Home | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising | El Centinela
Catholic Sentinel | Portland, OR Sunday, May 1, 2016
CYO Football 2015 2015 Priest Reassignments, Archdiocese of Portland Cardinal Francis George dies Mothering with faith Sisters of the Holy Names, 2015 Live Nativity at St. John the Baptist 2014 Fall CYO results Catholic Charities Donor Lunch 2014 Year of Consecrated Life opening Mass Holy Spirit Sisters Jubilee 2014 Seaside youth conference Mount Angel 125th Northwest Hub Furlow at papal Mass 2014 Rosary Bowl NW Brother André 2014 Fall 40 Days for Life 2014 Inauguration of Fr. Mark Poorman Coffee shop at abbey First day of school, 2014 Regis High School 50th anniversary 2014 Crooked Finger Pilgrimage Mass with migrant farm workers Maronite Ordination Consecration to "Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima" CYO track Southern Oregon Evangelization 2014 Priest Ordination Christ the King youth 2014 priest reassignments Our Lady of Lavang Confirmation, 2014 Memorial Day 2014 2014 Transitional deacon ordination Padre Foster Granados visits Albany Bishop Smith ordination Canonization of Pope John Paul II, Pope John XXIII Bishop Peter Smith 2014 Easter Vigil 2014 Walk of Cross 2014 Chrism Mass CYO basketball 2014 St. Patrick of the Forest 150th Catholic Charities Celebration of Hope, 2014 Boys2Men Archbishop visits Oregon State Penitentiary 40 Day Vigil for Life, 2014 Pope Francis creates new cardinals St. Henry shelter 2014 CYO swimming Funeral of Fr. George Wolf Travel on a budget Lunar New Year, 2014 Tech in Catholic schools 2014 Right to Life Rally Archbishop visits Santiam Prison First Mass in Oregon Milwaukie Posada St. Francis, Sherwood, Toy Drive Central Catholic football Typhoon Haiyan Deacon Ordination/ Kresbach, Schmitt A Catholic fisherman St. Cecilia Centennial Southern Oregon Welcome Mass Shepherd of the Valley, Central Point, dedication Grotto Anniversary 2013 Champions of Faith Dinner Gardenripe farms Coleman hop farm Corvallis Year of Faith Archbishop Howard at St. Rose Hitchhiking priests Franciscan Spiritual Center Sacred Heart, Medford Migrant Mass Tanzanians' jubilee World Youth Day 2013 2013 Blessing of the Animals 2013 Freedom Mass Albany school closure Fabric art Megan graduates from Catholic school St. Vincent de Paul Hillsboro 2013 Deacon ordination Sister Theresa Lamkin St. Helen Mission, Brownsville Marist Brainiacs St. Mary, Eugene St. Francis eighth graders Ascension confirmation 2013 Pastoral Ministry Conference St. Joseph Salem — Year of Faith Archbishop Sample's Installation Mass 2013 Archbishop Sample Chrism Mass 2013 2013 Young Catholics Pope Francis inauguration Celebration of Hope Vlazny Farewell Mass Archbishop Vlazny Farewell St. Paul Church in St. Paul Valley Catholic Green Building Rite of Election 2013 Water summit 2013 Lunar New Year Alveda King in Eugene New Monsignors, 2013 2013 Right to Life Rally MLK Mass, 2013 St. Henry, Gresham, Centennial Jesuit High drama School uniforms Friar in the mall Holy Trinity food ministry January Book Covers St. Andre Bessette food Year of Faith Mass Nestucca Sanctuary Hillsboro Choirs Father Betschart installation Salem Religious Freedom Rally Year of Faith Vespers, Awards Roy's Catholic School Adelante Mujeres 10th anniversary New Blanchet House Missionaries of Holy Spirit Priest, religious photos Providence Nursing Schools Pioneros Fortnight for Freedom Mark Bentz Deacon Ordination OLL School Walk Through Gaga over science St. Philip Neri Centennial Ordination of Bishop Cary SVDP, Grants Pass Holy Cross School centennial Confirmation - Mount Angel Holy Land Pilgrimage Blanchet Watershed Chrism Mass, 2012 Bishop-designate Cary Pope in Cuba, 2012 SSMO 125th Jubilee Mass Pope Benedict in Mexico 2012 Catholic Charities Celebration 2012 Madeleine Mardi Gras Centennial Rally for Life, 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Mass 2012 Day Laborers-Guadalupe Guadalupe 2011 Christ the King, Milwaukie, 50th Sesame Doughnuts Central Catholic Volleyball St. Peter Centennial Deacon Ordination, October 2011 St. Agatha Centennial Rosary Bowl 2011 St. Wenceslaus, Scappoose, Centennial Filipino celebration Polish Festival 2011 Holy War Football 2011 World Youth Day 2011 Sun Gold Farm Our Lady of Victory's New Church Freedom Mass 2011 St. Mary Church Steeple Removal Priest reassignments, 2011 Old Catholic Buildings Paige Rice, St. Mary's runner Graduation 2011 Easter vigils 2011 Pastoral Ministry Conference Basketball Holy War 2011 Search for Peace 2011

Pacifica Senior Living - Calaroga Terrace

Home : News : Local
4/25/2014 2:13:00 PM
Monument blessed to rose priest and his Oregon parish
Mike Dalton photo
Fr. Jeff Eirvin blesses monument to Fr. George Schoener and Assumption Church.
Mike Dalton photo
Fr. Jeff Eirvin blesses monument to Fr. George Schoener and Assumption Church.
Assumption Church in Brooks, 1906.
Assumption Church in Brooks, 1906.
Mike Dalton
For the Catholic Sentinel

BROOKS — March 21 turned out to be a perfect Spring Break Day for the celebration of Father George Schoener’s 150th birthday.

An event at the Brooks Branch of Chemeketa Community College included the dedication of a monument engraved with the priest's name and that of Assumption Church, which stood on the site from 1875 to 1915.

The day was hosted by and organized with the combined efforts of Brooks Historical Society and North West Rose Historians and their friends and benefactors near and far.

Father Schoener's 150th birthday was also celebrated in Steinach, Germany where he was born and in Santa Barbara, Calif. where he became known as the Padre of Roses.

The gathering of 30 people on the Brooks campus included members of Brooks Historical Society and their friends, members of Chemeketa Emergency Services, speakers and guests from the surrounding area and the City Of Portland.

On the snack table was a birthday cake with the icing commemorating Father Schoener (pronounced Schurner in German). The display table in the classroom nearby the monument included posters about the priest as well as vintage photographs of Assumption Church, showing Father's Schoener’s rose garden and Brooks Railway Station.

The program of four featured speakers began with a welcoming by Louis Sowa, the president of Brooks Historical Society. Laura King of Northwest Rose Historians led off with the story of Father Schoener and what bought him here to Brooks and his rise to prominence in the world of rose growing and breeding. King then read a thank you note from Deborah Wasserbach of Maryland, whose great great Aunt Anna Schmitt was Father Schoener’s first cousin, his housekeeper and able assistant in rose hybridizing research. Father Schoener and Schmitt are now buried side by side at Calvary Cemetery in Santa Barbara.

Next on the program was Rob McCorkle, dean of Life Safety Sciences of Chemeketa Community College. Training courses on the Brooks campus are conducted for police, fire and medical emergency personnel. McCorkle said that community service was the focus for first responders and the church that once stood here.

“Had we been there in 1915, the church would not have burned down,” McCorkle added.

Dorene Standish of Brooks Historical Society, local historian and ‘walking encyclopedia’ then outlined the history of the town of Brooks, the railway station and Assumption Cemetery where many of its residents are now resting. Standish mentioned that 100 years ago “the scent of roses” brought passengers two blocks away from the railway station to admire the roses filling the garden and covering the walls of the church and rectory.

Father Jeff Eirvin of nearby Sacred Heart-St. Louis Parish in Gervais said that priests and firefighters are both fraternities of brothers. He said that Father Schoener was a great man whose “gentle care and touch brought people and roses closer to God.” The program continued with a gathering outside at the monument with a formal dedication and blessing conducted by Father Eirvin. He concluded by placing a bouquet of red roses at the base of the monument.

Article Comment Submissions
Submit your comments, please. 
Comments are reviewed before being posted to the site. Comments must use respectful language and address the story. Comments are not posted immediately to the site. The site editor may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours. Comments may also be considered to appear as letters in our print edition, unless the writer specifices no.
Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Last Name:
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.

Advanced Search

Mary Jo Tully ~ The Path to Resurrection

News | Viewpoints | Faith & Spirituality | Parish and School Life | Entertainment | Obituaries | Find Churches and Schools | About Us | Subscriptions | Advertising
E-Newsletter | RSS Feeds

© 2016 Catholic Sentinel, a service of Oregon Catholic Press

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved