|6/14/2012 5:06:00 PM|
He's thankful for parishioners
Catholic Sentinel photo by Gerry Lewin
Fr. Jim Stange with Archbishop John Vlazny
Father Jim Stange, pastor of St. Wenceslaus Church in Scappoose for 13 years, retires this year.
“My time here has been a time of tremendous growth for me, and for my parishioners,” he said. “I will miss the parish and its parishioners. They have been so wonderful to me over the years.”
Father Stange will take an undetermined amount of time rest and relaxation, and then hopes to return to ministry on a part-time basis. He will stay in the area, he said.
St. Wenceslaus was the priest’s first pastorship. After his ordination on June 9, 1995, he served as parochial vicar at St. Mary Church in Eugene. During his time in Scappoose, Father Stange helped lead the community through a capital campaign to build a new parish hall. Last September, he concelebrated Mass with Archbishop John Vlazny when the St. Wenceslaus marked its centennial anniversary.
Parishioners have said that Father Stange loves the Church and its traditions.
“He’s always calling on us to follow it. At the same time, he has a real compassion for human living,” said a parishioner was quoted in a Sentinel story in 2001.
Father Stange was educated at Mount Angel Seminary and was ordained by then-Archbishop William Levada at St. John the Apostle Church in Oregon City.