The Seminary Tea Committee’s new members are Anne Andersen, Colleen Nistler, Carol McMenamin, Sue Hannibal, Anna Graham, Heidi Heitkemper Wilcox and Lara Tennant (front row). In the back row are their sponsors, Mary Kay Beaudoin, Laura Parker, Patty Campbell, Jane Wolfsehr, Anne Bergeron, Margaret Sakuma and Mary Lang.
The annual Archbishop's Seminary Tea, a fundraiser to help with the education of seminarians at Mount Angel Abbey and Seminary, takes place Wednesday, May 1, at Portland Golf Club.
At his first tea, newly installed Archbishop Alexander Sample will receive guests, accompanied by Archbishop Emeritus John G. Vlazny, Bishop Emeritus Kenneth Steiner and Mount Angel Abbot Gregory Duerr.
The tea starts a half-hour earlier this year, at 3:30 p.m., and ends at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 and will be available at the door and at all Portland parishes after Masses three weeks prior to the tea.
The tea tradition began in 1935 when Gladys Dunne invited 22 friends to her home to make elaborate sandwiches and fancy homemade cookies. That year, the group congregated on the General Lee State steamship. After that, the tea moved to private homes and Dunne faithfully chaired the event through 1960. Today, Portland's Catholic women continue to gather each year for tea with the archbishop.
Other special guests this year include clergy and religious of the Archdiocese of Portland, families and friends of the tea committee, relatives of Gladys Dunne, and children and grandchildren of tea committee members.
The 2013 Seminary Tea committee is co-chaired by Mary Kay Beaudoin, Laura Parker and Mary Willis. The committee welcomed seven new members at a planning meeting and luncheon on March 20.
By popular demand, the tea will be held again this year at Portland Golf Club, at 5900 SW Scholls Ferry Road. Parking is available at the club, with overflow parking available on neighborhood streets and shuttles transporting guests to the club house.
The Seminary Tea Committee provides spiritual and financial support to Mount Angel seminarians. Through its history, the committee's annual tea has raised nearly $1 million. Proceeds from this year's event will be presented to Archbishop Sample during a Mass and luncheon later in May.