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“Dear friend,” many begin. Some are typed, others handwritten with penmanship ranging from precise print to the uneven lettering of small hands still learning the craft. Doodles of birds, flowers, hearts and spirals fill margins. Composed continents apart, their pages contain news of a sibling’s birth, an aced exam and a favorite...

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'Grandfamilies' on the rise

They neither planned for it nor asked for it. The responsibility sprung from heartbreak, and they knew the outcome would be messy. But when John and LaVonne Doherty’s daughter died from drug use, leaving two young children, they didn’t hesitate.

“There wasn’t any other answer but to say, ‘Yes,’” said LaVonne, 71. “We were always open to life; we just didn’t realize that would mean we would raise our grandchildren.”

The Dohertys, members of Holy Redeemer Parish in North Portland, are among nearly 25,000 grandparents in Oregon, and 2.7 million nationwide, who are raising grandchildren, according to census figures. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Sisters honored for ecumenical gusto

Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon will honor the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary as “Ecumenist of the Year” during an annual dinner set for May 11.

The Holy Names Sisters, founded in Canada, have served in the Northwest since Oregon became a state in 1859. They founded St. Mary’s Academy, a school for girls that is still in operation. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
WATCH: Former fashion model with indulgent past wants others with same-sex attraction to know joy of faith, chastity

TIGARD — Twenty-five years ago, Paul Darrow would march in New York’s gay pride parade. He’d pause with peers outside St. Patrick Cathedral to shout obscenities, hoping to interrupt Mass. Catholicism was the enemy.  

Now, Darrow counts nothing more thrilling than bowing his head and receiving Jesus in the Eucharist. 

“It was sex, drugs and disco — did I mention rock and roll?” said Darrow, a former fashion model who spoke April 4 at St. Anthony Parish here. He discussed Courage, the spiritual support group that led him to rejoin the church and embrace chastity.  

Monday, April 24, 2017
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Church could lead way on climate fix
The church is large enough to move markets and policy if it operates in solidarity.

Friday, April 28, 2017
Appreciating the moment
Our planners and phones are filled to the brim with lists, tasks and meetings, yet how many of us schedule regular time for prayer? Or time with our spouse? Children? Friends? When is our appointed time for meaningful communion with God and neighbor?

Thursday, April 27, 2017
From the Archives
The train reaches the station of Mount Angel about 3 o’clock in the afternoon, and at the sound of the whistle of the locomotive, the bells of the distant monastery commenced to chime, cannons thundered the joyous salute from the “Butte.”

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Arts and Entertainment News
Free Fire
NEW YORK (CNS) — The premise of "Free Fire" (A24) is that a single extended gunfight can sustain an entire film, provided the participants in the showdown keep making incongruously funny and mordant remarks.

Friday, April 28, 2017
Art exhibit puts Botticelli's spiritual journey in historical framework

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (CNS) — The culture wars of today have nothing on those from Renaissance times.

In Florence, Italy, in 1497 — after people had been repeatedly warned that some instruments, books, sculptures, paintings and clothes could lead them away from their faith — thousands of these items were thrown into a huge pile in the center of the city and burned in the famous Bonfire of the Vanities.

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Z: The Beginning of Everything
NEW YORK (CNS) — Streaming now on Amazon Prime, "Z: The Beginning of Everything" upends the conventional understanding of one of the 20th century's most famous marriages.

Specifically, this revisionist drama series rejects the widespread belief that famed novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald's relationship with his mentally unstable wife, Zelda, significantly attenuated his literary output.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Living Faith | Archbishop Sample's Column | Columns
Divine worship director hired for Archdiocese of Portland

Archbishop Alexander Sample has hired a scholar-priest to head the Office of Divine Worship in the Archdiocese of Portland. 

Msgr. Gerard O’Connor — a priest of the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts — will assist the archbishop in guiding archdiocesan worship and help parishes across western Oregon on liturgy. Msgr. O’Connor — who also has been a scientist and high-tech marketer — begins Sept. 1. 

Friday, April 28, 2017
Archbishop Sample's schedule

Archbishop Alexander Sample's schedule through May 5.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Confirmation schedules

Archbishop Alexander Sample, Archbishop John Vlazny, Bishop Peter Smith and Bishop Kenneth Steiner will travel the length of the archdiocese in coming months to give the sacrament of confirmation in the parishes. 

Here are their confirmation schedules for the next two weeks.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Parish/School Life
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University of Portland continues as top school for Fulbright awards among master's level institutions
The University of Portland continues to be one of the top producers of Fulbright awards in the nation among master’s-level institutions, according to a study released by the Chronicle of Higher Education. The university tied for third place in student Fulbright awards for the academic year 2016-17, with six students receiving the prestigious grant to study, conduct research and/or teach English abroad.

Friday, April 28, 2017
Student group helps sex trafficking victims
Seventh- and eighth-grade students at St. Andrew Nativity School in Portland have been hard at work raising funds for victims of sex trafficking in Oregon. The students are members of a group called Healthy Choices, led by school counselor Sonya Strickland.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
St. Mary's Academy wins state mock trial competition
The 31st annual Oregon Mock Trial state competition brought 16 high school teams from as far as Baker City to hold trials at the Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse in downtown Portland. Two days and three rounds winnowed the competition to two finalists: St. Mary’s Academy from Portland and Lakeridge High School from Lake Oswego. Village Home Education Resource Center came in third, and the fourth place saw a rare tie between Portland’s Grant High School and Catlin Gabel School.

Monday, April 24, 2017
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