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Oregon seminarian uses expertise to fix classmates' bikes, spread love of two-wheel transport
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Peter Julia, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Portland, is a former bicycle mechanic who has opened a free repair service for fellow students at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. 

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Peter Julia, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Portland, is a former bicycle mechanic who has opened a free repair service for fellow students at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. 

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

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
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
Trafficking activist in Mexico

A Portland anti-human-trafficking activist is in Mexico City where he has been invited to work with a Mexican organization that assists women in prostitution. The organization has asked Brian Willis of St. Mary Cathedral to assess the unmet needs of prostituted women who are mothers. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Oregon's commitment to refugees affirmed

Catholic Charities of Oregon and several refugee support and advocacy organizations serving the state issued a statement Jan. 25 in anticipation of President Donald Trump’s executive orders on refugee resettlement. 

“Oregon has a long history of welcoming refugee families dating as far back as 1948, when Congress passed the Displaced Persons Act,” read the statement from Catholic Charities, Lutheran Community Services Northwest, Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, and Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Grant combines mental health, housing

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.


Monday, January 30, 2017
Madonna Center becomes Madonna Center for Life
MILWAUKIE — The Madonna Center for Life, formally known as the Madonna Center, has taken the new year to step into a new mission and will soon be opening its doors to families and parents beyond just teenagers
Friday, January 27, 2017
Forgotten souls remembered during Lone Fir tour
In October, the pathways winding through Lone Fir Cemetery are blanketed with leaves from the flora above. The sight is quintessential for autumn in the de-facto arboretum. Amid the splendor are gravestones dating back to 1846. Lone Fir is one of the oldest cemeteries in Portland and the city’s second largest arboretum with more than 700 trees.
Friday, January 27, 2017
UP welcomes displaced
The University of Portland opened its former athletic center as a temporary shelter for 51 of the 64 people displaced by a Jan. 4 fire at a Portland low-income apartment. Residents of  Hotel Alder moved in Jan. 6 and stayed for a week, when longer-term accommodations were set. U.P. worked with the American Red Cross and Central City Concern and other community partners to provide a safe location for residents until the apartments were reopened.
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Building faith along with ships

From 1943 to 1945, the Catholic Sentinel ran a prominent public service announcement:

“For the benefit of shipyard employees and others who must work on Sundays, the following special list of early Sunday morning Masses is being printed.”

Then followed an inventory of about 20 churches. St. Mary Cathedral, Holy Redeemer, St. Peter, St. Patrick and many others held Masses at 6 a.m. Msgr. Thomas Tobin at All Saints woke up early for a 5 a.m. Mass. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
WATCH: High tech for seniors in Mount Angel

MOUNT ANGEL — Bert Bernards, 94, doesn’t know much about iPads. But the former member of St. Paul Parish in St. Paul does like to eat. 

That’s why Bernards is getting to like the digital tablets, which show him the full menu at Providence Benedictine Nursing Center here. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Ag company gives gift to youth center

MOUNT ANGEL — The Father Bernard Youth Center here has received a $5,000 grant from Wilbur-Ellis, a local agriculture supply wholesaler. Don Robison, executive director of the Catholic retreat center, says the money will go toward maintenance, repairs and upgrading outdoor spaces.

The center opened a decade ago and has hosted about 20,000 retreatants since then.

Sunday, January 22, 2017
WATCH: A grandson of slaves ascends to leadership

In 1931, 5-year-old Robert Hughley stayed with friends while his mother joined a mournful caravan. A half dozen automobiles clanked 500 miles from Birmingham, Alabama, to central Louisiana to bury Robert’s uncle — at least the detached head. The uncle had been lynched and the body never found. 

Hughley, a member of St. Andrew Parish in Portland who turns 91 in February, did not hear the gruesome details until he was in his 50s with a wife and six children. Even then, he’d had to badger his mother to explain why everyone spoke of the funeral in whispers. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Walking to Bethlehem

The life of Jesuit Father John “Jack” Morris reads like an adventure novel — the good kind, where there’s an inspiring hero rather than a cynical antihero.

It’s also a life, as his biographer Barbara Underwood Scharff says, that is punctuated by “major movements of the Holy Spirit.”

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Priest-author to lead retreat

BEAVERTON — Father Michael Gaitley, bestselling author, comes to St. Cecilia Parish to lead a Feb. 10-12 retreat called Mercy and Mary.

The weekend begins Friday and includes five presentations by Father Gaitley, part of the Marian Missionaries of Divine Mercy, an outreach of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, Gaitley’s Stockbridge, Massachusetts-based religious order

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Rally draws hundreds of pro-life hopefuls

Despite the freezing temperatures and snow-packed Portland roads, hundreds of locals turned up at the Oregon Convention Center Jan. 15 to mark the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.

People from around the state gathered to hear leaders of Oregon’s pro-life movement speak about their hopes for a reversal of the 1973 decision that legalized abortion.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
The joyful composer
Students from Catholic schools around Oregon remember Holy Names Sister Marianne Misetich as the happy music teacher who brought them on stage for musicals. Catholics around the country know her simple, stirring and melodic worship music, including “The Whole World is Waiting for Love.” 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
CYO volleyball: Strong play ends strong season
Catholic Youth Organization completed the volleyball season Nov. 19. Fans were treated to games that revealed hard work, athleticism and sportsmanship.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
MLK Mass message for faithful
Portland’s snow-packed roads were no match for the warm spirit inside St. Mary Cathedral for the 29th annual Martin Luther King Mass Saturday, Jan. 14. The Mass honored the life and legacy of the great American civil rights and spiritual leader.
Monday, January 16, 2017
WATCH: In Old Town: New name, same mission

An agency that has worked to prevent isolation among residents of Portland’s Old Town has hit its silver anniversary.  

The Maybelle Center for Community — once known as the Macdonald Center — was established by Holy Cross Father Richard Berg. In the late 1980s, Father Berg was assigned as pastor of the Catholic parish in Old Town, home to a large part of Portland’s homeless population. Father Berg, a trained psychologist, told staff and parishioners that loneliness and isolation intensify the problems of homelessness and that community might be the way out. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017
Expert to speak on ADHD
In his private practice, Greg Crosby hosts workshops about adult attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and regularly works with adults diagnosed with the disorder. The therapist has taken his lengthy experience working with adult ADHD and co-authored a book, “Transforming ADHD,” which provides insight on the disorder and practical tools and motivation. 
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Martin Luther King Masses

Two Martin Luther King Masses are of special note next weekend. Archbishop Alexander Sample will preside at the 5:30 p.m. vigil Mass Saturday, Jan. 14, at St. Mary Cathedral, 1716 NW Davis St. in Portland.

St. Andrew Parish will present its Dr. King Celebration Mass 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 15, at Saint Andrew Church, 806 NE Alberta St. Portland.

Monday, January 9, 2017
$1 million gift to Blanchet

In his will, a Portland businessman has left $1 million for Blanchet House of Hospitality, the largest gift from an individual in the helping organization’s 64-year history. 

Bob Franz, graduate of Columbia Prep and the University of Notre Dame, died at age 92 in August. He is remembered as an astute business owner, a philanthropist and a loyal friend.  


Saturday, January 7, 2017
Judge has been the court's constitutional conscience

President Ronald Reagan phoned early Aug. 8, 1986. Diarmuid O’Scannlain, an esteemed Portland attorney, was just emerging from the shower. He hustled down to take the call in nothing but a towel. 

The 40th president, in his amiable way, informed O’Scannlain that he was the nominee for an open seat on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals — just a level below the U.S. Supreme Court.   

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Providence says some baby names take the cake
Providence St. Vincent Medical Center on Portland’s west side and Providence Portland Medical Center on the east side track the most popular baby names annually and release the results about now. At St. Vincent, Olivia took top spot for the girls, and Henry for the baby boys. On the east side, Sophia edged out Olivia and Oliver passed up Henry.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Fueled by faith, St. Therese student combats Satan club

Anthony Nguyen, an eighth-grader at St. Therese School in Northeast Portland, is the kind of student who stands up to a bully and scoots over to make room for the new kid at the lunch table. He’s devoted to his Catholic faith and believes faith means action. 

So, when Nguyen learned that a program dubbed the “After School Satan Club” was coming to a nearby public school, he came up with a plan: a Change.org petition against it.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Ag company gives gift to youth center
MOUNT ANGEL — The Father Bernard Youth Center here has received a $5,000 grant from Wilbur-Ellis, a local agriculture supply wholesaler. Don Robison, executive director of the Catholic retreat center, says the money will go toward maintenance, repairs and upgrading outdoor spaces.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Agency earns March of Dimes grant
SALEM — Catholic Community Services, leader of the Fostering Hope Initiative to aid at-risk children and youths, has received a grant from March of Dimes. The money will go for programs helping at least 30 pregnant and parenting teens and young women in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties.
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Death penalty ban welcomed
A group seeking to erase the death penalty in Oregon is hailing Gov. Kate Brown’s October announcement that she would continue a ban on executions.
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Grotto rector retires after 25 years
After 25 years, Servite Father Jack Topper will retire from service at the National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother — the Grotto. He has been the face of the sanctuary for a generation and was the guiding force behind modernization, beautification, and greater visitor outreach.
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
A life-giving gift

It was Christmas Eve morning, and down a corridor of Oregon Health & Science University Hospital in Portland, past the nurses’ station and amid the drip of morphine and green glow of medical monitoring equipment, a small choir sang of Christ’s birth.

The music was a gift to two patients — one wrapped in a bathrobe and the other propped up in bed — yet all present felt the magnitude of a gift given two days before.

On Dec. 22, 2015, Jean Czuba donated a kidney to Nellie Malany, whose chronic kidney disease had left the essential organs barely functioning.

Thursday, December 22, 2016
Parish need not pay property tax for rectory
The Oregon Tax Court ruled Dec. 19 that St. Mary, Star of the Sea Parish in Astoria need not pay property tax on its rectory.
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
PR society honors Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon communications chief
BEAVERTON — Barbara Kerr, who leads communications for the Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon, has received the 2016 William W. Marsh Lifetime Achievement Award from the Public Relations Society of America Portland Metro Chapter.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Start the new year off right with the Oregon Catholic Directory
The updates were entered, the type was set and now the pages of the 2017 Oregon Catholic Directory are fresh off the press, the ink still slightly damp. It’s time for the directory to go out to parishes and individuals.
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Czech hosts become guests

Gladly returning a favor of hospitality, Blanchet Catholic School in Salem and Archbishop John Vlazny last month hosted 19 Czech nationals, including 15 students from Biskupské Gymnázium, a Catholic high school in Zdar nad Sazavou, a city of 24,000 near the center of the Czech Republic. 


Saturday, December 17, 2016
His is a 'modern kind of holy'

She entered his office fraught with anxiety. Most children don’t enjoy going to the dentist, but for 8-year-old Catherine, it was terrifying. Born with a rare chromosome abnormality, her severe developmental disability meant the world often was confusing and scary.

Dr. Peter Lax couldn’t help her understand why her mouth needed to be poked and prodded, but he knew how to work efficiently, treat her gently and show her love.

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Mobile homes saved from redevelopment
In a year that’s seeing record rent spikes even in East Portland, with more families doubling up to afford housing, the residents of Oak Leaf Mobile Home Park won an unlikely victory earlier this month. They’ll continue to pay less than $500 a month in many cases for their mobile homes, a price nearly unheard of in Portland.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016

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