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  • CYO helped convert take the plunge

    “Sport trains body and spirit for perseverance, effort, courage, balance, sacrifice, honesty, friendship and collaboration,” said St. John Paul II during a 1984 homily at the Olympic stadium in Rome.

    And, sometimes, sports lead people home.




  • Catholic hospital systems renew commitment to community health
    When Cynthia, a single mom living in Portland’s suburbs, lost her job, she didn’t know where to turn. She found her way to a community resource desk at Providence Medical Center and learned about an apartment that she was able to move into fairly quickly. Now that she knew about the resource desk, she returned to the hospital for advice after she moved into the unit, which was clean but bare.
  • Seven-day walk set to protest immigrant detention, deportation

    Members of faith groups and immigrants are teaming up for a seven-day march between two Oregon sites that are used for federal immigration enforcement.

    The walk, Sept. 30-Oct. 6, will proceed from Sheridan Federal Detention Facility to the Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility in The Dalles, both places where immigrants and refugees are being held before hearings and possible deportation. Walkers will demand an end to zero-tolerance immigration policy.



  • ‘God is foremost for Pat Casey’
    Pat Casey is so Catholic that the University of Notre Dame tried to get him to coach their baseball squad and offered some serious money. But Casey is so dedicated to Oregon State University and his family that he refused the offer, even while it might have been a dream for this member of St. Mary Parish in Corvallis.
  • New Marist-hosted program helps homeless children read, dream
    EUGENE — The drowsy cadence of “Goodnight Moon,” the drama of “Narnia,” and the everyday pests and life puzzles captured by Beverly Clearly are beloved chapters of childhood. Letters on a page are also a portal to facts about bugs and planets and the captivating lives of explorers and revolutionaries. Learning of all sorts is unequivocally bound to books and the ability to read.
  • WATCH: Mary’s Woods expansion takes village form

    LAKE OSWEGO — Workers are building a fresh neighborhood on land owned by the Sisters of the Holy Names.

    Due to open in phases during 2019, the new section of Mary’s Woods senior living complex will make room for about 450 more residents, leaving the convent grounds with a total of 900 seniors joining dozens of retired women religious



  • PeaceHealth lauded for worker well-being
    Catholic health provider PeaceHealthhas been ranked No. 3 in the Portland Business Journal’s list of healthiest employers of Oregonfor organizations with 5,000 or more workers. This is the second year in a row PeaceHealth has been honored for encouraging the health and wellness of its employees, and its highest ranking yet.
  • New Providence CEO named
    Longtime Providence leader Lisa Vance has been named chief executive for Providence Health & Services in Oregon. Vance replaces Dave Underriner, who took a position in Hawaii last April.
  • PeaceHealth has first lay board chair
    VANCOUVER, Wash. – The PeaceHealth board of directors has chosen Karl Carrier as new chairman. Carrier will succeed St. Joseph Sister Andrea Nenzel, who will remain as vice chair. The appointment of Carrier marks the first time the PeaceHealth board chair position is held by a lay leader.
  • Former University of Portland president listed in grand jury clergy sex abuse report
    A past president of the University of Portland, Holy Cross Brother Raphael Wilson, is listed in the recently released grand jury report investigating the widespread sexual abuse of children within Pennsylvania dioceses and the systemic cover-up by senior church officials.
  • Jesuit schools: Seeking God in all things
    Before one of the most intellectually formidable religious orders and powerful spiritualities spread across the globe, the man behind them — a former playboy named Ignatius — formed a close circle of friends. The group included such holy tours de force as Sts. Francis Xavier and Peter Faber.
  • Church activities curtailed by smoke

    MEDFORD — Catholic churches and homes in Southern Oregon are safe so far amid wildfires, but persistent smoke has suppressed activities — and spirits.

    “It is horrible. It is absolutely grim,” said Ann Brophy, pastoral associate at Sacred Heart Church in Medford.

  • Immigration a moral matter, not a legal one
    During an Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass in 2016 at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Northwest Portland, Archbishop Alexander Sample told the church full of immigrants: “It does not matter to me from where you have come, when you came, or whether you have the proper documents or not. You are loved.”
  •  As homelessness surges, Blanchet House ministry is all the more vital
    Valerie grew up in Montana on the Flathead Indian Reservation.  Montana's unemployment rate — 4 percent — is one of the lowest in the nation, but joblessness remains a persistent problem across tribal communities with three or four times more people out of work than elsewhere.
  • Abortion campaign waged with information

    “If abortion is a personal choice, why should it be funded by our tax dollars?”

    That’s the question headlining the Facebook page of Oregon’s new Yes on Measure 106 campaign. The measure, which will be on the November ballot, would ban public spending on abortion. Oregon is one of only 17 states that allows such expenditures and has the nation’s most permissive abortion laws.



  • RiverBend awarded for beauty

    SPRINGFIELD — PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend ranked sixth in a national contest to determine the most beautiful hospitals in the United States. 


  • Put me in coach, I’m ready to play

    Baseball is a microcosm of America. The time-honored sport, a part of our history, has shaped our culture and our children for decades. Baseball requires a unique level of discipline, but as with all sports it combines athleticism and brain power. 

    Since the inaugural 2015 season, Catholic Youth Organization baseball has kept up the tradition.



  • Faith is the root of this family tree

    MOUNT ANGEL — One family with many members in Oregon celebrates its Catholic roots to the full.

    More than 400 descendants of brothers Joseph and Wilhelm Sander gathered at the Octoberfest Festhalle here for what the clan calls Sander Summerfest. 

  • A Brookings electrician works to make life better in one of the world’s most dangerous cites
    BROOKINGS — In 2004, Tim Stadelman got a chance join other Catholics to help build homes in the Central American nation of Honduras. Stadelman, a member of Star of the Sea Parish and a local electrician, thought it would be a good experience for his two oldest teenage daughters, Ann and Suzie.
  • Catholic Charities shifts to long-term refugee work
    As federal spending cuts and cautious policy mean that fewer refugees are coming to Oregon, Catholic Charities has extended its work with refugees who are already here.
  • New energy for prison ministry

    EUGENE — As part of the Archdiocese of Portland’s efforts to bring new energy to prison ministry, St. Paul Parish here hosted a forum Aug. 25.

    Even those who don’t feel ready to set foot in a jail can take part from their living rooms as a pen pal with a Catholic inmate. Letter writing can fulfill Jesus’ request in Matthew 25, “in prison and you visited me,” said Linda Showman, project consultant for Catholic corrections ministry in western Oregon.

  • Sacred Heart recognized for stroke care

    SPRINGFIELD — PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend has received national recognition for its success with stroke patients.

    This marks the seventh consecutive year the RiverBend stroke team earned the honor from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.

  • WATCH: ‘Things need to change’

    Recently revealed clergy sex abuse may have happened decades ago, but the pain endures for victims and survivors. That was the message from Archbishop Alexander Sample during an emotional homily Aug. 26 at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland.

  • Wheelchair for a vet
    William Lee Oswald, a military veteran who lives in St. Helens, now enjoys an electric chair delivered by retired Army Sgt. Bernard Offley, head of the Catholic War Veterans of Oregon.
  • PeaceHealth partners up
    SPRINGFIELD — PeaceHealth, a health system founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, is partnering with Lane County Public Health on a new pneumonia vaccine initiative that aims to improve health while reducing medical costs.
  • Fr. José Ortega Tejeda MSpS
    HILLSBORO — Missionary of the Holy Spirit Father José de Jesús Ortega Tejeda, 80, died Aug. 23 at his home and surrounded by family and his brothers. His body is lying in repose 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at St. Matthew Church. There will be a vigil prayer service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, at St. Matthew Church, and a recitation of the rosary at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 29, followed by a funeral Mass at 11 a.m., both also at St. Matthew Church. A noon reception will follow the Mass. Father Ortega’s cremated remains will be at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Oxnard, California, Thursday, Sept. 6, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a Eucharist celebration at that church at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7., followed by a Rite of Christian Burial at the Santa Clara Cemetery in Oxnard at 12:45 p.m.
  • Fr. Scott Vandehey
     A priest who was known as a hardworking pastor and who also wrote a book about Dutch Catholics in Oregon died early Aug. 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption. Father Scott Vandehey, 78, a resident of Beaverton died at Providence St. Vincent’s in Portland, Oregon. There was a funeral Mass at Visitation Church in Verboort. Archbishop Alexander Sample presided. A rosary precedes the funeral. A graveside service at St. Francis of Assisi cemetery in Roy followed.
  • Urban parishes answer call to fill city’s housing gap

    Life taught Libra Forde an important lesson. HOPE means “Hang On. Pain Ends.”

    Forde told her story of overcoming domestic violence and homelessness as a single mom at the Community of Hope Gala, held at the University of Portland. She credited agencies like Community of Hope for helping her overcome challenges and providing an environment where her children could heal. Forde has become a leader in the community and the chief operating officer of Self Enhancement Inc. She challenged the audience to support Community of Hope.



  • ‘Life-saving grace’: New program combines Catholic faith with 12 steps

    They sat calmly, took turns sharing their week’s journey and passed around a can for donations. The early August gathering was orderly, far from the messy reality that brought and bound them together.

    “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

  • '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.