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  • The value of service in adulthood is the topic of a theology session held amid the good will and cheer of a pub. The presentation, sponsored by Jesuit High School, is set for Dec. 10 from 7 – 8:30 p.m. at the Old Market Pub and Brewery, 6959 SW Multnomah Blvd., Portland.

  • Happy anniversary to Holy Names Sisters
    This fall the Sisters of Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in Oregon are celebrating the 70-year and 60-year anniversaries of nine women. This year’s 70-year jubilarians are Sisters Annette Covatta and Mary Noreen O’Leary of Marylhurst. The 60-year jubilarians are Sisters Beverly Miller and Kathleen Kircher, Marylhurst; Sisters Caryl Bastach, Brigid Baumann, and Marilyn Nunemaker, Portland, Sister Janina Kokorowski of Lake Oswego; and Sister Donna Van Laeken, who currently lives in Brush Prairie, Washington.
  • The good and the bad of gene editing

    As with most biomedical advances, the newfound ability to tinker with genes has ethical ups and downs.

    Fixing disease-causing defects in DNA is widely acceptable, not to mention thrilling. But editing genes to enhance or re-design what comes from nature troubles and frightens many ethicists and scientists.

  • Marking 50 years together
    Larry and Nancy Rocha of St. Juan Diego Parish in Northwest Portland celebrated their 50th anniversary Sept. 14.
  • Western Jesuits release names of the credibly accused
    The Jesuits of the western United States on Dec. 7 released the names of priests and brothers who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors since 1950.
  • Students hearing from foes of death penalty
    STAYTON — School by school, Frank Thompson and Ron Steiner are trying to forge a path of logic and moral thinking so young Oregonians can reach a decision on the death penalty.
  • Archbishop to take questions from youths on scandal
    Archbishop Alexander Sample will take questions from young Catholics at a dinner and meeting set for Thursday, Dec. 20, 6 – 9 p.m. at the Father Bernard Youth Center in Mount Angel.
  • WATCH: South coast food box program a ‘marvel’ of compassion
    NORTH BEND — Mike Main grew up in the 1960s near this town on the southern Oregon coast. The house brimmed with nine children. Sometimes, he and his siblings would return home from Coos Catholic School to find their mother anxious because she had no food to cook. Main and his brothers would take the rifle into the hills to shoot a deer.
  • Transgender people are topic of church workshop
    At a recent workshop sponsored by the Archdiocese of Portland, a medical doctor told attendees that Catholics should minister with compassion to transgender individuals but should challenge recent cultural and medical treatment trends, which he believes are driven by ideology rather than science.
  • Working poor get help via teamwork
    BEAVERTON — The Portland Council of St. Vincent de Paul, Holy Trinity Parish here, the nonprofit Feed the Children and Pepsico teamed up before Thanksgiving to provide food and essentials to 800 needy families.
  • EUGENE — There’s still time to help neighbors in need with winter clothing. Catholic Community Services of Lane County is collecting a variety of essentials through Dec. 28. Cold and rain are fierce enemies for individuals and families who are without homes or who lack sufficient clothing and heat resources to remain healthy. 
  • Peace advocates, many Catholic, have held weekly vigil for 15 years
    BEAVERTON — You can set your watch by them. Each Wednesday at 6 p.m., across from the Beaverton Central Library, about 10 people spread out along Southwest Hall Boulevard to hold signs appealing for a nonviolent world.
  • New website for Spanish-language newspaper

    El Centinela, the Spanish language newspaper for western Oregon Catholics, has unveiled an updated website.

    “Today more than half of Catholics in the Archdiocese of Portland are Hispanics,” says Rocío Rios, editor of El Centinela. “It’s a diverse cultural group that nurtures the church.”



  • You can keep supporting your deepest values, even after death. And we’re not just talking about appeals from the heavenly host.

    Giving from a will, trust or other creative financial vehicle can support a charity you loved during life. Along the way, it may even get your name on something.

  • Catholic Charities of Oregon board members express sorrow, anger at clergy sex abuse
    The current chairwoman and past chairman of the Catholic Charities of Oregon Board wrote a letter to supporters last month expressing “regret and outrage” at recent revelations of clergy sex abuse in other parts of the country.
  • My teen has joined the ‘wrong crowd’ — what should I do?
    Has your honor student started hanging with hooligans? Have a budding actress whose new pack of friends smokes packs of cigarettes, or worse? Has your young jock migrated from weightlifters to shoplifters?
  • Monks’ German-Catholic newspaper a growing concern until World War I
    MOUNT ANGEL — Were it not for the St. Josephs-Blatt, Benedictine Sister Mechtilde Fennimore might not exist.
  • Doing God’s work
    LAKE OSWEGO — Colleen Gardner says she and her husband Bill felt a strong kinship with Catholic Charities of Oregon after discovering the extensive range of services offered by the nonprofit.
  • Seminarians seen as ‘part of the solution’
    At the annual Mount Angel Seminary benefit dinner in Portland Nov. 4, no one swept the clergy sex abuse scandal under the rug. Though recent revelations have come mostly on the East Coast, the news has rocked the entire church, said Archbishop Alexander Sample, standing in front of a choir of more than 100 seminarians.
  • 2020 Catholic Media Conference set for Portland
    The Archdiocese of Portland, the Catholic Sentinel and El Centinela have been chosen to host the 2020 Catholic Media Conference. More than 200 Catholic journalists and communications professionals will come to Portland June 29-July 2, 2020, for speakers, workshops, prayer — and likely a trip to the food carts.
  • The power of mercy
    Charlotte Dorsey, a longtime volunteer with the St. Vincent de Paul Society through Our Lady of the Mountain Parish in Ashland, works to see Christ in the people she helps. “And as we go out, we’re being Christ to others, at least the best we know how. I like thinking about that going on around the world.”
  • Family-owned funeral home averts institutional gloom

    ROY — They put the home back in funeral home.

    Aaron and Elizabeth Duyck operate Duyck & VanDeHey from their large house on Roy Road, a half-mile south of St. Francis Church here and hollering distance from the farm started by the Duyck family in 1907.



  • Archbishop blesses senior living site
    Archbishop Alexander Sample joined residents, team members and guests at Touchmark in the West Hills for a gala celebrating the opening of the retirement community. Archbishop Sample shared comments about the importance and benefit of living in community with others and offered a blessing for all who live, work and visit there.
  • Volunteers for Christmas Festival of Lights
    The Grotto is seeking volunteers for its 31st annual Christmas Festival of Lights, which runs Friday, Nov. 23 – Sunday, Dec. 30.
  •  ‘God gave me a great arm’

    Fifty years ago, a Catholic kid from St. Patrick Parish in Northwest Portland took the baseball world by storm.

    Mickey Lolich, a child of the Croatian community that peopled Slabtown, pitched and won three games for the Detroit Tigers in the 1968 World Series win over the defending champion St. Louis Cardinals. The left-handed 1954 graduate of Cathedral School and Lincoln High School threw on short rest, winning Game 7 over legendary St. Louis flamethrower Bob Gibson.

  • A look at the future of fighting homelessness in western Oregon

    A few years ago, a young man came to Catholic Charities Oregon desperate for help. He’d been living on the streets, was addicted to drugs and his girlfriend was pregnant.

    The agency, long on the frontlines fighting poverty and homelessness in the state, did what it’s done for the past 85 years: express Gospel-centered love through practical support.

  • The nation cherished its old soldiers
    Father J.M. O’Farrell gave Henry Keeley an eloquent sendoff. April 24, 1923, emerged as a classic damp morning outside St. Rose Church in Northeast Portland. In the aisle lay the flag-draped casket holding the mortal remains of Keeley, an 80-year-old veteran of the Civil War.
  • Election results: Abortion funding ban soundly rejected
    For pro-lifers in Oregon, Measure 106 was years in the making. So for them, the result of the Nov. 6 election was a major disappointment. The measure, which would have prohibited state funding of elective abortion, was defeated by a 64-36 percent margin.
  • Multnomah County Library children’s show criticized

    The New York-based Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights has lit into the Multnomah County Library for hosting a children’s hour with drag queens who dress as flamboyant nuns.

    On Oct. 23, the Hillsdale Library hosted “Drag Queen Storytime with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence” for children ages 2 to 6.

  • Wills can prevent family fractures after a death

    Will you, or won’t you?

    In Charles Dickens’ 1853 novel “Bleak House,” a lawsuit drags on for years, ruining a family. The enduring trouble erupted because of lack of clarity in a man’s last will and testament.



  • Portland Serra Club honors Sisters

    Following a 32-year tradition, the Serra Club hosted Sisters from throughout western Oregon at the Double Tree Hotel in Northeast Portland to affirm their vocational call and thank them for their service. 


  • Washington ruling on the death penalty energizes Oregon movement

    The end of the death penalty in Washington state could spark a similar outcome in neighboring Oregon, say leaders of the local abolition movement.

    “Clearly, both Washington and Oregon have a conflicted and reluctant history with the death penalty,” said Lynn Strand, a member of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Lake Oswego and vice chairwoman of the board of Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. Strand points to both moral and fiscal reasons that Northwesterners want to nix executions.


  • St. Vincent de Paul has 800 vouchers for families to get the food boxes.
  • Life Chain held
    About 100 peaceful pro-life advocates waved to drivers and held signs, some of which promoted Measure 106, a ballot initiative that would end taxpayer funding of elective abortions.
  • Día de los Muertos: Its origins and traditions
    The celebration of Día de los Muertos, or “Day of the Dead” as it is called in English, is for Catholics the commemoration of the faithful dead. It is celebrated by many in the Mexican community as well as some in the Latino and Anglo communities, and coincides with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day.
  • Seniors saving for the gift of life
    “Experts typically recommend trying to accumulate at least $1 million,” noted a recent piece on CNBC about saving for retirement. With encouragement like this, who needs discouragement?
  • Tiny homes on the farm
    CARLTON — Rock ’n’ roll blares from speakers as a man wields a circular saw that bites into lumber in a shop at Blanchet Farm. The half-built tiny home just outside is on its way to becoming whole. 
  • Rosendo Cid Ramos, a member of St. John the Baptist Parish in Milwaukie who was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers Sept. 19, has been released on $25,000 bail. Friends, family and strangers posted the amount after hearing that the active, popular parishioner was in need.
  • A woman religious spent 40 years living in community with people with disabilities — they transformed her
    More than four decades ago, St. Joseph Sister Sue Mosteller moved into a house of people with developmental disabilities in Toronto. She planned to help them. Little did she know.
  • You can’t take it with you: How poverty affects burial
    Death may be the great equalizer, but for the poor, access to burial services can be far from equitable. Those living in poverty face not only grief but also an overwhelming financial burden and in a few cases the inability to practice one of the most basic human rituals: seeing a loved one laid to rest.
  • Oregonians win national awards in Catholic Daughters of the Americas contest

    “We haven’t seen as many national education contest winners from Oregon as we have now,” said Lorayne Zimmerman, state chairwoman of education for Oregon’s Catholic Daughters of the Americas.

    Four national winners of the annual competition hail from the Archdiocese of Portland. Their entries — an essay, poems, computer art and a photo — first competed on the local CDA court level with a field of 100 others. All local first place winners competed statewide, then went on to national.

  • Migrants: The divine imperative
    God crossed the border from divinity to humanity, sparking a divine imperative that we stand in solidarity with those migrating in the world, a theologian said during Portland talks Oct. 3-4.
  • The Oregon Catholic Historical Society will meet Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Proto-Cathedral of St. James, 218 W 12th St., in Vancouver, Washington. The day includes a presentation covering early area Catholic history and a tour of the 1885 church
  • Catholics on both sides of Measure 105
    On Nov. 6, Oregonians will decide the fate of the state’s 31-year-old sanctuary law. A “yes” vote on Measure 105 would repeal the law, which says no law enforcement agency can use its money, equipment or personnel for detecting or apprehending people whose only violation is being in the country unlawfully.
  • Abortion funding ban gets official encouragement

    Catholic leaders are asking Oregonians to approve Measure 106, a grassroots ballot initiative that would limit taxpayer funding of elective abortions. 

    “Our public tax dollars should be used to truly support women and families in need and not to pay for the irreversible and harmful effects of abortion,” Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample wrote in a letter read at western Oregon parishes last weekend. “Oregonians should no longer be forced to pay for elective, late-term and even sex-selective abortions.”

  • WATCH: CYO annual dinner boosts spirits
    There were a few tears amid the laughter and inspiration on offer at the Oct. 9 Champions of Faith dinner, CYO/Camp Howard’s annual fundraising bash at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. 
  •  Portland mayor serves at Blanchet House
    What may have looked like a simple meal being served was a prayer answered for 436 homeless and low-income Portlanders on Sept. 24.

    “Thank you,” a lunch guest at the Blanchet House said to Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler as he set a plate of pasta, apples and salad in front of her. The mayor and his staff volunteered plating food and bussing tables.
  •  University of Portland implements ‘radical changes’ to create safer environment
    The push nationwide to bring the pervasive reality of sexual assault and harassment to light has sustained momentum over the past year. As the Catholic Church reckons with new revelations of past clergy sexual abuse, the #MeToo movement continues to underscore the scope of sexual misconduct and the accompanying anger and pain. 
  • Harrington named new Blanchet House board president
    The Blanchet House board of directors has unanimously appointed Emily Harrington to serve as its interim president. Harrington has served on the board for five years in various roles including vice president and chair of the program committee.
  • Medford tiny house village expanding

    MEDFORD — It’s one of Medford’s newest gated communities.

    A year after it opened, a tiny house project funded in part by the Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Small Grants Program is full and ready for expansion.


  • An active volunteer at St. John the Baptist Parish in Milwaukie was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers Sept. 19. Rosendo Cid Ramos is being held in Tacoma, Washington.
  • Parishes, individual Catholics urged to consider sharing property
    A vision of parishes and parishioners opening their houses for homeless Portlanders emerged during a recent discussion among Catholic and civic leaders.
  • Time to order your 2019 Oregon Catholic Directory

    From the editor

    Whether you like pages in your hands, or a PDF file you can access with computer or smartphone, this 236-page document offers information you can’t find elsewhere about pastoral center offices, parishes, clergy, religious, schools, helping agencies and Catholic organizations.

  • Tuesday Topics at the Grotto
    Tuesday topics at the Grotto takes place at 2 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month with Servite Father Richard Boyle at the Grotto's Visitor Center Theater. 
  • A grab bar can serve quality life