Catholic Sentinel photo by Bob Kerns
Fr. George Wolf
Catholic Sentinel photo by Bob Kerns
Fr. George Wolf
Father George Wolf, a longtime pastor in western Oregon, died of cancer today at age 62.

Family and friends, including many priest companions, were with him in his last months.

He was born May 21, 1951 in Chicago, son of a railroad worker and one of seven children. He attended St. Augustine Preparatory School in Holland, Mich., then the University of Illinois, graduating in 1974.

He entered St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana and earned a master's of divinity in 1980 before being ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria three days after his 29th birthday. He was active in youth retreat work and family life ministry and was a high school chaplain.

Father Wolf came to the Archdiocese of Portland in 1986 and was incardinated here in 1989. He served as parochial vicar at St. Matthew in Hillsboro before becoming pastor of Our Lady of Victory in Seaside in 1989. He later served as pastor at Queen of Peace Parish in Salem, St. Mary's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland and most recently Holy Family Parish in Portland.

“My belief is that God has our total potential in mind,” he told the Sentinel in 2006, shortly after starting his service at the cathedral. “God will work through relationships to move us toward that potential.”

One parent at Cathedral School had this to say about the priest in 2006: “Father George is childlike in just the right amount.”

A vigil will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13 at St. Mary Cathedral. A funeral Mass will held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 14 at St. Mary Cathedral.