the rosary and are taking up a collection for a family struck by tragedy May 22. Kaylee Moreno Hernandez, a freshman at Central Catholic, and her sister Ana Edith Moreno Hernandez, a college student and member of the parish youth group, died in a morning rush hour crash on North Greeley Avenue.

  • Galen Rupp, embracing family life, plans to be an Olympian again
    One of the best American distance runners in history is a member of Holy Trinity Parish in Beaverton who now spends his time changing diapers and making lunches.

  • Deacon turns down gift
    NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — Deacon Patrick Moynihan, president of the Haitian Project, has rejected a $100,000 donation from New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, saying the businessman has yet to accept responsibility for his actions and denounce the abusive prostitution industry. 
WATCH: Mercy march on Beaverton’s avenues
    BEAVERTON — More than 300 Catholic faithful flowed alongside one of Beaverton’s main thoroughfares April 28 in a march celebrating divine mercy.
  • University of Portland runner finishes well at Boston
    Scott Fauble, a 2015 graduate of the University of Portland and a distance runner, was the top U.S. finisher at this year’s Boston Marathon.
  • Help when your child is mentally fragile
    Parents often struggle when dealing with a child suffering a mental health disorder. Coping with kids who display anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, or attention deficit disorder may result in considerable stress and frustration. Effectively supporting these children is frequently difficult.
  • Restaurant event to benefit Catholic ministry
    EUGENE — Buying burgers at a Carl’s Jr. in Eugene May 16 will help people move out of poverty. The fast-food restaurant at 3032 Gateway St. will donate all its proceeds that day to the ministries of Catholic Community Services of Lane County.
  • They turned castoffs into gifts
    After its 1869 founding at St. Mary Cathedral and decades of visiting the poor, Portland’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul began new ventures after 1926.
  • Mary’s Woods resident steps up for Notre Dame

    LAKE OSWEGO — Leo Conkle, a resident of Mary’s Woods retirement community, is challenging his fellow residents and the wider community to help rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral in France.

  • Residents moving into new Mary’s Woods neighborhood
    LAKE OSWEGO — It’s been 18 years since the Sisters of the Holy Names used dozens of acres of property south of Lake Oswego to build a village for seniors.  
Since 1942, the Catholic Charities appeal has sought to fulfill the needs of the times
    The annual collection for Catholic Charities of Oregon has its roots in the Second World War.

    Begun just months after Pearl Harbor, the initial campaign took as its 1942 theme, “Charity Begins at Home.”

  • True to his teams: Archbishop Sample has retained loyalty to the sports franchises of his youth

    Archbishops rarely get a Sunday off. But if he finds a chance, Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample will tune in to watch his beloved Green Bay Packers of the National Football League.

    “I’m a die-hard fan,” he says. “You don’t lose it.”

  • WATCH: Mass under the skyscrapers

    In the shadow of Portland skyscrapers, more than 700 worshippers gathered May 5 to celebrate the Eucharist. The annual Mariachi Mass at Waterfront Park temporarily turns a site of reveling into a spiritual powerhouse.

  • Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women Conference focuses on saints
    The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, marking 94 years since its founding in the Archdiocese of Portland, held its biannual conference at The Grotto in Northeast Portland on April 13. The theme was “Saints as Role Models.”
  • Priests urge Providence to stop appealing pro-union vote
    A team of local priests is accompanying workers at Providence Portland Medical Center in asking hospital management to accept a vote in favor of unionization.
  • Fire safety on everyone’s mind after Notre Dame
    After the world watched 850-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris catch fire April 15, Catholics began looking to their own older churches.
  • Unbounded by walls of brick