CYO/Camp Howard Xavier Wright careens down a water slide on a hot day at Camp Howard.
In following it’s 62-year-long mission to “Make Great Memories for Kids,” Camp Howard offered a fun summer interlude for 1,417 campers. Some were the third or fourth generation of their families to take part since Camp Howard opened in 1953.
Catholic hospitals in Oregon get almost all of their transfusion blood from Bloodworks Northwest, a local supplier few Oregonians have heard of. But the majority of the state’s donors, including Catholic parishes and schools, roll up their sleeves for the better-known Red Cross. Tuesday, September 1, 2015
St. Mary Cathedral bells, cast in 1885, began ringing in the current cathedral tower in 1926. In recent decades, however, they've been mostly silent. Now they're traveling east to Ohio to be refurbished.
The Archdiocese of Portland plans to stay in talks with an all-girls school that now says it will welcome employees who enter same-sex unions recognized as marriages by civil authorities in Oregon. Thursday, August 27, 2015
A charitable organization founded by an Archdiocese of Portland permanent deacon has sent another 40-foot container loaded with supplies and a four wheel drive pickup to a school in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In the letter to parishes and schools, Archbishop Alexander Sample says the Archdiocese of Portland and St. Francis Parish in Sherwood owe “a debt of gratitude” to a teen boy who discovered a spy camera in a bathroom used by altar servers, and to the boy’s family, who diligently made sure police knew about the incident. Friday, August 21, 2015
More than 130 participants gathered for the 33rd Summer Conference July 29-Aug. 2 on the University of Portland campus. The annual event, a retreat for all ages, included activities for the young and not-so-young. It was a time of reflection and renewal, deepening of faith, and experience of the Church.
SHERWOOD — Police now say Father Ysrael Bien, on administrative leave from his role as pastor of St. Francis Parish in Sherwood, purchased a spy camera later found in a church bathroom. Wednesday, August 19, 2015
MILWAUKIE — John Brockamp hadn’t ridden a bicycle in 70 years. But on Aug. 9, the 86-year-old Parkinson’s patient pedaled over seven Portland bridges in a benefit ride sponsored by Providence Health System. He was one of more than 20,000 riders in the Providence Bridge Pedal. Tuesday, August 18, 2015
ST. BENEDICT — The 44th annual Abbey Bach Festival was a barnburner. With temperatures at the picnic hovering in the nineties, guests sought out shady spots under the cedar trees at hilltop Mount Angel Abbey. Friday, August 14, 2015
MOUNT ANGEL — In a lean summer when staffing levels made it difficult to fulfill even necessary fundraisers, the business community stepped it up to assist the Father Bernard Youth Center in hosting its 9th annual golf fundraiser. Thursday, August 13, 2015
Call the Oregon Province of Jesuits and ask who can explain how the community ticks. You’ll receive the names of a few priests. But you also get referred to lay people who are part of the mission. That’s the Jesuit way: Do what it takes to further God’s glory. Thursday, August 13, 2015
Some members of the board of directors of the Salem Catholic Schools Foundation have a long history with the organization. John Daczewitz was elected in 1984. Kevin Mannix and Jackie Carey were chosen in 1985. Jim Fahlstrom served from 1982 until 1983, then returned to the board in 1993 and has stayed ever since. Wednesday, August 12, 2015
About 70 members of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Portland came to Lloyd Center shopping mall the afternoon of Aug. 8 not to find deals but to be plain dealers. Before mall security shut down the project, the Catholic crew made the rounds letting shoppers know that God loves them. Tuesday, August 11, 2015
More than 350 hundred pro-life supporters rallied in front of the Planned Parenthood building in Beaverton on July 28. The rally was part of the “Women Betrayed” nationwide rallies organized by Students for Life for America calling for state governments and the federal government to investigate and defund Planned Parenthood. Monday, August 10, 2015
Divino Salvado (Be merciful as your father is merciful) will celebrate the inauguration dinner for the organization from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, at St. James Parish, 301 Frances St., Molalla. The cost is $30 per person. Monday, August 10, 2015
ST. BENEDICT — More than 500 guests attended the first annual St. Benedict Festival, held July 11 at Mount Angel Abbey. In true Benedictine tradition, the monks welcomed all guests as Christ. Sunday, August 9, 2015
Who's that archbishop on the bike? It's Archbishop Alexander Sample, leading Our Lady of the Lake's "Ride with OLL" - or ROLL - set for August 30. Riders can participate in a 15-mile, 6-mile or 1-mile ride, and there's plenty of fun for non-riders as well. Friday, August 7, 2015
Pilgrimages are surging. Medieval inns on the roads to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, closed for centuries, are reopening for streams of visitors. In 1985, 2,491 people received the path’s certificate of completion; more than 270,000 received one in 2010. Thursday, August 6, 2015
St. Helen Parish in Junction City and St. Paul's in Eugene are participating in Junction City’s Scandinavian Festival, running 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (to 8 p.m. on Sunday), Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 6-9. Wednesday, August 5, 2015
SALEM — Blanchet Catholic School has named Dan Campbell as head varsity baseball coach. Campbell has coached for 28 years, including positions at Corvallis High School, La Grande High School, and most recently Newberg High School, where he helped the team ascend and eventually win a state title. Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Sofia Deatherage, 14, took her faith and applied it to earn a rare Silver Award from the Girl Scouts. Deatherage remodeled a living area and created a library at Tigard’s Good Neighbor Center earlier this year. Deatherage, who graduated from Valley Catholic Middle School this spring, earned a Girl Scout Silver Award for the project. Sunday, August 2, 2015
This year’s Providence Bridge Pedal on Sunday, Aug. 9, offers cyclists a way to “pedal their way into history” because it includes the first public crossing of Tilikum Crossing, “Bridge of the People,” the region’s new bridge over the Willamette River. The unique car-free bridge will then close until its Sept. 12 grand opening.
University of Portland has received a $100,000 gift from John Becic, who graduated in 1952 with a degree in accounting. With his gift, the university has established the John Becic Distinguished Professorship in Accounting within the Pamplin School of Business. A portion of his gift will provide support for recent and future upgrades of Joe Etzel Field and the university’s baseball program. Friday, July 31, 2015
Msgr. Frank Campbell, 89, died Sunday, July 26. A funeral Mass will be held at St Mary’s Cathedral in Portland at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7. Msgr. Campbell had served as principal of Central Catholic; pastor of St. Mary Magdalene, St. Mary Cathedral, and St. Edward, North Plains; and chaplain to St. Mary of the Valley, Beaverton. Wednesday, July 29, 2015
This year’s Providence Bridge Pedal on Sunday, Aug. 9, offers cyclists a way to “pedal their way into history” because it includes the first public crossing of Tilikum Crossing, “Bridge of the People,” the region’s new bridge over the Willamette River. Online registration will remain open for all events where space is still available until 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8 at the website: providencebridgepedal.org Tuesday, July 28, 2015
WASHINGTON — Is the honeymoon with Pope Francis over for Americans? A new Gallup poll shows that the favorability rating for the pontiff among U.S. respondents is now about 59 percent, down from 76 percent in early 2014 and close to the 58 percent rating Americans gave him when he was elected pope in March 2013. Tuesday, July 28, 2015
University of Portland is mourning the death of Mary Garaventa, whose family members have been major university benefactors and supporters for decades. Garaventa died at 91 in Concord, Calif., on June 29. Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Two Archdiocese of Portland priests traveled to northern Italy this summer to view the famous Shroud of Turin, mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of St. John Bosco, celebrate Mass with Pope Francis and be deeply moved by the worldwide Catholic communion. Sunday, July 26, 2015
ST. PAUL — In the course of 50 years, he’s been a teacher, principal, pastor, chancellor and history buff. What Msgr. Gregory Moys most cherishes is how his jobs brought him into human lives. Saturday, July 25, 2015
University of Portland has announced plans to construct a new residence hall with room for 270 students. The hall will be one of the most publicly visible buildings on campus, facing busy North Willamette Boulevard and Portsmouth Ave. Friday, July 24, 2015
Galen Rupp met his goal at the 2015 USATF Outdoor National Championships in Eugene in June. The former Central Catholic High School runner qualified for both the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in August. Thursday, July 23, 2015