6/24/2013 3:47:00 PM Catholic singles to convene in Portland
Catholic Alumni Club International photo
Catholic singles enjoy feeding giraffe at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo during the 2010 national convention in Colorado Springs. This year's gathering is set for Portland.
A convention will bring 115 Catholic singles from around the country to Portland in July. Catholic Alumni Clubs International will hold its annual gathering July 7-13 at the DoubleTree at Lloyd Center.
The Maryland-based association includes about 30 clubs from around the U.S. that welcome Catholic professional singles. Members of the clubs must be 21 or older and in general must have a college degree or be a registered nurse. Most members are between 40 and 70.
A priest who comes with the group will be offering daily Mass at the hotel.
There is no club in Portland now. Western U.S. clubs are located in Arizona, Colorado and in the California cities of Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Francisco.
Year round, the clubs plan dances, house parties, game nights, Masses and retreats. Members attend plays, concerts and sporting events. They hike and ski.
In Oregon next month, participants will go on tours of Chinatown, the Grotto, the International Rose Test Garden and Pittock Mansion. They will head to the coast and several Willamette Valley vineyards. They will raft the White Salmon River and tour Columbia River Gorge waterfalls. Mass comes in the afternoon, followed by dinner and a dance.
Prior conventions have been held at Hawaii, Cape Cod, San Diego, Vancouver, Seattle, Montreal, Williamsburg, Florida and the Bahamas.