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Haitian nuns robbed, attacked
Sister Augusta Ernest, principal at St. Martin de Porres School in Hinche, Haiti, talks with a student. Convents have come under attack in Haiti. (Catholic News Service)
Sister Augusta Ernest, principal at St. Martin de Porres School in Hinche, Haiti, talks with a student. Convents have come under attack in Haiti. (Catholic News Service)
Desperate Haitian bandits have been robbing dozens convents and assaulting nuns, including the Little Sisters of St. Therese, a religious community backed by many Oregon Catholics.
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Memorial Day Service set for Scappoose church
SCAPPOOSE — A Memorial Day service is set to begin 10 a.m. Monday, May 25 at St. Wenceslaus Church and Cemetery here.
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Priesthood ordination set for June 5
Archbishop Alexander Sample will ordain eight men as priests of the Archdiocese of Portland at 4 p.m. Friday, June 5 in St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Longtime caregiver, a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon, dies at 85
BEAVERTON — A funeral Mass will be held Monday afternoon for Sister Geraldine Bernards, former Maryville administrator. Sister Geraldine died May 14 at the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon Motherhouse.


Monday, May 18, 2015
U.P. grads hear that attitude can overcome adversity

Addressing graduating students at the University of Portland spring commencement May 3, Larree Renda, former executive vice president of Safeway, Inc., stressed the importance of attitude in responding to positive and negative moments in the future.


Monday, May 18, 2015
New head hired for foundation that supports Benedictine nuns
MOUNT ANGEL — Kate Van Ummersen has been hired as the new executive director of the Benedictine Foundation of Oregon, and began her new position at the Foundation in late April.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
CYO/Camp/Howard thanks workers who keep it together
It takes more than 2,000 volunteers and volunteer coaches to keep CYO and Camp Howard running each year, not to mention the  administrative professionals in Catholic schools who help us to reach the 11,000 youth who participate in our programs annually.  On April 22 – Administrative Professionals Day in the U.S. (formerly secretaries’ day — CYO/Camp Howard honored school administrative pros during a luncheon at the Multnomah Athletic Club.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
WATCH: Environmental Crusaders

The school’s officials colors are green and gold. Emphasize the green. A year ago, Jesuit High School won U.S. Department of Education recognition for reducing environmental impact and educating students on sustainability. This spring, the Southwest Portland school was named most eco-friendly in Oregon.


Friday, May 15, 2015
Providence nurses lauded
Just seven percent of the hospitals in the nation receive Magnet status, and Providence Portland Medical Center has now received that nursing designation for the third time.
Friday, May 15, 2015
From suffering toward unity

Through my trip I gained a lot of respect for the work that CRS does, and the Catholic social teaching which they put into practice. What struck me most throughout was how well CRS respected the dignity of each individual person regardless of their social status, ethnicity or creed.


Thursday, May 14, 2015
Tobin Lecture addresses mercy

Kerry Weber, managing editor of America magazine and author of “Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your Day Job,” was the honored speaker at this year’s annual archdiocesan Tobin Lecture at All Saints Church.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Actor to speak at anti-death penalty event
Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty will hold its annual social, dinner and program at 5 p.m. Friday June 12, at the Keizer Civic Center.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Vocations spots on radio
As Portland’s Catholic radio celebrates a new identity, it has begun a weekly series on priestly vocations. Mater Dei Radio — 88.3 FM KBVM, 94.9 FM and 100.5 FM KMME — welcomes host Father Jeff Eirvin, vocations director of the Archdiocese of Portland at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday nights during May.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
More terror in Nepal
NAMJUNG, Nepal — As the magnitude-7.3 quake hit, screaming and shouting filled the mountain village of Namjung, where approximately 600 people had gathered to collect relief material being distributed by Catholic Relief Services.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Father Dan Reynolds dies at age 88
Father Dan Reynolds died May 11. He was 88.
Father Reynolds served at more than half a dozen parishes, including St. Mark's in Eugene; St. Alice, Springfield; St. Anne, Grants Pass; and Queen of Peace, Salem. The funeral Mass for Father Reynolds will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 15, at St Mary’s Cathedral in Portland.

Monday, May 11, 2015
Moms' groups provide perspective
Mother’s Day reminds us that motherhood is the most demanding and fulfilling of callings. Community-minded Catholics say groups are essential in the task.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Unrealistic expectations can hobble rehab
Verna Porter, is a friendly, articulate 79-year-old who knows about senior healthcare, both as a professional and now, as an insider. She worked as a geriatrics nurse and senior advocate, both here in Oregon and in Washington D.C. She sometimes arranged for experts to speak on topics of interest to the senior community, sometimes at Laurelhurst Village in Southeast Portland.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Church speaks on wage debate
The debate over raising Oregon’s minimum wage may not result in legislation this session. But something needs to give for the good of families, says Matt Cato, director of the Archdiocese of Portland’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Renewing the gift of Catholic marriage
Deacon Owen Cummings will lead a couple’s retreat day on Saturday, May 30, in the St. Pius X Community Center, 1280 NW Saltzman in Portland. Breakfast begins at 8:45 a.m. The program lasts 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with box lunch provided.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Franciscan Girls serve up tea and prizes
The Franciscan Girls Club served a tea prepared by Franciscan Sister Angela and her volunteer staff to more than 140 guests earlier this year. This was the second annual “Essence of Peace” tea event, held as a fundraiser for the renovation of the chapel at the Our Lady of Peace Retreat center.
Monday, May 4, 2015
March message: No human being is illegal
On International Workers' Day May 1, immigrants took to the streets of Portland and Salem to demand rights. The message of the march was simple: No human is illegal.


Monday, May 4, 2015
Protecting God's precious gift of vision
This year, five parishioners from St. Anthony Parish in Forest Grove were part of a group of 12 optometry students and two optometric physicians who went to Cambodia to provide eye care in rural village still feeling the effects of the Khmer Rouge genocide.
Monday, May 4, 2015
WATCH: Cinco de Mayo
At this year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration, Archbishop Alexander Sample celebrated the Mariachi Mass for the first time since being assigned to the Archdiocese of Portland.
Monday, May 4, 2015
Southeast Portland parish reaches out
In the far reaches of Southeast Portland, St. Joseph the Worker Parish is planning its new church.
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Kindergartners get a sense of Holy Thursday
OREGON CITY — Staff and students from St. John the Apostle School here gathered together on Holy Thursday to commemorate the Passion of the Christ. Eighth graders led everyone through the Stations of the Cross and prayer.
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Working for health insurance?

The Supreme Court will likely decide in June if citizens in states that opted out of setting up their own Affordable Care Act health insurance programs will lose their insurance.


Saturday, May 2, 2015
For young single adults, community is crucial
When Kaitlynn Keifer was 25, her father died. At his funeral, as she knelt down after receiving Communion, she felt angry at God. Then Keifer looked up and saw the people who had been sitting farther back in the church: dozens of friends from the Portland area and Salem, members of the Catholic young adult group she was leading.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Providence crew helps with Guatemala sanitation project
They traveled more than 3,500 miles from home to a place where the language and lifestyle were unfamiliar. In their own way, they were following the example of the Sisters of Providence. And just like that pioneering journey made to the Northwest by those women nearly 160 years ago, a service trip to Guatemala changed lives.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Typhoon hit home of Portlanders
A late March typhoon killed five people on the western Pacific Ocean island of Chuuk. St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Southeast Portland is home to Chuukese immigrants who have been keeping a close eye on the news. Most have relatives and friends still on the island.
Friday, May 1, 2015
Healing Mass at Rose Hall
Friday, May 1, 2015
Brewing degrees at UP
The University of Portland’s Pamplin School of Business is offering an online graduate certificate program giving craft beer industry professionals specific business training.
Friday, May 1, 2015
Cemetery worker helps families find peace she lacks
HAPPY VALLEY — Maria Silvagnia works at a cemetery in part because her mother’s cremated remains have gone missing.


Friday, May 1, 2015
Eugene home for mothers enduring
EUGENE — An unobtrusive house not far from St. Mark Parish here welcomes young mothers, helping them get their lives back on track. “Our goal is to show Christ’s love in how we treat the women and children,” says Lucy Organ, president of the board for Bosco House.


Friday, May 1, 2015
Pregnancy tests, ultrasounds go mobile in Lane County
EUGENE — Now, women who are pregnant can get a free ultrasound while out shopping, or even picking up a sack of maple bars. 1st Way, a pro-life pregnancy resource center here, has fitted out a van with an ultrasound machine and sends trained technicians out to the community to help women see the developing life within. Daylight Donuts in Eugene is one of the businesses that welcomes the van, as does St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County and Centro Latino.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Catholic social teaching: Rights and responsibilities go together
Late last year, Tim Hennessy had a dilemma. President of De La Salle North Catholic High School, Hennessy was faced with a group of students wanting to block North Portland traffic over jury decisions in Missouri and New York. Panels had exonerated white police officers who had killed unarmed African American suspects.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Seminary Tea for 300
The Seminary Tea, an Archdiocese of Portland tradition since 1935, welcomed 300 guests at the Portland Country Club on April 29. The fundraiser supports seminarians.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Dismissed teacher in mediation, lawsuit
Bill Diss, the Catholic pro-life leader who says he was dismissed from his teaching post at Benson High School last year because of his beliefs, is involved in a union mediation and a civil lawsuit filed against Portland Public Schools.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Seminary Tea
The Seminary Tea Committee inducted eight new members last month at the Waverly Country Club, women who will help raise funds to support seminarians who will serve in the Archdiocese of Portland. This year’s chairperson wants to spread the word that everyone is invited to the Seminary Tea on Wednesday, April 29. You don’t even have to remember to buy your ticket in advance, you can purchase one at the door.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Cornelius parishioners, pastors, near home stretch for new church

Jaime Ramos, the contractor for the transitional office space at St. Alexander Parish in Cornelius, recently admitted to Father David Schiferl that some of his crew had been at the nearly completed new offices until midnight the previous night. Ramos wants to both do a good job and on schedule. That’s his philosophy, but since this is his parish, he’s been throwing in even more extras.


Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Archdiocese hires new development, stewardship director
The Archdiocese of Portland has hired Carmen Gaston as its new Archdiocesan Director of Development and Stewardship.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Major collection for food to begin
TUALATIN — One couple’s idea to deliver 14 sleeping bags to homeless people in Portland has become an eruption of charity, including a man with disabilities working hard to help people in need.
Monday, April 27, 2015
CYO basketball season: Hundreds of exciting contests
The massive basketball program for third through eighth graders run by western Oregon’s Catholic Youth Organization started in November when teams began practicing.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
High patient volumes continue at Sacred Heart
SPRINGFIELD — PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center’s RiverBend and University District hospitals in Springfield and Eugene are seeing a high number of patients. Emergency departments are full and wait times are longer than normal.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
WATCH: Despite hard work, a life in the woods was for him



WILLAMINA — Dick Zimbrick began logging at 13 in the hills just above Rowell Creek, using hand saws and a team of horses. At 79, he has a quirky back and half a thumb. He skipped college to provide for his family. He’s powered through diabetes, prostate cancer and gall bladder surgery. In the 1980s, activist vandals stole a Zimbrick Logging truck and shoved it over a cliff. “If I had a choice, I don’t think I’d do anything different,” Zimbrick says, rubbing a powerful hand over his gray crew cut.

Friday, April 24, 2015
Former Baker bishop dies at 92
BEAVERTON — Bishop Thomas Connolly, longtime spiritual leader of Eastern Oregon’s Diocese of Baker, died April 24 at age 92. He had lived at Maryville Nursing Home since 2011. Over the years, Bishop Connolly took to horseback to help ranchers bring cattle to winter pasture. He drove between 30,000 and 35,000 miles per year in his spread-out diocese.
Friday, April 24, 2015
WATCH: Pastoral ministers discern ways to reach families


WILSONVILLE — Hundreds of clergy, religious and lay Catholic workers gathered here April 23 to learn how to help and guide families better. “We are missionaries trying to reach families,” said Tom East of the Center for Ministry Development, based in Gig Harbor, Wash. “Families are hungry for the energy you are sharing.”

Thursday, April 23, 2015
'Fix your gaze on Mary'
The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women will hold its 2015 Conference, titled "Fix Your Gaze On Mary" at the Grotto in Northeast Portland, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 25.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Icon helps trafficking issue gain momentum in Rome
An icon written by an Oregon monk has become a symbol of hope in Catholicism’s fight against human trafficking.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Charities dinner breaks record
Catholic Charities of Oregon's annual fundraiser broke a fiscial record, raising $1,000,000 at its Celebration of Hope dinner.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Session on Earth and common good set
A national audience is being invited to a Catholic summer conference about life on planet Earth and the common good. The gathering is set for July 19-23 at the University of Portland.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Faith Café's 10th anniversary
The Faith Café board members presented their regular guests with a string quartet and entrée prepared by a top local chef for the soup kitchen's 10th annual dinner.
Monday, April 20, 2015


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