Greg Pashley
Greg Pashley
Three local Catholics were ordained permanent deacons Saturday, Oct. 26, at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.

Greg Pashley, 49, was assigned to St. Agatha Parish in Southeast Portland where he and his wife Christine and children Theo, 14, and Justine, 12, are longtime members.

Pashley, a lieutenant in the Portland Police, holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Portland and a master’s in catechesis from Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia.

Pashley has been involved at St. Agatha in many roles, including on the school board. Theo is a regular server at Mass.

Despite an early interest and involvement in the music scene and a band, Pashley gave that up when he discerned it was taking time that God was asking of him.

Pashley helped establish a men’s retreat for St. Agatha parishioners and fellow police officers.

Rolly Perez, 55, was born in Manila, the Philippines. He and wife Arcie wed in 1989 and have three children, 29-year-old Rocielle, 22-year-old Allison and 20-year-old Justin. Perez was assigned to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Aloha, where he and his family have long been active, especially in music ministry. He holds a master’s in theology from the Augustine Institute in Denver.

Perez came to the United States permanently in 1993. He worked multiple jobs as an immigrant supporting a family. He says he was fortunate to have an employer who was willing to provide training in a medical lab, work he still does today.

For both Rolly and Arcie, joining Couples for Christ in 2003 was instrumental in bringing them closer to the church and deepening their spiritual lives.

James Thurman, 42, was assigned to St. Paul Parish in Silverton. He and wife Kathleen have three children — 9-year-old Isaac, 8-year-old Ava and newborn Maximilian.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s in theology, both from Mount Angel Seminary.

Thurman has been deeply involved in the church all his life. After an overseas tour in the U.S. Army, he entered seminary and tried monastic life with the Benedictines before discerning that he was called to married life. Thurman considers his earlier experiences critical in his formation as a husband and father.

He works now as a hospice chaplain. He says that bringing Christ, and Christ’s peace, to the those who are dying is a gift to his own spirituality.

The three men spent a week earlier this month on retreat at Mount Angel Abbey.