Fr. William Holtzinger
Fr. William Holtzinger
The Archdiocese of Portland has released their list of pastor, administrator and parochial vicar assignments, effective July 1 unless otherwise noted. Watch for additional parochial vicar assignments later in the summer.

Pastors

Fr. William Holtzinger

Father Holtzinger has been assigned pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Beaverton.

Father Holtzinger earned bachelor’s and a master’s degrees in math education from Oregon State University, taught math, computer science and religion at Central Catholic High School in Portland 1990-92 and taught math at Tigard High School, 1992-93. He entered Mount Angel Seminary in 1993. Archbishop John Vlazny ordained Father Holtzinger in 2000. He served as pastor at St. Anthony Parish in Forest Grove and in 2009 was appointed pastor of St. Anne Parish, Grants Pass, and its missions — St. Patrick of the Forest, Cave Junction, and Our Lady of the River Parish, Rogue River. During his time there he oversaw fundraising and the building of a new church that was dedicated in 2018.

Fr. Michael Walker

Father Walker has been assigned pastor of St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton.

He has been pastor of St. James in McMinnville, Good Shepherd in Sheridan and St. Michael in Grand Ronde since 2016.

He was born in 1966 in Anaheim, California, studied at Mount Angel Seminary and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 1999 by Archbishop Vlazny. His first assignment was at St. Mary, Corvallis as parochial vicar. He was then assigned to St. Monica, Coos Bay as pastor.

Fr. Charles Wood

Father Wood has been assigned pastor of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Parish in Southwest Portland.

Father Wood was born in 1960 in Washington, D.C. He studied at Mount Angel Seminary and then went on to study at Notre Dame. Father Wood was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2000 by Archbishop Vlazny. His first assignment was at Sacred Heart Parish in Southeast Portland as a parochial vicar. He also served at St. Henry, Gresham, as a parochial vicar. Father Wood then served at St. Clare Parish in Portland as pastor and then as parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Lake in Lake Oswego. Father Wood is a member of the Brotherhood of the People of Praise part of a lay ecumenical community whose members share community and life resources.

Father Wood has been pastor of St. Wenceslaus in Scappoose since 2016.

Fr. Jeffrey Eirvin

Father Eirvin has been assigned pastor of St. Thérèse Parish in Northeast Portland.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1978, he attended Missouri State University and then Oregon State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in graphic design in 2001. He worked as a graphic designer before entering Mount Angel Seminary in 2005. He attended the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas and was ordained by Archbishop Vlazny in 2012.

Father Eirvin was administrator of Sacred Heart, Gervais, and St. Louis, St. Louis. He has served the archdiocese as vocations director since 2014.

Fr. Francesco DePuydt

Father DePuydt has been assigned pastor of St. Henry Parish, Gresham.

Father Francesco (Marc) DePuydt was born near Detroit in 1976, was raised in Pittsburgh, and finished high school in Denver. After graduating, he moved to Iowa and soon entered the novitiate of a new missionary community that would eventually become the Work of Jesus the High Priest. He was ordained in 2003 in the Holy House of Loreto in Italy. His first permanent assignment was as pastor of the diocesan shrine to St. Theresa of Lisieux, in Chamizo, Uruguay, where he served for three and a half years. He was then posted for eleven and a half years to Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, where he served as pastor until September of 2021.

Fr. David Gutmann

Father Gutmann has been assigned pastor of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Scappoose.

Father Gutmann, born in 1955, graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1974. He received a bachelor’s degree in music from Portland State University in 1978, and a master’s degree from Mount Angel Seminary in 1983, the same year he was ordained. His first assignment was as associate pastor at St. Mary Parish in Eugene. He has served at St. Peter and St. Mary parishes, Eugene, St. Mary Cathedral Parish, Portland, St. Anthony Parish, Forest Grove and St. John, Yamhill.

In 2007 he was named pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Beaverton after serving for nine years at Holy Cross Parish in North Portland.

Fr. Theo Lange

Father Lange has been assigned pastor of Shepherd of the Valley Parish in Central Point.

He was born in Salem in 1978. He attended Lane Community College and entered Mount Angel Seminary in 2002, moving on to the Pontifical North American College in Vatican City. He attained a sacred theology bachelor’s degree from the Gregorian University in Rome in 2007. He was ordained in 2009.

He was formation director at Mount Angel Seminary in 2012 when he was named pastor of St. Catherine of Siena in Veneta and chaplain at Marist High School in Eugene. He also serves as chaplain to the Knights of Columbus.

Fr. Robert Wolf

Father Wolf has been assigned pastor of St. Anne Parish, Grants Pass and its missions: Our Lady of the River, Rogue River and St. Patrick of the Forest, Cave Junction.

Father Wolf was born in 1979 in Salem. He graduated from McNary High School in Keizer in 1997. He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Mount Angel Seminary in 2005. He also earned a master’s degree from Mount Angel. He was parochial vicar at Our Lady of the Lake in Lake Oswego in 2012 when he was named administrator (and then pastor) of St. Monica Parish, Coos Bay.

Fr. Joseph Hung Nguyen

Father Nguyen has been assigned pastor of Holy Name Parish, Coquille, and Sts. Ann and Michael Parish, Myrtle Point

Father Joseph Hung Nguyen was born in 1973, in Saigon, Vietnam, and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Portland in 2012 by Archbishop Vlazny. Prior to his seminary studies, Father Nguyen received a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering. He studied at Mount Angel Seminary. His first assignment was at St. Cecilia, Beaverton as parochial vicar. He moved to the same role at St. Anne in Grants Pass before being named parochial vicar at Ascension Parish in Portland in 2016. In 2017 he was named administrator of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Cottage Grove. He most recently has served at St. Elizabeth in Southwest Portland.

Fr. Pius Youn

Father Youn, a Dominican, has been assigned pastor of St. Thomas More Parish in Eugene with responsibilities for campus ministry at the University of Oregon.

Father Pius is a friar of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. Born in South Korea, his family moved to Orange County, California, when he was 9. With a love of electronics and music, he majored in music technology at New York University. He discerned a call to the priesthood and returned to the Diocese of Orange to pursue that, in the course of which he realized his calling was to the Dominican life. He made his solemn profession in 2017 and was ordained in 2018. His first assignment as a priest was to a parish in Anchorage, Alaska. He has served at St. Thomas More previously, as a brother in residence and then as a parochial vicar.

Fr. Juan José Gonzalez

Father Gonzalez of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, has been assigned pastor of St. Matthew Parish in Hillsboro.

Father Gonzalez was born in 1971 in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He took his seminary training at the Residence Teologado de los Misioneros del Espiritu Santo in Tonaia, Jalisco, and his theological studies at the Instituto Teologico Salesiano in Tiaquepaque, Jalisco. Father Gonzalez was ordained for the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit in 2000 by Msgr. Filipe Tejeda, auxiliary bishop of Mexico City and also a member of the missionaries. Since his ordination, Father Gonzalez served as vice rector of the Felix Rougier House of Studies 2000-03 and then as parochial vicar of St. Matthew in Hillsboro. He then served as pastor at St. Matthew for seven years. He was provincial treasurer for his order for 11 years.

Administrators

Fr. Julio Cesar Torres

Father Torres has been assigned administrator of St. John Parish, Yamhill and its mission, San Martin de Porres in Dayton.

Father Torres was born in Cardenas, Tabasco, Mexico, in 1982. He studied at the Major Seminary of Mary Immaculate earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 2004 and a bachelor’s degree in theology in 2007. He earned a master’s degree in divinity from the Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wisconsin, in 2014. He was ordained in 2014 by Archbishop Alexander Sample. He has served at St. John the Apostle Parish, Oregon City, St. Anthony, Tigard, St. Pius X, Portland, St. Joseph, Salem, and St. Henry, Gresham.

Fr. Anthony Galati

Father Galati has been assigned administrator of St. Charles Parish in Northeast Portland.

He grew up in Holy Redeemer Parish in North Portland, graduating from Central Catholic High School and the University of Portland. He was executive director of Mater Dei Radio. He was suddenly single, his marriage annulled, when Maronite Father Jonathan Decker, then pastor of St. Sharbel Parish in Southeast Portland, told him, “I think you should be a priest.” Father Galati, a father of two and a grandfather, discerned a call to the priesthood and was ordained in 2021. He served his pastoral internship at St. James Parish, McMinnville, and has most recently served as parochial vicar at Holy Trinity, Beaverton.

Fr. MacDonald Akuti

Father Akuti of the Apostles of Jesus has been assigned administrator of St. Mary by the Sea Parish in Rockaway.

Father Akuti hails from the Moyo District in the East African country of Uganda. The youngest of nine children, he grew up in a small village overlooking the Nile River. He pursued degrees in philosophy and theology at Apostles of Jesus schools in Nairobi, Kenya. He made his first vows in the religious institute in 2006, final vows in 2010 and became a priest in 2011. Father Akuti has served in seminaries in Moshi, Tanzania, and Bukinda, Uganda. He had his first parish experience at Holy Spirit Parish and St. Mary Magdalen Parish in West Central Los Angeles. He has been serving as parochial vicar at St. Mary by the Sea since 2019.

Fr. Zani Pacanza

Father Pacanza has been assigned administrator of St. James Parish in McMinnville, Good Shepherd Parish in Sheridan and St. Michael Mission in Grand Ronde.

Father Pacanza grew up in Manila, Philippines, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communication at the University of the Philippines-Diliman in 1999. He worked as a writer, producer and reporter for several news and public affairs programs, and then worked for four years as a communications trainer for customer service call center companies in Manila. In 2008, Father Pacanza entered Christ the King Mission Seminary. Three years later, in 2011, he transferred to Mount Angel Seminary and began studying for the Archdiocese of Portland. He was ordained by Archbishop Sample in 2017 and has served as administrator of St. John Parish in Yamhill, and San Martin de Porres Mission in Dayton. His most recent assignment was as parochial vicar at St. James in McMinnville and St. Michael Mission in Grande Ronde.

Fr. Rick LeFaivre

Father LeFaivre has been assigned administrator of St. Monica Parish in Coos Bay.

He was born 1966 in Columbia, Missouri, and moved to Beaverton as a youth. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Lewis and Clark College in 1989. He was baptized a Catholic in 2008 at St. Clare Parish in Southwest Portland and entered Mount Angel Seminary, completing pre-theology courses in 2013. He studied at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, earning a sacred theology baccalaureate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in 2016. He was ordained a deacon at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome in 2017. Father LeFaivre served as a parochial vicar at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Northwest Portland in summer 2018 before returning to Rome to complete a sacred theology license in spiritual theology. He served as a deacon at the University of Mary in Rome. He was ordained by Archbishop Sample in 2018 at St. Mary Cathedral of Immaculate Conception.

He has most recently served as parochial vicar at St. Pius X Parish in Northwest Portland.

Fr. Ronald Nelson

Father Nelson has been assigned administrator of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Veneta. He will remain as pastor of St. Mary Parish in Eugene.

He was born in 1971 in Portland. After graduating from David Douglas High School, he received a bachelor’s degree from Mount Angel Seminary in 2002 and an STB degree at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in 2005. He was ordained in 2007. He served as parochial vicar of St. Anne Parish, Grants Pass, as pastor of Sacred Heart-St. Louis Parish in Gervais, and has been pastor of St. Mary Parish, Eugene, since 2012.

Parochial vicars

Fr. Randy Hoang

Father Hoang has been assigned parochial vicar of St. Cecelia Parish, Beaverton (after Sept. 1).

After graduating from David Douglas High School in 2012, Father Hoang, who grew up worshipping at Our Lady of La Vang Parish, then in Northeast Portland, contacted the archdiocese and was admitted as a seminarian. Father Hoang studied at Mount Angel Seminary and in Rome. Bishop Robert Seeley of Maine ordained him a deacon in 2019 at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican and Archbishop Sample ordained him a priest in 2021 at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. At 27, he was the youngest priest in the archdiocese.

He served as a deacon at Christ the King in Milwaukie; his first assignment as a priest was as parochial vicar at Immaculate Conception Parish in Stayton, St. Catherine of Siena Mission in Mill City, St. Patrick Mission in Lyons and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Scio.

Fr. Charles Zach

Father Zach has been assigned parochial vicar of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego.

Father Zach grew up fourth in a family of 12 on the Winnebago tribal reservation in Nebraska. He attended St. Lawrence Seminary in Wisconsin 1964-65, Benedictine College, Kansas 1966-68, St. John Seminary, Minnesota, 1970-73, with postgraduate work at Creighton and Oregon State. He was ordained in 1973 at St. Michael Abbey, Nebraska, as a Benedictine priest. At St. Michael Abbey, Elkhorn, Nebraska, 1973-2003, he was a gregarious monk who befriended hundreds of people, played golf with even more and taught high school. When the much-admired monk discerned he should serve the church in Oregon, the local newspaper ran a farewell article.

In 2003, Father Zach, then 56, began serving as pastor of both St. Helen, Junction City and St. Rose in Monroe. He was incardinated in the Archdiocese of Portland in 2007 and was named pastor of St. Henry Parish, Gresham in 2009.

Fr. Christopher Siluvairayan

Father Siluvairayan has been assigned parochial vicar of St. Joseph Parish, Salem.

Father Siluvairayan was born in 1973 in the State of Tamil Nadu, India. After completing his seminary studies at the Sacred Heart Major Seminary, Chennai (India), he was ordained in 2001 for the Diocese of Kottar. Since the diocese was later bifurcated, now he belongs to the newly erected Diocese of Kuzhithurai. He has served six parishes as pastor and as financial administrator and managing director to different offices in both Kottar and Kuzhithurai dioceses. Other than his ecclesiastical qualification, he holds master’s degrees in sociology, commerce and business administration.

Fr. Amir Irudayaraj

Father Amir Irudayaraj, a Salesian, has been assigned parochial vicar of St. James Parish, McMinnville/Good Shepherd Parish, Sheridan/St. Michael the Archangel, Grand Ronde (mission).

According to Father Irudayaraj’s Facebook page, he is a Salesian priest from Dindigul, a city in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. He went to St. Mary’s Higher Secondary School in Dindigul and studied at the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome. He worked at the Pius Society of St. Francis de Sales. He most recently worked as principal at Don Bosco Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Egmore, Chennai (India) and lived in Thanjavur (India).

Fr. Augustus Chideraa Duruiheakor

Father Duruiheakor has been assigned parochial vicar of Visitation Parish, Verboort/St. Francis of Assisi, Roy/St. Edward, North Plains.

Father Duruiheakor was born in 1978 and ordained in 2008. He studied canon law at the Catholic Institute of West Africa in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and at St John’s Lateran and Urban University in Rome.

Fr. Stephen Kenyon

Father Kenyon has been assigned parochial vicar of St. Mary Parish in Eugene.

Father Kenyon, born in 1990 in Taichung, Taiwan, grew up in Taiwan and China where his parents were serving as Pentecostal missionaries. When he was a teen, he and his family moved to Portland where he graduated from Lincoln High School in 2009. Father Kenyon went to college at George Fox University in Newberg, preparing to become a math teacher. He became Catholic at St. Matthew Parish in Hillsboro in 2011 and in 2013 entered Mount Angel Seminary. He was ordained in 2019 and has served as a parochial vicar at Shepherd of the Valley, Central Point, since then.

Fr. Joseph Mujaeropiro

Father Mujaeropiro of the Apostles of Jesus has been assigned parochial vicar of St. Anne Parish, Grants Pass and its missions: Our Lady of the River, Rogue River and St. Patrick of the Forest, Cave Junction.

According to an article in the Catholic New York newspaper, Father Mujaeropiro, a native of South Sudan, was ordained to the priesthood for the Apostles of Jesus in 2003. He was named pastor of Holy Family-Blessed Sacrament and St. John Vianney, the Bronx in 2017. He had served as parochial vicar there since 2015.

Fr. Silverino Kwebuza

Father Kwebuza, of the Apostles of Jesus, has been assigned parochial vicar of Shepherd of the Valley Parish, Central Point.

He came to the archdiocese in 2020 after serving as a pastor in the Diocese of Alexandria in Louisiana. A native of Uganda, Father Kwebuza was ordained for the Apostles of Jesus in 1999. He has served at St. Cyril Chapel in Flatwoods, Louisiana, St. Joseph in Colfax, Louisiana, St. Patrick in Montgomery, Louisiana, St. Margaret in Boyce, Louisiana and St. Margaret Mary Chapel in Gorum, Louisiana.

Father Kwebuza was named parochial vicar at St. Luke in Woodburn in 2020.

Fr. Dustin Busse

Father Busse has been assigned parochial vicar of St. Cecelia Parish, Beaverton (summer only).

Father Busse’s ordination is scheduled for June 25 at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

A former electronics technician, Deacon Busse was born and raised in the town of Lebanon, east of Corvallis. He traces the start of his vocation, however, to a moment in St. Patrick Cathedral in Manhattan.

He wrote about sitting in that gothic church. “It was in that moment that I felt a consolation that changed my life. I felt peace, a peace that I didn’t even know I was looking for until I felt it.”

He served as student body president for collegians at Mount Angel Seminary. For graduate theological study, he was sent to the North American College in Rome. Deacon Busse spent a pastoral year as a deacon at Christ the King Parish in Milwaukie.

Fr. Niall O’Riordan

Father O’Riordan has been assigned parochial vicar of St. Henry Parish in Gresham.

An Irish veterinarian who was well known in County Tipperary for his expertise with racehorses, he was ordained in 2017 in the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls in Rome for the Family of Mary Catholic Association.

The Family of Mary was founded to provide spiritual support for Catholics in the Eastern Bloc under Soviet domination. After the fall of communism, the association became a Marian missionary organization.

Father O’Riordan’s first assignment was to the Roma people in Slovakia.

Fr. Joshua Gatus

Father Gatus, a Dominican, has been assigned parochial vicar of St. Thomas More Parish/Campus Ministry, Eugene.

He was born in 1984 in San Francisco to an immigrant Filipino couple. When he was 3, he and his sister moved to the Philippines, where their aunt raised them as Catholics. Father Gatus earned a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from the Pontifical and Royal University of Santo Tomas. He returned to the United States and worked for seven years in clinical laboratory science in Las Vegas. He discerned his vocation and joined the Dominicans in 2014, making solemn vows in 2020. He graduated from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology with master’s degrees in theology and divinity May 2022. Father Gatus’ ordination to the priesthood is scheduled for June 24 at St. Dominic Church in San Francisco. Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, will be celebrant.

Fr. Joseph Selinger

Father Selinger, a Dominican, has been assigned parochial vicar of Holy Rosary Parish, Northeast Portland.

He was born in 1990 and is from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. He attended the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Burnaby, British Columbia, and the Dominican University College in Ottawa, Ontario, and the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California.

His ordination to the priesthood is scheduled for June 24 at St. Dominic Church in San Francisco. Bishop Robert Barron, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, will be celebrant.

Fr. Paul Raftery

Father Paul Raftery, a Dominican, has been assigned parochial vicar of Holy Rosary Parish, Northeast Portland.

He was born and raised in the northern California town of Dixon. Father Raftery earned a master’s degree in divinity at St. Albert’s College in Oakland, California, and was ordained to the priesthood in 1984. His first two assignments were at Newman Centers on the campuses of the University of Arizona in Tucson and the University of Oregon in Eugene. He then began an extended period of parish work in Portland and in Northern California. In 1998 he earned a licentiate degree in the history of liturgy at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley. He served at Holy Family Cathedral in Anchorage 2012-14, then became a chaplain at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula.

Fr. San Mai

Father Mai, a Jesuit, has been assigned parochial vicar of St. Ignatius Parish in Southeast Portland.

He was born in Vietnam in 1967 and came to Portland in 1975. He earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering and an MBA at Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. He worked for 20 years in Silicon Valley in the tech industry. He entered the Society of Jesus in 2011, working as a teaching assistant at Jesuit High School before studying philosophy at Loyola in Chicago. He was missioned to St. Andrew Nativity School in Northeast Portland, where he taught math and science for two years. He earned a master’s degree in divinity at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California, and served as deacon at Our Lady of Lourdes in Oakland, California. He was ordained in 2020 by Archbishop Sample at St. Ignatius, and most recently served as associate pastor at St. Aloysius Parish in Spokane, Washington.

Fr. Mario Rodriguez Garcia

Father Mario Rodriguez has been assigned parochial vicar of St. Matthew Parish, Hillsboro. He is a member of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit.

Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, in 1969, Father Rodriguez entered minor seminary in 1983 in Guadalajara with the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit. He was ordained in 2000 and since then has served as director of vocational promotion, taught high school, and as provincial vicar of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit. For the last eight months he was on sabbatical in the Diocese of Fairbanks.

Priests in residence

Fr. Steve Geer

Father Geer will be in residence at Holy Trinity Parish in Beaverton.

He was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1978 and earned a master’s degree in accounting from Portland State University in 1986. Raised a Presbyterian, he became Catholic in 1997 at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego. He earned his master’s degrees in theology and divinity at Mount Angel Seminary. He served as parochial vicar at St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton, as pastor at Immaculate Conception Parish, Stayton, and most recently as pastor of St. Therese Parish in Northeast Portland.

Fr. Garry Cappleman

Father Cappleman, a Dominican, will be in residence at St. Thomas More Parish in Eugene.

He entered the Dominicans in 1995. He was ordained in 2003. His most recent assignment was as chaplain and campus minister at the University of Oregon and parochial vicar at St. Thomas More University Parish in Eugene.

Other assignments

Fr. Dismas Sayre

Father Dismas Sayre, a Dominican, has been named director of the Dominican Rosary Center in Northeast Portland.

Father Sayre was born in 1968 in Huto Rey, Puerto Rico. He attended high school in Wexford, Pennsylvania, attended the University of Utah 1989-99, and then entered seminary in Oakland. He was ordained a priest in 2008 at for the Western Dominican Province in Oakland. He served as a parochial vicar 2008-11 in Antioch, California; as a chaplain 2011-12 at St. Dominic Priory, Los Angeles; and as parochial vicar at Holy Rosary Parish in Northeast Portland.

Fr. Robert Loughery

Father Loughery has been named superior of the Holy Cross community at the University of Portland.

Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, he is a 1979 graduate of Notre Dame with a degree in architecture. He was ordained in 1989. He served as pastor of the Downtown Chapel in Portland (now St. Andre Bessette Parish), has done campus ministry, served as director of the former André House homeless shelter in Oakland, California, and has been co-director of the Holy Cross Associates program. He most recently has served as rector of Sorin College at Notre Dame.

Fr. José Ugalde

Father Ugalde of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit will live in community at the community’s provincial house. Father Ugalde is the provincial treasurer.

Fr. Jack Krouse

Father Krouse, a Jesuit, will serve in campus ministry on the faculty at Jesuit High School in Southwest Portland.

He grew up in San Jose, California, attending Bellarmine College Preparatory there. He studied history and literature at Harvard University, where he worked part-time in the Office of the President, served as managing editor of the Harvard Political Review and interned one summer at the British Parliament in London. After graduation, he moved to Washington, D.C., where he interned at the White House before serving several years with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. After discerning his call to the priesthood, he served in numerous ministries and earned his master’s degree in divinity at Centre Sèvres, the Jesuit theology and philosophy school of Paris, while serving at the Catholic chaplaincy for the college students of Sciences Po, the political science and diplomatic university of France. He was ordained last year in Spokane.

Fr. Aaron Stettler

Father Aaron Stettler will serve as chaplain at Central Catholic High School in Southeast Portland.

Bishop Ricardo Araya of the Diocese of Cruz del Eje in the province of Córdoba, Argentina, ordained Father Aaron Stettler a priest in the Saint John Society in 2021 in Argentina. Father Stettler’s first Mass was at St. Michael the Archangel in downtown Portland a week later. He is the son of Marty and Jeanie Stettler, parishioners of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Kamiah, Idaho. Father Stettler’s primary ministries have included leading the Newman Center at Portland State University and helping develop a program to deepen the Christian faith of high schoolers in the Portland area.

Fr. Michael Kueber

Father Kueber will serve as assistant in the Office of Pastoral Ministries at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center in Portland.

He was ordained in 2000 by Archbishop Vlazny. Even at that time he was a longtime member of the Brotherhood of the People of Praise. He has served as deacon, pastoral associate and pastor at St. Anne Parish in Gresham.

Fr. Cary Reniva

Father Reniva will take leave to study canon law at the Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.

He was born in 1982 in Guinobatan, Albay, Philippines. He entered Mater Salutis College Seminary in Daraga, Albay, Philippines in 1999. He moved to Oregon, attended Mount Angel Seminary and was ordained in 2009. He was parochial vicar at St. Luke in Woodburn and at Sacred Heart in Medford. His most recent post has been as pastor of St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton.

Fr. Peter Julia

Father Julia will serve as director of vocations for the Archdiocese of Portland.

Father Julia a former rock-climbing instructor and bicycle mechanic, was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1979. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in Texas. Father Julia moved to Portland in 2008, where he had a number of jobs, including coach and salesman, before discerning a call to priesthood. He studied at Mount Angel Seminary and the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He was ordained in 2019. Father Julia served as parochial vicar of Immaculate Conception Parish in Stayton and Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Jordan. He then returned to Rome to earn a master’s in spirituality at the Angelicum but returned to Oregon early due to the pandemic. He completed his studies at the Griffin Center retreat house in Milwaukie. He most recently served as parochial vicar at St. Cecilia in Beaverton.

Official from the Archbishop:

Fr. Hans Mueller

Father Mueller has been appointed pastor of St. Juan Diego Parish in Northwest Portland.

Born in 1982 in Salem, Father Mueller earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. He led retreats for youths in parishes around the western United States, then became youth minister at St. Anne in Grants Pass, working there until entering seminary in 2010. He studied theology at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Pastoral ministry training included Central Catholic High School in Southeast Portland and Regina Coeli Prison in Rome. He participated in an immersion with Catholic Relief Services in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was deacon at St. Mary in Eugene in 2015 and was ordained a priest in 2017. His first priestly assignment was as parochial vicar at Ascension in Southeast Portland. He was parochial vicar at Holy Trinity in Beaverton and in 2021 was named administrator of St. Juan Diego.

Fr. Scott Baier

Father Baier has been appointed pastor of St. Paul Parish in St. Paul.

Father Baier was born in 1978 in Edmonds, Washington. His family moved to the Portland area in 1983 and he graduated from Columbia River High School in 1996. He studied at the University of Washington in Seattle, doing a year’s study in St. Petersburg, Russia. He worked for Catholic Community Services, St. Luke Productions and Safeway before entering Mount Angel Seminary in 2008. His pastoral assignments included St. Philip Benizi Parish in Redland and The Madeleine in Portland. He studied in Mexico and Costa Rica, and went through chaplain training at Swedish Hospital in Seattle. As a deacon he served at St. Alexander in Cornelius and St. Luke in Woodburn. He was ordained in 2015 and served as a parochial vicar at St. Luke in Woodburn and St. Anthony of Padua in Tigard. He was appointed administrator of St. Paul in St. Paul in 2021.

Personal leaves of absence

Fathers Fredy Bonilla and Charles Holden are taking personal leaves of absence.