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  • Heading straight for the books
    It was an end-of-summer outing to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry for Melanie DeBellis and her two youngsters, Rocco, age 7, and Marian, 4. A visit to the gift shop — just to check it out — was part of the day.
  • Drama on first African-American priest opening in Portland
    To characterize Father Augustus Tolton’s life as remarkable is an understatement. 
  • Girls and harassment: How Catholic schools respond
    While schoolyard conflicts are a natural part of growing up, harassment never should be. Yet a large number of young people, girls especially, face some form of harassment during their schoolage years. A national report released this spring by the Associated Press disclosed that during a four-year period, 17,000 cases of harassment were reported in grades K-12. According to a 2011 study by the American Association of University Women, 56 percent of girls in seventh through 12th grades were harassed at school or by a school-related person.
  • 'They killed a man but created a saint,' prelate says of slain priest

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Retired Archbishop Harry J. Flynn was rector of Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, when he got a call in 1979 from an old friend from the seminary, asking if he could visit for a week.

  • The sisters are back
    BRIDAL VEIL — Flames licked within 15 feet of their convent driveway, but the building was untouched. For the second time in 26 years, the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist averted a forest fire racing through the windy Columbia River Gorge.
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  • A Catholic family’s ‘story of resilience’

    “All refugees have a story of resilience.” So Asukulu Songolo began the speech that won him second place in the original composition section for eighth graders at the Valley Catholic Middle School speech tournament last spring.

  • Help for troubled marriages

    The program has helped tens of thousands of couples experiencing difficulty at all levels of marital distress, from disillusionment to deep misery.

WATCH: St. Stephen aims to attract through truth, goodness and beauty
A Southeast Portland parish stands as a witness to tradition in a trendy neighborhood
WATCH: Archdiocese announces grants that tackle poverty at roots
The Catholic Church's anti-poverty arm, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, funds programs that get at the roots of unfair social systems. See scenes from a grants banquet in Portland, Oregon.
WATCH: Portland Pickles reach out to churches and there is a Catholic flavor at the ballpark
At a humble Portland ballpark, there are Catholics all over. The Portland Pickles have a wonderfully whacky name, but deep ideas come into play.
WATCH: A century of faith and fun
St. Anthony Parish in Southeast Portland has adapted over the century to better serve the people, and joy has always been part of the plan
WATCH: Pentecost by smart phone
One in a string of efforts at unity, parish uses an app so all can pray in their language
  • Pastoral priorities III: Marriage and family life
    Most Rev. Alexander Sample
    As we continue this series of columns exploring the pastoral priorities established at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Assembly and refined by the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, we turn next to the priority of marriage and family life. In the wake of two synods of the world’s bishops on this topic, this is clearly a major priority for the whole Church throughout the world.
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