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  • The Tualatin Valley Vicariate Oct. 6-8 puts on its second annual Youth on Fire rally for teens and young adults. 
    Taking a page from political debate, the theme is “Fake News vs. the Good News: Discerning and Witnessing the Truth of the Gospel in the Secular World.”
    Set at St. Anthony Parish in Forest Grove, Friday is for young adults, Saturday for middle schoolers and Sunday for high school students. 
  • Secular Franciscans mark 25 years of regional unity
    This summer, Secular Franciscans of the Pacific Northwest celebrated 25 years for their regional fraternity. A gathering of the order, made up of laity and diocesan priests who live and work in the world, took place at Our Lady of Peace Retreat House in Beaverton.  
    The Secular Franciscan Order was founded by St. Francis in the 13th century. And it is an order, not a lay apostolate. St. Francis didn’t regard the group as lesser than the friars who gathered around him or the women who joined St. Clare, says Evelyn Brush, a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Southeast Portland and newly elected minister of the local fraternity of the Secular Franciscans.
  • Lake Oswego mom seeks pledges to pray for life during upcoming marathon
    Lindsay Caron has run in races and participated in triathlons for the past 15 years. The upcoming Portland Marathon Oct. 8 will be her fourth full marathon. And this year, she’s running for life.
    “I always run better when I run for a cause,” wrote the stay-at-home mom of two little boys in an email.
  •  Homes on former Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon land
    Almost a third of the massive South Hillsboro housing development will be built on ground once owned by the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon. 
    About 20,000 people are expected to live within the 1,400-acre project, the largest planned residential development in Oregon history. In the mix is a 476-acre farm donated by bequest to the religious community in 1957. 
  • BEAVERTON — Celebrating and fostering vocations to the priesthood and religious life will be the theme of a Mass and dinner set for St. Cecilia Parish Saturday, Oct. 14. The 5 p.m. Mass that evening will have Archbishop Alexander Sample as main celebrant and senior priests of the archdiocese as concelebrants. Seminarians will be liturgical ministers and will greet parishioners after Mass. 
  • Holy Land pilgrimage set
    Newly ordained Father Zani Pacanza is serving at St. James Parish in McMinnville. That’s where he’ll stay until assigned elsewhere, but at the start of 2018, he leads an 11-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land. 
    The group will go to Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee, Capernaum and Tel Aviv and visit holy sites including the Via Crucis, the site of the Last Supper, Gethsemane, the Dormition and the Church of the Nativity. 
  • Doyle literary remembrance slated
    Oregon’s Catholic writer Brian Doyle will be remembered by his literary pals at a celebration set for Thursday, Sept. 21, 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church in downtown Portland. Doyle, who died of brain cancer in May, was a Sentinel columnist, editor of Portland magazine and author of essays and novels. 
  • A 2012 survey by the American Association of Retired Persons found that 9 in 10 seniors intend to live in their current homes for the next five to 10 years. The same investigation revealed that among Americans 70 and older, only 43 percent find it very easy to live independently. 
  • SPRINGFIELD — Catholic Community Services now offers immigration legal services in Lane County. Help for lower-income immigrants hoping to normalize their status is available in English and Spanish. Lise Colgan, a worker at the Springfield Community Service Center, will meet with immigrants and send their cases to legal staff in Portland. 
  • ‘A full-circle moment’ for coach and former CYO player
    If Catholic Youth Organization programs are intended to cultivate a love of athletics, enduring friendships and sportsmanship, Julie Taylor and Colleen O’Bryant are proof they do just that. 
  • Providence Foundations of Oregon announced a $2 million gift from Columbia Sportswear President and CEO Tim Boyle and his wife, Mary, to Providence Heart Institute. The money will aid research and analysis. 
    Tim Boyle’s father, Neal Boyle, died from a sudden heart attack in 1970 at age 47. 
  • Oregon team at National Black Catholic Congress
    Thousands of black Catholic adults, teens, religious and clergy gathered in Orlando, Florida, in early July for the National Black Catholic Congress.  
    One session explored unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, and the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Delegates, who filled the room so that many had to stand, heard the lessons learned and got a rundown on best practices. 
  • Former Central Catholic star says OSU’s goal is a bowl
    If Oregon State football is going to pick up where it left off last year, Ryan Nall needs to pick up where he left off.
    The former Central Catholic star ended last football season in legendary fashion, scoring four touchdowns to lead Oregon State to a 34-24 win over Oregon. The in-state rivalry game, nicknamed the “Civil War,” has been played every year since 1894. It was the Beavers’ first win over the Ducks since 2007. 
  • New adviser for Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women
    The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women recently changed spiritual advisers. After more than a dozen years, Father Charles Zach, pastor of St. Henry Parish in Gresham, has resigned from the position. ACCW board members say they will miss the priest’s sage advice and insightful reflections at meetings. 
    Archbishop Alexander Sample has approved the appointment of Sister Michael Francine Duncan, a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon, as the new spiritual adviser. Sister Michael, vocation director and counselor for her order, previously was an administrator for CYO/Camp Howard, a motherhouse superior and a teacher. 
  • Dozens of fires ravaging forests from the Washington border south to the California border left the region in a haze of smoke and forced the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist to evacuate the Bridal Veil Center near Corbett, at the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge. A number of parishioners in southern Oregon also have evacuated their homes and some schools are altering their schedules to mitigate the effects of poor air quality.
  • Portland rallies support young immigrants
    Several hundred immigrant supporters gathered at Portland State University Sept. 5, followed by almost 1,000 that evening outside Portland’s federal building. It was all in opposition to the Trump administration’s move to end deportation protection for immigrants brought without authorization into the United States as children. 

  • The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women held its district meeting this spring at St. John the Baptist Parish in Milwaukie. The gathering included reports, Mass and a potluck.
    Virginia Durrin, district president, opened the meeting with a prayer and flag salute. Parish representatives reported on their events, and Marianne Prom of St. John the Baptist displayed a T-shirt — with the word “Welcome” in several languages — which was being sold as a fundraiser. Members discussed plans to attend the Portland celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Our Lady of Fatima apparitions, held at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. 
  • Great memories made at Camp Howard
    Do you corcl? Ask any kid who went to Camp Howard this summer and the answer is likely a resounding “YES!” 
    Corcls are round, shallow, durable boats and along with pedal kart racers, are the newest additions to the list of activities available for campers. After adding a giant swing and zip line (for campers ages 13 and up) and laser tag (for campers 11 and older) last year, camp staff decided to focus on new activities for younger campers. If the tire wear on the pedal karts and the excited shrieks from the pond are any indication, both activities were a hit.
  • Students interview couples about the sacrament of matrimony and lived experience

    HILLSBORO — This summer, some families at St. Matthew Parish are still thinking about a project carried out at the end of the last school year. 

    In seventh-grade religion class, students were studying the sacrament of matrimony. Their teacher, Leandra Wolf, asked them to interview a married person about the sacrament’s celebration and importance in their lives. 

  • A decade after Archdiocese of Portland’s bankruptcy
    In Boston 15 years ago, news broke that multiple priests had committed child sexual abuse. That prompted investigations and lawsuits across the country. 
    A decade ago this summer, a prayer service took place in Portland’s St. Mary Cathedral. It marked a conclusion of the Archdiocese of Portland bankruptcy, which had been caused by claims from almost 180 accusers. At the service, this was one of the prayers of the faithful: “We have chosen to save face rather than save children. We have been silent when the truth needed to be spoken. We ask for mercy, Lord.”
  • Faith reclaimed: How survivors of clergy abuse return to the church

    Revealed to her in the middle of the night, they were singsongy, bewildering and horrifying. 

    The poems would total more than 50 — composed from memories she at first could not understand. 

    They were a “nice and tidy way for little Patsy Jane to tell her story,” said Patsy Seeley during an interview in her North Plains home. With them, said the 67-year-old, came “an overwhelming sense of evil and darkness.”

  • Corvallis Catholic Daughters of the Americas marks jubilee
    CORVALLIS — The Catholic Daughters of the Americas here celebrated their golden jubilee June 25. Members served as liturgical ministers at a Mass at St. Mary Church and then received a blessing. 
  • A recent graduate of Jesuit High School drowned in the Columbia River Aug. 2, despite attempts by friends to save him. John Walker, 18, was trying to swim from a boat to the shore of Sauvie Island.
    Walker’s funeral was held Aug. 6 at Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church in Portland, with many of his classmates on hand. 
    At Jesuit, he helped lead retreats and played football and baseball. 
  •  Pastoral Center staff provide water during heat wave
    During Oregon’s early August heat wave, a crew from the Archdiocese of Portland Pastoral Center collected bottled water and went into the sweltering streets to hand it out to homeless residents. 
    With temperatures topping 100 degrees for two days straight, staying hydrated kept people on the streets from serious harm. People received the cold drinks with joy as the staffers walked for more than two hours. 
  • Rosary Bowl is Oct. 7
    The 11th annual Rosary Bowl is set for Saturday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Pavilion in Salem. Special focus this year is the centennial of Our Lady of Fatima.
  • Portland Catholic Brian Willis, an attorney who helps human trafficking victims, was in Myanmar this spring where he met with three organizations that work with women in prostitution. One clinic reported that many mothers die during pregnancy and that some of the children have serious health problems.
  • Venerable church a natural place to view heavens
    ST. PAUL — Hundreds of solar eclipse viewers on Aug. 21 watched the sky grow dim and then witnessed the spectacular dancing white corona of the sun’s edge from alongside Oregon’s oldest Catholic church.
  • Portland woman addresses Irish lawmakers on life matters
    A Portland woman in late June addressed Irish lawmakers and July 1 spoke before a large rally in Dublin, urging prohibition against screening that prompts parents to abort unborn children with Down syndrome. 
    Karen Gaffney, a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy who has the genetic condition, said lives like hers are worthwhile. 
  •  Sisters ran school for Japanese immigrants
    In November 1941, children of St. Paul Miki School in Portland led a ceremony during which they raised a collection of United States flags. The stars and stripes had been gifts of the students’ fathers. 
    By the next month, the patriotic men and their families were under suspicion and in April 1942 were forced into detention camps. The school closed, never to open again.
  • Father Buckley dies at 86

    In Portland on Aug. 15, the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dominican Father Gerald Albert Buckley died. It was 62 years to the day after he professed vows in his religious community. 

  • Management expert tells Catholic leaders they must be willing to get uncomfortable

    “Blessed are the nice.”

    Many well-intentioned people who serve the church insert this ninth beatitude into their work — to the detriment of their ministry. Effective leadership instead is based on radical love, which is grounded in trust, does not eschew conflict and allows for commitment, accountability and, ultimately, results. 

  • The conference, which includes the state’s Catholic bishops, says House Bill 3391 “forces insurance companies to cover abortion on demand and it forces all Oregon taxpayers to help finance an extremist abortion agenda that does not enjoy majority support.”

  • Traffic engineers at the Oregon Department of Transportation, a few end-of-the-world groups and possibly ophthalmologists around the state are talking about the total eclipse of the sun on Monday morning, Aug. 21, in apocalyptic terms. Catholics need not join in.
  • Important clarification
    If viewers use the pinhole-in-a-box method, they should allow the light coming through the hole to shine onto a piece of paper. Looking through the hole at the sun could cause serious eye damage.
  • St. Mary’s grads fall to deaths on Mount Hood
    Two St. Mary’s Academy graduates reportedly fell to their deaths off a Pacific Crest Trail cliff on Mount Hood Saturday, Aug. 12.

  • Even when you want change in life, transition often is difficult. The Northwest Catholic Counseling Center in Northeast Portland offers a workshop on the topic Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m.-noon. 
  • Archdiocese announces grants that tackle poverty at roots

    “I didn’t have any idea of gardening, and Huerta told me everything about it, and now we grow our own organic food,” says Catalina Angeles. Angeles’ 7-year-old daughter has grown up gardening and is keen on eating fruits and vegetables.

    The family is part of Huerta de la Familia, a Eugene community garden education cooperative that received a $7,500 grant this year from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, CCHD for short.


  • Catholic Charities-operated tiny houses are big gift to homeless women
    Martice Bauersfeld takes a drag on her cigarette and flicks the ash away from the welcome mat beneath her feet. 

    Behind her is an open door revealing a full laundry basket and a cat litter box for the scrawny kitten she’s adopted. She pauses mid-sentence as a woman shouts angrily a few yards away. Bauersfeld smiles.

    “We sometimes clash and aren’t all on the same page, but we are still trying to get to know each other, learning people’s stories,” says Bauersfeld. “I feel so fortunate to be here.”

    The open door, the stoop, the sitting down to chat — they are all new and valued pieces of a life that’s moved off the streets and into an unusual community in North Portland. 
  • SB 494 dies in committee
    SALEM — After passing out of the Oregon Senate June 8, Senate Bill 494 failed to pass through the legislature’s House chamber. The bill, which would have modified the state’s advance directive, was said by opponents to strip away protections from being starved or dehydrated to the point of death for mentally incompetent but conscious Oregonians.
  •  Ignite Your Torch Northwest conference sparks young people's faith
    LACEY, Washington — Approximately 250 young adults from Oregon, Washington, Utah and Canada converged onto the campus of St. Martin’s University July 6-9 for the fifth annual Ignite Your Torch Northwest conference.

    More than 30 religious brothers and sisters from orders across the country, in addition to several priests from the Portland and Seattle archdioceses, joined youths for the four-day event. The conference featured workshops, keynotes, recreation and adoration, in which the religious played a pivotal role.
  • Catholics, evangelicals get closer
    A Portland Catholic hopes his friendship with a local evangelical pastor will set off a burst of creativity that will lead to more effective evangelization in Oregon. 

  • Residence for archbishops moved
    When further research this spring revealed that building a new house for the archbishops of Portland would be too costly, Archbishop Alexander Sample changed course. The archdiocese bought an existing home near St. Pius X Parish in Northwest Portland.
  • Catholics pledge against death penalty

    A national organization is urging Catholics to do what it takes to halt the death penalty — including in Oregon.

    In May, the Catholic Mobilizing Network — based in Washington, D.C. — sent out a National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty. Since then, almost 12,000 church leaders, including a handful of Catholic bishops, and others have signed on, promising to take action. The Oregon Catholic Conference, public policy arm of the state’s bishops, has signe

  • Two St. Francis classes sent to Camp Howard, thanks to scholarships

    ROY — The day St. Francis of Assisi fifth-grader Joseph Crowell first heard about Camp Howard at school, he came home begging his mom to send him.

    “I’m so sorry, buddy, but we can’t afford it,” his mother, Ursula Crowell, responded.

    “We have six kids, and we just couldn’t,” she explained recently. Joseph’s persistent plea was repeated for several days, until one afternoon he bolted across the school field, wrapped his arms around his mother and exclaimed: “I’m going to Camp Howard, Mom, I’m going.”

  • De La Salle student's collection for Congo on hold due to instability, violence
    Escalating violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo temporarily stalled the efforts and hopes of De La Salle student Felix Songolo. This spring, the then-junior organized a collection for Congolese youths — gathering enough clothes, shoes and backpacks to fill five large bags and receiving about $400 in donations. The plan was to distribute the items during his first-ever visit to his parents’ native country. The family fled the Congo to Zambia before Songolo was born.