Archbishop John Vlazny
Archbishop John Vlazny
The Archdiocesan Pastoral Assembly will be held Nov. 16 and 17 at St. Pius X Parish in Northwest Portland.

The assembly, which meets every three years, is a gathering of pastors accompanied by two parish council members from every parish who gather with the archbishop and the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council. New members of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council will be elected during the assembly.

Participants will have an opportunity to provide input on the pastoral priorities for the archdiocese.

The assembly will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, with registration and a dessert social. The welcome and opening prayer will be presented by Clint Bentz, chairman of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council.

Archbishop John G. Vlazny will address the delegates, providing the vision and purpose of the assembly. The keynote speaker will be Kate Barrett, whose presentation will introduce the theme of the assembly, “Setting Faith Afire.” The evening will close with night prayer.

On Saturday, the assembly will begin with breakfast followed by the opening prayer and the pastoral address given by Archbishop Vlazny. A report on the work on the 2010-’12 Archdiocesan Pastoral Council will be presented by Bentz.
Discussions on a vicariate level will follow. After Mass celebrated by the archbishop, lunch and further vicariate discussions, there will be an election to choose the new APC representatives. Finally the Assembly will identify and recommend pastoral priorities for the coming years.
Kate Barrett is the assistant director of undergraduate ministry at the University of Notre Dame. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies. After working for two years in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, she returned to Notre Dame earning a Master of Divinity degree in 1990. She has been involved with campus ministry at Notre Dame since then, and she is coordinating the Year of Faith efforts for the university. She and her husband Matt have been married for 20 years and they have four children.

Complete information including schedule is available at the Archdiocese of Portland’s website The registration fee is $35 per person, if registered by Nov. 6, and $50 per person after that date. Registration is online

Parishes are asked to cover participants registration fees and assist with other expenses. Lodging information is available at the registration site. All parishes are encouraged to be represented at the 2012 Archdiocesan Pastoral Assembly.