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12/5/2012 3:15:00 PM
Pope Benedict names three local priests monsignors

Archbishop John G. Vlazny has announced that three priests of the Archdiocese of Portland have been named monsignors by Pope Benedict. Those honored are: Rev. Msgr. Joseph Betschart, Rev. Msgr. Patrick Brennan, and Rev. Msgr. Donald Buxman. The monsignors were named as Chaplains to His Holiness. 

Rev. Msgr. Joseph Betschart is presently the president-rector of Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict.  Monsignor Betschart was born in 1965 in Portland. He graduated from Sandy Union High School, Sandy, in 1984, and then attended Oregon State University graduating with a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering and a bachelor's degree in general science.  He earned a master's degree in religious studies at Notre Dame Institute, Alexandria, Va. He studied for the priesthood at Mount Angel Seminary and at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He earned a Sacred Theology Bachelor degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, and he is pursuing doctoral studies in Theology through the Angelicum, The Pontifical University of St. Thomas, Rome.

Monsignor Betschart was ordained a priest in 1999 by Archbishop Vlazny at St. Mary’s Cathedral. He has served as parochial vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Salem and at St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton. He served as pastor of Our Lady of the Mountain Parish in Ashland from July 2002 until July 2007. He returned to Rome where he served on the Formation Faculty at the North American College from 2007 until July 2012. Monsignor Betschart was appointed president-rector of Mount Angel Seminary in July 2012.

Rev. Msgr. Patrick Brennan is pastor at St. Mary’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Portland. He was born in 1951 in Portland. He graduated from Mount Angel Seminary Preparatory High School in 1969. He earned a bachelor's degree from Mount Angel Seminary in 1973, a Sacred Theology Bachelor degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome in 1977. After ordination as a priest, Monsignor Brennan earned a Sacred Theology Licentiate degree from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1980, and a Licentiate degree in Canon Law in 1985 from the Catholic University of America, Washington D.C.
Monsignor Brennan was ordained a priest by Archbishop Cornelius Power at Holy Trinity Church in Beaverton in 1977. He has served as an associate pastor at St. Therese Parish, Portland, and St. Mary Parish, Corvallis. He served the archdiocese as judicial vicar from 1985 until 1992, and was reappointed judicial vicar in 1998, and he continues to serve in that role. Monsignor Brennan was appointed president-rector of Mount Angel Seminary in 1990 and served in that capacity until June of 2000. He spent three years on the faculty of the Pontifical North American College from 2000 to 2003. Upon returning from Rome, he was appointed vicar for clergy for the Archdiocese of Portland and served from 2003 to 2011. During that time he also served as priest moderator at St. Rita Parish, Portland. In July of 2011 he was appointed pastor at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Rev. Msgr. Donald Buxman was born in 1944 in Portland. He graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1962. His college seminary days were spent studying at Mount Angel Seminary and at St. Thomas Seminary, Kenmore, Wash. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1966, and earned a master of divinity degree in 1970 both from St. Thomas Seminary.

Monsignor Buxman was ordained a priest in 1970 by Archbishop Robert Dwyer at St. Charles in Portland. His assignments have included being a chaplain at the Hillcrest School and an associate pastor at Queen of Peace Parish, Salem and at St. Mary Parish, Eugene. He served as director of vocations for the Archdiocese of Portland from 1978 to 1984.  Monsignor Buxman has served as pastor at St. Francis Parish, Sherwood, St. John the Apostle Parish, Oregon City and at Christ the King Parish, Milwaukie.  He was appointed vicar for clergy in July 2011, and also serves as priest moderator at St. Rita, Portland.  He served as chaplain to the Serra Club from 1978 to 2011.

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