Most Rev. Alexander Sample is the former bishop of the Diocese of Marquette, Michigan. He completed college and graduate studies in engineering school in Upper Michigan and was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Marquette in 1990. In 2005, Pope Benedict named him bishop of his home diocese. In 2013, Pope Benedict appointed him archbishop of Portland. He is a native of Kalispell, Montana, and grew up in Las Vegas.
Mary Jo Tully, a Chicago native, is chancellor of the Archdiocese of Portland. She enjoys teaching, writing, crossword puzzles and her nieces and nephews. She has published several books on religious education and catechesis.
Deacon Owen Cummings is an author and professor of theology at Mount Angel Seminary. With Cathy, he is parent of 5 children and 2 grandchildren. Major interests are reading, writing, teaching, and leading retreats.
José Ortiz-Valladares is managing editor of the Catholic Sentinel and its sister Spanish publication, El Centinela. Ortiz has a background in editing and communications, including nine years as executive director and news editor of El Visitante de Puerto Rico, a weekly Catholic newspaper with a circulation of 50,000.
He has a Ph.D. in communications, a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s degree in public communications.
Rocío Rios Niño
was born in Colombia, South America. She studied social communications with a major in mass-media journalism at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. She received a master’s degree in political science from the same. She worked six years at the El Espectador
newspaper in Bogotá, Colombia’s major daily newspaper. She worked three a half years doing television reporting on Colombia’s top television station, Caracol news. She came to the United States in 1998 to learn English and became editor of El Centinela
, the Catholic Sentinel
’s Spanish-language sister newspaper in 1999. Her paper is online at www.elcentinelacatolico.org
Ed Langlois, a staff writer, graduated from Colorado College with a degree in English and was a campus stringer for Newsweek and Businessweek. He studied theology at Notre Dame and worked at an Oregon coast weekly newspaper before joining the Catholic Sentinel staff in 1993. Ed has focused on church-government relations, social issues like assisted suicide and poverty, Catholic schools and religious life. He's a husband and a father who commutes to work on bicycle.
Kristen Hannum, a staff writer, reported for the Catholic Sentinel from 1988 to 2004, when she moved to Colorado with her husband to care for her elderly mother. She returned to Portland and the Sentinel in March 2015. She's pleased to be back in the land where green forests meet the Pacific — where her grown children and grandchildren live.
Susan Hays, a native Oregonian and an active member of St. John the Baptist Parish in Milwaukie, sells advertising space for the Catholic Sentinel and El Centinela, our Spanish-language monthly.
Bob Jaques, advertising representative, is a native Oregonian and third generation publishing professional. A graduate of the University of Oregon, he has worked at newspapers and international business publications in the Northeast and on the West coast. His roles have covered circulation/distribution, production, marketing, advertising and publications management over the last 30 years. A husband and father of three, he enjoys fly fishing, architectural design, history, car restoration and spending time with his 6-year-old daughter.