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Fatherhood helped convert them
Gwyn family
Will Gwyn plays football with some of his boys. Gwyn, a member of Holy Family Parish in Southeast Portland, says being a father is the closest participation he has in the life of God.
Gwyn family
Will Gwyn plays football with some of his boys. Gwyn, a member of Holy Family Parish in Southeast Portland, says being a father is the closest participation he has in the life of God.
As Father’s Day approaches, we focused on a neighborhood and spoke with three Southeast Portland Catholic dads. They explained what fatherhood has meant to them, how they have become better because of their wives and children, and how fatherhood was part of a conversion experience.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Auto dealer contributes to Providence
Providence Health and Services’ most fragile patients received love from Carr Subaru Beaverton and Subaru of America — $105,822 worth of it.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Vigil for peace were held after Belgium attacks
Those at the vigil carried signs and candles, and cars passing by offered a steady stream of honking and thumbs up in response.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Archdiocesan pilgrimage to Rome
Archbishop Vlazny will lead a special Year of Mercy pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi Oct. 1-9, and there's still time to sign up.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Agency aims to offer 'conscientious marketing'
A new marketing communications agency devoted to socially conscious work began operation late last year in Oregon. Harmer Collaborative works only with nonprofits and organizations driven by good causes.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Filipino Catholics' singular May tradition
A colorful procession with girls dressed as queens, angels and biblical characters wound around the Grotto grounds at the end of May, with hundreds of Filipino Catholics taking part.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Celebrating lives of service
Ten priests in the Archdiocese of Portland, four diocesan priests and six from religious communities, are celebrating their golden jubilees this year. They share the stories of their lives here — rich in faith, service and love.
Monday, June 20, 2016
Seminary Tea raises more than $32,000
Organizers of the Seminary Tea, which assists Archdiocese of Portland seminarians with the costs of priestly formation, have announced proceeds from the April 27 event.  
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Scout project honors veterans
Dawson Durig, who is a member of Wilsonville Boy Scout Troup 194, took on a massive project to honor veterans at the historic pioneer Pleasant View Cemetery in Sherwood.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Priest reassignments announced - updated photos
The Archdiocese of Portland has released priest reassignments due to take effect this summer. A story with photos of all the newly assigned priests will appear in the June 17 Catholic Sentinel.
Friday, June 17, 2016
Sisters' prayer center to close in a year
MOUNT ANGEL – The Benedictine Sisters of Mount Angel have announced that they will close Shalom Prayer Center in June 2017.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Peace priest remembered
The weekly Washington County Peace Vigil noted the April 30 passing of Jesuit Father Daniel Berrigan.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Flying towards the best in Oregon's summer fun
In Bermuda, the people fly kites on Good Friday, with the hopeful, fragile constructions of paper, sticks and string symbolizing Christ’s victory over death, and our universal desire to be lifted up and into God’s arms. In Oregon, our annual kite-flying tradition — the Lincoln City Kite Festival —  comes a bit later, in summer, but it’s no less magnificent, and the weather is definitely better than in March or April.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Sprinter dedicates races to grandfather
Before he won the 200-meter and 100-meter sprints at the CYO meet of champions May 15 at Jesuit High School, Philip Abraham III pointed subtly, briefly skyward.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Survey shows print is preferred for now
ROSEBURG — The excited winner of an iPad Mini in a drawing among Sentinel survey takers says she’ll need to learn to use the gadget.
Monday, June 13, 2016
Holy Names Sisters mark jubilees
MARYLHURST — Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary who first professed their vows 50 years ago will celebrate their Golden Jubilee and renew their vows Saturday, June 11 in the Chapel of Holy Names in the Provincial House here.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Longtime reporter named Sentinel editor
A reporter who has written for the Catholic Sentinel for more than 23 years has been named new editor of the paper and its Spanish sister publication, El Centinela. Archbishop Alexander Sample made the decision last month.
Sunday, June 12, 2016
Climate leader to speak on peace and climate change
Jeffrey Sachs will speak on “Peace, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Goals” 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Monday, June 13 at Our Lady of the Lake parish hall.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Exonerated man decries Oregon's death penalty law
No one has a higher right than Kirk Bloodsworth to wear a garish necktie decorated with the double helix of DNA.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
Commencement for seminarians
MOUNT ANGEL — Psalm 103 — “The fields are ripe! O bless the Lord, our God!" echoed through the Abbey Church last month as Mount Angel Seminary celebrated its annual baccalaureate Mass and commencement exercises. It was the end of the 127th year of forming men for priesthood.
Friday, June 10, 2016
School water being tested
Lab workers are testing water at Catholic schools in western Oregon to make sure lead levels are safe. No problems have yet been reported.
Friday, June 10, 2016
Retreat set for Saturday on caring for earth with mercy
Parishes are invited to a retreat on caring for our common home 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at the Archdiocese of Portland Pastoral Center.
Friday, June 10, 2016
Oktoberfest grant funds youth activities
MOUNT ANGEL — A growing Catholic youth retreat center here has received a $2,400 grant from Mount Angel Oktoberfest.
Friday, June 10, 2016
She showed grit as a child at Auschwitz
Eva Mozes Kor has forgiven the Nazis who used her as a lab rat.
Friday, June 10, 2016
Ministers explore interconnectedness
Last fall, on Respect Life Sunday and the Feast of St. Francis, 50 western Oregon Catholics gathered for an afternoon of spiritual inspiration, another look at “Laudato Si’” and parish social ministry training.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Heading to higher ground

People who aren’t Catholic often, reasonably, think that the Archdiocese of Portland is — well — Portland. So, in giving advice on how the Archdiocese of Portland should prepare for “the big one,” Steve Eberlein of the Red Cross’s Cascades Region naturally focuses on the need for the city’s residents to talk with neighbors and the importance of stockpiling water in a big earthquake’s aftermath. “You’re never going to regret having too much water,” he says.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Parishes can be good neighbors in emergencies
Catholics in the Archdiocese of Portland experienced a mild preview of what an earthquake feels like 23 years ago, when a 5.7 magnitude earthquake jolted the Mount Angel area in March 1993.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Now consecrating the blood
“He was born a priest,” says Ignatius Ugoh of his cousin, Father Anthony Chijioke Ahamefule.
Along with Fathers Arjie Dacua Garcia and Tetzel Umingli, Father Ahamefule was ordained a priest this Saturday, in the cool inside the Cathedral as a nearly 100-degree heat wave gathered force outside.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Family time with the Timbers
The Portland Timbers are taking on the San Jose Quakes on Wednesday, June 14, and the Archdiocese of Portland’s Marriage & Family Life Office is inviting couples and families to join in on the fun. 
Monday, June 6, 2016
WATCH: New model for old mission
EUGENE — Gary Madison was drunk for a decade. The Eugene Mission is helping him get ready for a job, an apartment of his own and a life without booze.
Monday, June 6, 2016
Catholic women invited to call on the Holy Spirit
GRESHAM — Call on the Holy Spirit in your life, Father Robert Krueger told a gathering of Catholic Women in Portland May 9.
Sunday, June 5, 2016
Honors for Oregon Catholic publications
ST. LOUIS — Oregon publications took home 19 awards from the Catholic Media Convention, held here at the beginning of June. First place honors went to the Catholic Sentinel for its coverage of the Jubilee Year of Mercy and El Centinela for its reporting on Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba and the U.S.
Saturday, June 4, 2016
Ordination set for three at cathedral
Three men will be ordained priests of the Archdiocese of Portland at a Mass set for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4.
Friday, June 3, 2016
Catholic groups lobby Illinois governor
CHICAGO (CNS) — Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago and social service providers throughout the state are hoping that Gov. Bruce Rauner signs a stopgap measure that would provide $700 million to agencies that have been waiting for payment for contracted services to the poor and vulnerable since the budget impasse began July 1, 2015.
Friday, June 3, 2016
Jubilee Mass to celebrate people with special needs
Pope Francis has announced the weekend of June 11-12 as a Jubilee celebration for people with special needs. Bishop Kenneth Steiner and Father Matt Libra will lead a Mass set for 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 12, at St. Rose Church, 2727 NE 54th Ave. in Portland.
Friday, June 3, 2016
Portland parishes support neighbors
Portland’s affordable housing crisis is knocking on the door for residents of 34 homes in the Oak Leaf Mobile Home Park in the Cully neighborhood. The owner of that park is planning to sell the property, potentially leaving the mobile homes’ residents, some of whom have already experienced homelessness, homeless again.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Ignore the church schedule and serve the people, pope tells deacons

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Deacons are called to be servants who set aside their own self-serving plans and are generous with their lives, Pope Francis said. A servant "is not a slave to his own agenda," but rather always is prepared for the unexpected and responds, even if that means ignoring the parish schedule, the pope said May 29 at a Mass for the Jubilee of Deacons in St. Peter's Square.


Thursday, June 2, 2016
Cinco de Mayo Mass puts Hispanic faith far forward
More than 800 Catholics singing to the blare of trumpets and the melody of strings let Portland hear their voices May 8. It was the 19th annual Mass held during Portland’s Cinco de Mayo celebrations.
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Pope asks Christians to pray for Syrian children on June 1

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis called on Catholics and Orthodox Christians to pray for children in Syria who are suffering because of the ongoing conflict in the country. "The children of Syria invite children from all over the world to join in their prayer for peace" on International Children's Day June 1, he said.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016
As Paulists leave, one priest hopes someone will pick up street ministry
A local priest has been one of scores of volunteers who arrive under a Portland’s bridge each week to help homeless people care for a precious resource: their feet.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Holocaust remembered
On May 5, a small, solemn group convened in Pioneer Courthouse Square and took turns reading the names of Jews who died in the Holocaust.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
WATCH: 'As we receive mercy, so we must show it'
Lines for confessionals lasted for more than three hours May 18 during a Jubilee Year of Mercy event at the Grotto in Portland.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016
World must dial down aggression
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Help wipe out bullying and aggression by being better listeners and offering concrete gestures of tolerance and patience, Pope Francis told a group of top YouTubers from around the world.
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Head of victim family group to speak in Portland
Those who lose a loved one to murder feel unimaginable sadness, sorrow, rage and anger. But members of Murder Victim Families for Reconciliation explain that the death penalty doesn’t help. Instead, they say things like: “Don’t kill in my name”, or “An execution is only more violence and does not bring closure.”
Monday, May 30, 2016
Speaker calls for cooperation on homelessness
The first fundraiser for the two-year-old Community of Hope shelter was held at the North Star Ballroom this month. Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek congratulated the women’s shelter on its success and held it out as an example of what needs to be done to address Oregon’s homeless crisis.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Music at California missions was beautiful, innovative
History has sound, not only text and visual images. What’s more, sound from the past might have a bearing on the present. Oregon Catholics can keep that mind when making the popular pilgrimage route south to 18th century California missions.  


Sunday, May 29, 2016
Abbey's books a form of evangelization
ST. BENEDICT — An out-of-the way hilltop in rural Oregon is home to one of the region’s best collections of medieval and early Renaissance books.
Saturday, May 28, 2016
Slain student remembered
BEAVERTON — More than 700 people who packed Holy Trinity Church here April 23 sought comfort and community as they dealt with the murder of an innocent.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Monastery-like mausoleum marks a century
Memorial Day is among the busiest of the year at Riverview Abbey. But even then, the expansive mausoleum and funeral home above the Willamette River is peaceful and monastic.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Priest sentenced for attempted luring
VANCOUVER, Wash. — A former pastor of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Scappoose has been sentenced to serve time for an attempted luring that took place two years ago in Vancouver, Wash.
Thursday, May 26, 2016
They are praying for Venezuela
TIGARD — St. Anthony Church in Tigard is hosting prayer for Venezuela, a nation in turmoil, at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 28. The downturn in international oil prices in 2015 sent Venezuela's oil-dependent economy into freefall, immersing the country in an unprecedented crisis marked by shortages of food and medicine and social unrest.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016


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