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2/6/2014 1:29:00 PM
Portland pastor dies at 62
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Fr. George Wolf
Catholic Sentinel photo by Bob Kerns
Fr. George Wolf

Father George Wolf, a longtime pastor in western Oregon, died of cancer today at age 62.

Family and friends, including many priest companions, were with him in his last months.

He was born May 21, 1951 in Chicago, son of a railroad worker and one of seven children. He attended St. Augustine Preparatory School in Holland, Mich., then the University of Illinois, graduating in 1974.

He entered St. Meinrad Seminary in Indiana and earned a master's of divinity in 1980 before being ordained a priest of the Diocese of Peoria three days after his 29th birthday. He was active in youth retreat work and family life ministry and was a high school chaplain.

Father Wolf came to the Archdiocese of Portland in 1986 and was incardinated here in 1989. He served as parochial vicar at St. Matthew in Hillsboro before becoming pastor of Our Lady of Victory in Seaside in 1989. He later served as pastor at Queen of Peace Parish in Salem, St. Mary's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland and most recently Holy Family Parish in Portland.

“My belief is that God has our total potential in mind,” he told the Sentinel in 2006, shortly after starting his service at the cathedral. “God will work through relationships to move us toward that potential.”

One parent at Cathedral School had this to say about the priest in 2006: “Father George is childlike in just the right amount.”

A vigil will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13 at St. Mary Cathedral. A funeral Mass will held at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 14 at St. Mary Cathedral.



Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014
Article comment by: Cheryl Criss

Fr. Wolf was such a wonderful man. He told wonderful stories about his jobs he took to pay for college when he came to our house for dinner when he was at St. Mark's in Peoria. He told us he felt blessed to be with those at the end of their lives. RIP Fr. Wolf. The Criss Family

Posted: Saturday, February 15, 2014
Article comment by: Chuck Meismer

Fr. Wolf was the Spiritual Director for Teens Encounter Christ when I first made TEC in 1986. He was good with teens. He was also the moderator for the Student Senate at AOL/SI in the mid 85/86. He made it fun that year!

Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014
Article comment by: Eugenia Murphy

George was an Assistant Pastor at St. Marks when my husband Tom Murphy was Pastor there. He was one of he dearest, kindest, most effective Priests Tom had ever worked with. I am confident that they have found each other in that unknown place where good souls meet, and are sharing again, the mysteries now revealed. The angels have led them into Paradise.

Posted: Friday, February 14, 2014
Article comment by: Rosie Langfels

Father George was a dear friend and a wonderful gift to our family and friends when he was Assistant Pastor in Peoria at St. Mark's. We got to know his parents and family and traveled to Chicago to visit them several times. My husband and I flew to Oregon to visit with him and we kept in touch at Christmas. Last year I didn't hear from him and hadn't been able to send a card since I had a broken arm. This year my middle son and my husband died within 2 1/2 months of one another. I now they were there to welcome Father George home! We loved him dearly and learned so much from him. God bless his family who remain.



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