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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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