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Holy Names Sisters honored for ecumenical gusto
Ed Langlois/Catholic SentinelHeidi Rangel-Valenzuela and Michael Rodriguez listen to Holy Names Sr. Mary Anne Jungblut explain the cornerstone at Holy Redeemer School in Portland in 2008. The sisters have been honored for their ecumenical spirit.

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Heidi Rangel-Valenzuela and Michael Rodriguez listen to Holy Names Sr. Mary Anne Jungblut explain the cornerstone at Holy Redeemer School in Portland in 2008. The sisters have been honored for their ecumenical spirit.


Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon will honor the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary as “Ecumenist of the Year” during an annual dinner set for May 11.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

75 years in the monastery: Benedictine Sr. Alberta Dieker, teacher and historian, feels thankful

MOUNT ANGEL — Benedictine Sister Alberta Dieker was surrounded by family and her religious community Feb. 12 as she renewed her monastic profession. It was a rite she first performed in 1942.  

“Sister Alberta is a walking encyclopedia and an amazing conversationalist,” says a tribute from her religious sisters. “If you want an interesting, informative visit with someone who has seen almost a century of history and loves life, our community would name Sister Alberta as the one to visit.”

Friday, March 24, 2017
Cemetery hillside stabilized

Workers from Mount Calvary Cemetery and the City of Portland teamed up to stabilize an embankment after the season’s largest landslide poured onto Burnside Road March 15.

Friday, March 24, 2017
Eugene group stands up against human trafficking

EUGENE — Eugene police estimate that hundreds of people, many of them minors, are pimping or being prostituted on any given night in this college town. A group of Catholics is fed up. 

“We want to spread the word that human trafficking is still an issue in our world, in our country and in this neighborhood where we are standing,” said Jerry Ragan, a member of St. Thomas More Parish in Eugene and former principal of St. Paul School. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Providence offers digital house calls

On a camping trip to northeast Washington, an Oregon man had a wound that was starting to look troublesome. Twenty miles from any clinic, he could have phoned an advice nurse to talk about the oozing injury. 

Better yet, he connected via video with his smart phone and showed his laceration to a medical pro to ask what he should do.  


Wednesday, March 22, 2017
One of first refugee families helped by Catholic Charities program a testament to the nonprofit's ongoing mission, efforts

Rosalia Redelsperger doesn’t remember a lot about living in Yugoslavia. Mostly she remembers leaving it in 1944.

The then-8-year-old Rosi Plechl and her family were awoken in the middle of the night and told to prepare their things. The German army would be escorting them out of the country at 9 a.m. It was October and the Yugoslav Partisans were taking back German-occupied territory. Germans who had settled in the country for hundreds of years were told to get out. More than 7,000 ethnic Germans were shot by Partisans, more than 48,000 died in Yugoslav concentration camps, and nearly 2,000 were abducted and sent to Soviet labor camps.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Portland supports disabled children in Tanzania

A school for disabled youngsters in East Africa is working to sustain and improve its singular services. Huruma School for Children with Disabilities in Mwanza, Tanzania, has garnered support from Catholics in Portland since its founding in 2004. 

Bertha Haas, a retired educator and member of St. Alexander Parish in Cornelius, traveled to Tanzania in 2003 as part of her work as a Maryknoll lay missioner. She observed that local children who had disabilities or serious health problems did not do well in public schools. Haas, 75, collaborated with parents to establish an alternative providing intensive support for such children. The name, “Huruma,” is Swahili for “compassion.”  

Sunday, March 19, 2017
WATCH: Man who lived at Blanchet House moved from feeling worthless to feeling blessed

About a year ago, Jeffrey McDaniel sat on the rail of the Ross Island Bridge and scrutinized the Willamette River 12 stories below. Would it do the job?

McDaniel, a chef, had moved to Portland for a woman. But his excessive drinking and yet another DUI arrest prompted her to walk. 

“I felt worthless and without any power or control,” says McDaniel, who had started smoking marijuana at age 11. 

Friday, March 17, 2017
No general dispensation granted for St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday in Lent this year.  Archbishop Sample has confirmed that local pastors can dispense in individual cases from the obligation to abstain from meat on Friday, March 17, 2017.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Catholic anti-poverty groups convene

Aware that distribution of federal anti-poverty funds might shift with a new Congress and White House, lobbyists from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Charities USA came to Oregon in February to gather information. 

Leaders of the state’s Catholic helping agencies convened Feb. 28 to offer ideas that will be brought back to Washington, D.C., in an effort to make sure that Catholic values are part of the debate. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Catholics celebrate 80th birthday of Archbishop John Vlazny

SALEM — He was the spiritual leader of the Catholic Church in western Oregon for 16 years. He’s also like everyone’s favorite uncle. 

About 700 people convened at St. Joseph Parish here to celebrate the 80th birthday of the jovial Archbishop John Vlazny, who took on emeritus status in 2013.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
A day without immigrants: Hundreds of thousands show what the nation would be like without them

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants across the country — including many in Oregon — stepped out of American life Feb. 16. 

They wanted to show what the nation would be like without them. With documents and without, children and adults, they decided not to go to school, to work or to buy. Demonstrations took place in many U.S. cities in opposition to Trump administration proposals to curtail immigration and refugee programs. 

Monday, March 13, 2017
Catholic Charities' supporter Colleen Gardner is inspired by the scope of nonprofit's work
Three years ago, Colleen Gardner sat with her husband, Bill, at Catholic Charities’ annual Celebration of Hope gala. The couple listened to one story after another. Colleen was familiar with the nonprofit but that night realized “the incredible scope of their work.”
Monday, March 13, 2017
A call that costs: Some of the most common scams are enacted over the telephone

Scams and swindlers have existed as long as our species. Crooks always will find clever schemes to defraud people, combining old tricks with new technology. 

Among the most common locally reported scams are those enacted over the telephone, says Sgt. Pete Simpson of the Portland Police Bureau. Nationally, about 1 in 10 adults lost money to a phone scam in 2015, according to Truecaller, a provider of mobile communications apps. Victims lost an average of $274 each.

Sunday, March 12, 2017
Church calls attention to tax credit

Statistics show that many low-income Oregon tax filers are not taking advantage of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. The credit goes to low-wage workers in an effort to move them toward middle-class status. 

Oregon is last in participation. 

Friday, March 10, 2017
WATCH: Fleeing religious persecution in Myanmar, hundreds of Zomi Christians have settled as refugees in Portland
Joseph Pau Lam Mung stands before his community at St. Joseph the Worker Parish after the Zomi Mass one Sunday in January. He had purchased two goats that were slaughtered and cooked in celebration for the evening. One was slaughtered in honor of a Zomi priest visiting the Southeast Portland parish on his way home to Myanmar. The other was slaughtered as a thanks to those who helped welcome and care for his family during their first three months in America.
Friday, March 10, 2017
10 new members join Seminary Tea Committee

The Seminary Tea Committee in February welcomed 10 new members at its annual New Members Coffee, held at the Racquet Club in Portland. 

The committee holds an annual tea that supports the education of Archdiocese of Portland seminarians. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Upcoming Northwest Catholic Counseling Center workshop to use art for healing
Anxiety, depression or mania often impersonate the inner voice that warns us of possible problems. Using art to find the inner voice is both calming and powerful, say leaders of the Northwest Catholic Counseling Center in Portland. 
The center is inviting anyone who is interested to discover his or her inner voice through creativity.  

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Catholic Charities of Oregon: New orders 'gravely affect' refugees

Catholic Charities of Oregon released a statement following President Donald Trump’s new executive order March 6. The nonprofit voiced strong opposition to the order, which imposes a 90-day travel ban on refugees from six predominately Muslim nations. It also suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days, denying all refugees entry during that period.

“Our nation has enacted executive orders that will gravely affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of refugees and their families in the United States and around the world,” read the statement.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
No one is a lost cause

MEDFORD — Charles and Conceição Solis believe God keeps working on us long after we’re born. Members of Sacred Heart Parish here, they offer therapy for struggling children, convinced there are no lost causes.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Anti-Catholic preacher - nothing new in Oregon

Eight men who in late January hurled a fiery message outside St. Peter Church in Southeast Portland do not represent a new phenomenon of the Trump era. Instead, they are part of a long tradition of Christian splinter groups that react virulently to change and see themselves as prophets. 

The group known as Bible Preachers is led by 42-year-old Grant Chisolm. The trendy-dressing vintage shop owner says he doesn’t have an anti-immigrant agenda. He claims instead that he preaches against a culture that has veered from biblical truth. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Bomb threat made to Portland Jewish community center
The Portland Police Bureau is investigating a bomb threat to the Mittleman Jewish Community Center on Southwest Capital Highway in Portland.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Abby's Closet hosts gown giveaway
High school women will walk away with a free prom dress during Abby’s Closet’s 13th annual prom gown giveaway. Held March 18 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and March 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, the event will feature more than 6,000 prom dresses ranging from size 0-26.
Monday, March 6, 2017
Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women luminary turns 100

A former international concerns chair for the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women, Giny Jackson escaped from communist territory after World War II and has always been mindful of people in need. 

For many years, she maintained connections with the Little Sisters of St. Francis in Zambia and gathered donations for water and other supplies for their convent and school. 

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Record-setting $631,000 raised for Providence Child Center
Providence’s Heart of Gold fundraiser began with a standing ovation and ended with an outpouring of generosity as a record-setting $631,000 was raised for the Providence Child Center and the Center for Medically Fragile Children.
Friday, March 3, 2017
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Thursday, March 2, 2017
Neighbors helping neighbors
Connections multiply, reaching out in unexpected directions, when neighbors help neighbors. And it’s not uncommon to find Catholic Charities at the center of this kind of web of outreach and hope.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Former Mount Angel Monk Elected First Prior of Mexico Foundation
CUERNAVACA, Morelos, Mexico — Benedictine Konrad Schaefer has been elected as the first prior of Mount Angel Abbey’s daughterhouse here.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Quality and aesthetics weren't sacrificed in Catholic Charities low-income housing project
Neighbors are optimistic about the new St. Francis Park Apartments in Southeast Portland. “The mission is great, basing it around low-income housing and transitional shelter for those who need it,” says Matthew Kirkpatrick, a former member of the Buckman Neighborhood Board. 
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Family Success Center: A practical way out of poverty

Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger — and encourage budgeting?

The works of mercy have been at the heart of Catholic Charities’ outreach in western Oregon, as the agency tends to the acute needs of people who are poor and also advocates for social justice. 

To fulfill its mission even more effectively, however, the nonprofit for the past several years has given clients practical skills to grow their financial literacy, their savings accounts and, ultimately, their dreams for the future.

Monday, February 27, 2017
WATCH: Migrant support proclaimed

“We need to be in solidarity with them, to stand with them, no matter what their status, because they are all sons and daughters of a merciful and loving God,” said Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample. 

Monday, February 27, 2017
Pastors get reminder on death penalty

Oregon’s Catholic pastors are about to be reminded that Archbishop Alexander Sample issued a strong statement Nov. 23 in opposition to capital punishment.

Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, a group seeking to overturn Oregon’s law allowing executions, will send the reminder in hope that the message will get out to more of the state’s 431,000 Catholics. 

Friday, February 24, 2017
Local business helps Father Bernard Youth Center
MOUNT ANGEL — The Father Bernard Youth Center kitchen got a shiny upgrade with the help of GEM Equipment. The company, based in Mount Angel and Woodburn, donated a commercial-grade stainless steel countertop unit
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Rice Bowl set
The Rice Bowl program, a longstanding Lenten donation effort, is set again for western Oregon Catholics. For decades, youngsters have saved and slipped coins into a small paper bowl, symbolic of the way many people in the world survive. Moms and dads tend to add bills, perhaps linking the donations to simple meals during Lent.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Green Rain for medically fragile children at Kells on Tuesday
For the past 22 years, Kells’ patrons have taken part in the annual tradition of throwing cash to the ceiling of the pub. With a little bit of luck, the bills and coins donated stick to the ceiling until the annual green rain ceiling sweep event.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Oregon seminarian uses expertise to fix classmates' bikes, spread love of two-wheel transport

The cobblestone streets of Rome are rough on bicycles. That includes two-wheelers ridden by Catholic seminarians at the Pontifical North American College.

One outdoorsy priest-in-training from the Archdiocese of Portland decided his 250 peers in the Eternal City needed an expert when it comes to bike fixes. Peter Julia, a former bicycle mechanic, proposed that the school open an on-campus repair shop. A student committee consented and put Julia in charge. 

Monday, February 20, 2017
Police chief calms Latinos' fears

Portland Police Chief Mike Marshman has made an effort to reach out to the city’s Latinos as pressure intensifies on immigrants. 

Shortly after the election of President Donald Trump, who promised tough policy on immigration, Marshman sent out a letter to Latino leaders. 

“We remain committed to helping keep you safe,” the police chief wrote. “With the election over and the fear of changes that are to come, we, the Portland Police Bureau, recognize that these feelings are real and uncertainty is spreading among members of the community.”

Friday, February 17, 2017
New minister: We can evangelize

The new director of Hispanic ministry for the Archdiocese of Portland sees himself not only as serving Latino Catholics, but as energizing them to evangelize western Oregon.  

Deacon  Félix García, who has served at Shepherd of the Valley Parish in Central Point for nine years, says Hispanics are well suited to bring the Gospel to all kinds of cultures.  

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Communication and joy

NEWBERG — Aboard a U.S. Navy ship during World War II, Claude Arrington received a regular ration of cigarettes. But the slim sailor didn’t smoke. Instead, he sold the packs, sending the profit to his wife, Yvette. 

“We bought furniture for our first house with that,” Yvette says, smiling at her sweetheart more than seven decades later. 

A common faith, thinking as a team, being flexible and arguing candidly but respectfully are among the keys for this pair, named Oregon’s longest married couple after a search by Worldwide Marriage Encounter. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Knights sponsor annual pro-life dance
EUGENE — The Eugene Knights of Columbus Council 1430 will hold the group’s annual Valentine pro-life dinner dance Feb. 18 at O’Hara School Auditorium in Eugene at 5:30 p.m. 
Monday, February 13, 2017
Archbishop turns 80
St. Joseph Parish in Salem hosted a Mass and celebration for the 80th birthday of Archbishop John Vlazny, former head of the Archdiocese of Portland. More coverage to come.

Monday, February 13, 2017
Housing group on way to Vatican-led meeting

A Portland community service group has been invited to attend a Vatican conference on grassroots movements, a pet project of Pope Francis. 

Proud Ground has established a land trust and a funding pool so low-income families can purchase homes, even in Portland’s roaring housing market. Two representatives from the organization will attend the World Meeting of Popular Movements Feb. 16-19 in Modesto, California.

Friday, February 10, 2017
Walking for life
College-age Knights of Columbus from Oregon State University and University of Oregon traveled to San Francisco for the West Coast Walk for Life Saturday Jan. 21.
Friday, February 10, 2017
Dwelling on transitions

A Southeast Portland house that served as a Catholic hospice is now a place for another kind of transition. The home of the late Bob and Evelyn Dieringer of Holy Family Parish will shelter a community of women seeking to make a move from life on the streets. 

After homeless Portlanders froze in severe weather, attention has turned to better mental health care with housing. The new Martha and Mary Home is on top of that mission. 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Catholic Charities receives major grants

Health provider Kaiser Permanente has awarded Catholic Charities of Oregon almost $323,000 over three-and-a -half years to pay mental health workers to lead a program for homeless veterans. The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust also awarded Catholic Charities a grant for $259,000, spanning three years. 

The grants will support housing and health care for people with severe mental illness and substance use disorders.


Monday, February 6, 2017
Embracing discomfort: How are schools doing in their efforts to serve African-Americans?

Part of a series on race in Catholic schools, this piece is the second of two focused on African-Americans

The night the Michael Brown verdict was issued, Jesuit High School Principal Paul Hogan received an email from a distraught African-American student. “My classmates and I are quite upset, but a lot of our white friends don’t understand,” Hogan recalled the young woman writing. 

A grand jury had decided not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson for the death of 18-year-old Brown. Wilson, who is white, shot and killed the unarmed black teen in a 2014 incident that — together with subsequent high-profile police shootings — stoked heated discussions about race and policing in America. 

Monday, February 6, 2017
Human shield protects parishioners

Father Raúl Marquez had never seen anything like it. Eight men walked to the front door of St. Peter Church in Southeast Portland Jan. 29 and began bellowing during the Spanish Mass. Dressed like hunters, they accused worshipers of not being true Christians, questioned the sexual morals of the women and harangued the congregation for being made up of immigrants.

Monday, February 6, 2017
Jubilation, grief and even some pro-life outreach at Women's March

Catholics weighed options and many attended the Women’s March on the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

For many Catholics, horrified by what they heard as crude and demeaning language on the campaign trail, it felt like a chance to regroup and mourn. 

Other Catholics, whether they voted for the new president or not, never considered rallying with people who support abortion and gay marriage.

Yet other Catholics were torn.

Friday, February 3, 2017
Marylhurst to host speaker series on social justice

Marylhurst University is hosting a series of talks on issues relating to social justice beginning Feb. 23 with “Mind the Gaps: How Gender Shapes Our Lives,” led by Jade Aguilar, assistant professor of sociology and women’s and gender studies at Willamette University. All talks will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Old Library in the BP John Administration Building.


Friday, February 3, 2017
Two abuse suits filed
Two lawsuits filed Feb. 1 in U.S. District Court in Portland claim that two brothers, now 59 and 60, were sexually abused as boys by the late Father James Harris and the late Father Maurice Grammond.
Friday, February 3, 2017
Betting it all: A look at compulsive gambling and Oregon's reliance on lottery revenue

In her mid-30s, Suzanne Slavich walked into a bar in her coastal Oregon town. She wasn’t feeling fulfilled in her life. As she sat pensively at the bar, she saw the video lottery machine across the room. She didn’t gamble much, but she thought she would give it a spin.

It wasn’t long before a couple of dollars turned into $150 in winnings. It was easy money. So she kept playing and kept winning. It felt like she was always winning.

“It seemed very innocent in the beginning,” Slavich says.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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